6. ASKING A THEOLOGICAL QUESTION?
Email is not a good means of communication for spiritual direction or theological mentoring. Please talk to your pastor or church office to find a good spiritual director near you, for face-to-face discussion, instead of looking to me for this kind of help.
Sometimes, due to the brevity of a reflection, my meaning is misinterpreted. If what I have written seems to be against Church teaching, please forgive my inability to communicate it clearly. Be assured that if the Lord is challenging you to new growth, you have my prayers. When you subscribed to the Good News Reflections, you subscribed to a Catholic email service that is NOT intended to avoid controversial issues, but it IS meant to challenge. My personal commitment to Christ is that I always share what the Holy Spirit inspires me to share and that I always stay in keeping with the teachings of the Church Magisterium in which I have been trained.
I do not like promoting my credentials (you can see them here), because I prefer that the truth stand on its own, not on any merits that I have. I prefer that the Holy Spirit, not my credentials, is what convinces people to learn what the Lord wants them to know from what I write.
However, be assured that I am well versed in Church teachings and embrace them completely. To stay in keeping with the teachings of our Church Magisterium, I have studied Church documents for many years. I have taken theology and scripture courses approved by the Church. I rely on Church documents to show me how to interpret the scriptures correctly. I read the entire Catechism as soon as it came out and gave courses on it in parishes, always promoting adherence to it. I respect the authority of the pope. I have read the writings of numerous Saints and Doctors of the Church as if they were my mentors and spiritual directors.
We at Good News Ministries are neither liberal-minded Catholics nor ultra-conservatives. We are orthodox and "radical", meaning we go to the root (which is what the word "radical" means) of our faith.
If my writings ever sound like I'm promoting a watered-down Gospel or compromises with the truth, please understand that it only seems that way due to the necessary brevity of words. I would rather be thrown into the sea (the Gulf of Mexico near where I live) with a millstone around my neck than lead anyone astray! May God put a stop to my ministry immediately if I am not speaking the truth! Amen!!!
Your servant in Christ,