In Catholic belief, God created angels at the beginning of time, before man, to be perfect, intelligent beings independent of space and time. They are his servants and messengers and are always fixated on him. Whatsmore, they're here to help us get to heaven by praying for us and interceding on our behalf. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator and guide, directing his life."
There are nine different types of angels. Each has a relationship in service to God and man. Learn more about what they are and how they help guide our lives in Arkansas Catholic’s special section “All night, all day, angels are watching over us.”
(Photo: A statue of St. Michael the Archangel defeating Satan sits high in the sanctuary of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home.)(October 5, 2021)
The pandemic helped many Catholic young adults realize how important Christ and their faith are to them.
Studies show that up to 50 percent of Catholics 30 years old and younger have left the Church. These 15 profiles paint a picture of some young adults who are choosing to stay close to the Church in their careers and as volunteers in school, campus and parish ministries.
Church leaders around the state nominated young adults in the Diocese of Little Rock who are an inspiration to people in the pews. We interviewed some millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and some from Generation Z (born 1997 and later), asking them to share their faith journey. They work in schools, parishes and ministries full time, part time or as volunteers. Most are single, but some are engaged or married with children. For these profiles, we selected Catholics born from 1991 to 2003, now 18 to 30 years old.
Aprille Hanson Spivey, Dwain Hebda, Alesia Schaefer, Cole Blagg and Maryanne Meyerriecks contributed to profiles in this section.
*Editor's note: Articles will continue to be added to this section through Sept. 10.
(August 26, 2021)
Catholic students throughout Arkansas returned to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. In this section you'll read about social media etiquette for parents, meet the new principals, learn how schools spent COVID relief money and much more. Let us all pray for the safety and health of students, parents, teachers and staff.(August 18, 2021)
Catholics are called to forgive those around them daily. But how do we truly reach forgiveness and be at peace? In this section, you'll find stories of Catholics who have suffered betrayal and heartache, but have found it in their heart to forgive. It also includes priests discussing forgiveness from a Church standpoint, psychologists talking about the impact on mental and physical health and resources that can help you forgive.(July 29, 2021)
Graduations for 431 students in the state returned this month after delayed ceremonies in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this section, meet some of the bright and exceptional seniors from the six high schools in the diocese.(May 27, 2021)