Morality – A Complex Matter

Moral

I have been asked to conduct a two part session on Christian, specifically Catholic Christian morality.  Many people feel that the Catholic Church has an extensive set of rules – the do this and don’t do that list – that governs morality.  That is not the case.  I will post an audio of the two sessions once they are finished.  Below is an overview of what will be covered in the class:

Our Moral Life in Christ
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 10 and 11, 7:30 – 9PM

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Newnan, GA. 

In our modern society, morality seems to mean different things to different people.  For some, morality is subjective and what is or isn’t moral is up to a person’s feelings at the moment.  For others, morality is a strict set of rules that must be obeyed without question or thought, essentially becoming the “dos and don’ts” that govern life.  Then for others, morality is driven by their affiliation with a political party or point of view.  Our Moral Life in Christ, basically living a true Christian moral life is not subjective, political or simple.  For Catholic Christians, a moral life allows for personal freedom but demands hard work as well.  In this presentation/discussion we will explore what it means to live an authentic moral life and how to apply Christian morality to the contemporary issues that society faces today.  Please plan to join Deacon Steve Swope as we explore this important topic.

Southside Ultreya Address – Summer 2018

UltreyaLast evening I gave a talk to the Atlanta Southside Ultreya gathering.  I was asked by several members of that group to post my remarks so that others in their group could hear them.  The talk can be found here: Southside Ultreya TalkIt was an honor to be asked to address this wonderful group.

True Happiness, Peace and Joy!

I baptize Sawyer at St. George on July 17th. Sawyer is being held by his father with his mother and brother close by.

Being a Catholic Deacon involves a lot of things.  Most of us are involved in social justice ministries, we prepare couples for marriage, we stand up for the voiceless, the poor and the vulnerable, we preside at funerals and weddings and try to always be bridges and not walls as we serve others.  All that said, one of the most joyous things we do is baptize young children.  I am always inspired by the spirit of holiness, welcome, happiness and peace present at each baptism.  Yesterday was just such an occasion when I baptized Sawyer, the son and grandson of some dear friends. Sawyer, welcome into the great Christian community!