Peace of Christ be with you. My name is Danny. I’m 19, I’m from Chicago, Illinois, and I’m a seminarian (someone studying to be a priest) in the Maronite rite of the Catholic Church. I am in love with Jesus Christ and his Church and I am here to share the beauty and truth of Catholic Christianity with you. I have a page of links with resources for you to become more informed about Christianity if you swipe. Let me know how I can help you in your faith journey. Seriously, don’t be afraid to reach out. 💚
✞ For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
✞ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.
🇻🇦If you want to get to know who this Jesus man is, I suggest reading chapter 7, verses 36 through 50 of the gospel according to Saint Luke. It’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Link is below for your convenience.
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Resources for non-Christians
God Loves You!
Christianity is true in the same way that gravity is true. Both are truths about our universe. If you never learned about the force of gravity in school, you wouldn’t know what it is. You might recognize its effect, but you wouldn’t know what to call it. It is the same with God, but don’t let God be just a concept to you. God is our creator. He loves you incredibly and desires to have a relationship with you! I am here to help you meet him.
I know you must have questions about the meaning of life, or about what happens at church, or about who God is and where he is. If you want, you can DM me with questions you have about Catholicism and I will answer them and work through anything with you. Don’t be shy! Jesus is my favorite topic of conversation.
Catholicism, as the fullness of Christianity (which itself is the fulfillment of Judaism), is so simple that a child can understand the basics of it, but so complex that someone can study it for their whole life and still have more to learn. Start learning now.
If you want to learn more about Christianity, start here. Below is a link to a playlist I made for your convenience to learn more about the faith and get an introduction to theology. Please don’t deprive yourself of knowledge or wisdom. Just give these videos a shot. The first few aren’t too long and are absolutely worth your time. You’ll get answers to questions like: Did Jesus really die on a cross and then resurrect from the dead? Did Jesus’ followers lie about who he really was? Did they make up all that they had seen? Did they embellish their testimonies? You’ll also be introduced to philosophical proofs for God’s existence, if you’re interested.
You don’t have to watch all the videos in one sitting; I admit it’s quite a lot to take in, but I recommend bookmarking the playlist or coming back here to pick up where you left off another time. Also check out the other playlists on my channel and the people I am subscribed to for more resources. My goal is that at the very least you will be exposed to the rich intellectual tradition of Christianity and learn about what your fellow human beings believe even if you don’t ultimately accept it for yourself.
“Tweeting with God”
Quick answers to common questions about Christianity. They have an app, but I prefer the website.
Free Bible App
The Bible is not one book, but a library of books, with virtually all genres represented: letter, novella, biography, history, poetry, and more. The Bible, comprising of 73 books, was compiled and canonized by the Catholic Church and is available to read in practically every language. When we pray, we speak to God. When we read Scripture, God speaks to us.
At the very least, you should read the Bible to know what many of your fellow human beings believe in, even if you will not accept it for yourself as God’s revelation to humanity.
I recommend using the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) as your translation. It has great footnotes to guide your comprehension and it has numerous cross references for you to draw connections between different parts of God’s Word.
If you want to read the Bible on desktop, I recommend biblegateway.com
Also, add me as a friend on the Bible app! Just look up my full name and my profile should pop up.
Free Audio Bible App
For those that prefer listening over reading, you can listen to the Scriptures with videos on YouTube. Just look up what book of the Bible you want to listen to along with the particular translation if you prefer one over another. I also recommend this website and app for listening to Scripture. What’s nice is that you can read along with the narration like an audiobook.
Free Bible commentary app to help guide your reading of Scripture, especially considering that there are many hard to understand passages in the Bible. Their app is not as pretty as their website, but it’s a great resource nonetheless.
Free Prayer App
This app has the daily Bible readings of the Roman rite, daily feast days, and common prayers including novenas, consecrations, chaplets, and more. The app is called “Regina Caeli” which means “Queen of Heaven” in Latin and is a title given to the Virgin Mary since she is the Mother of Jesus, who is God, and thus the queen of God’s kingdom, which is heaven.
Common Catholic Prayers
These prayers are to be memorized by every believer. I say them all the time.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Catechism is a summary of the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is quite a long read, but if you truly want to know what Catholics believe, this is where you will readily find all the doctrines in one place. Each paragraph is numbered.
Catechism of the Catholic Church eBook
You can read a free ebook version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (abbreviated as CCC) here on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This version is better for desktop, while the former format is better for mobile. The book begins on page 9.
These are some infographics on basic theology. They are made by a man who goes by the username Defense of Sanity. He has a YouTube channel by the same name that I recommend. The videos he posts there are simple to understand for those not well versed in Christian theology.
The Journey Home
A TV segment hosted by Catholic TV channel EWTN. You can find each episode posted on YouTube in this playlist. Every week they host a guest to tell their story about how they were guided to the Catholic faith by the grace of God. Each episode is an hour long. They host people from many different backgrounds: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Protestantism, New Age, atheism, and so forth. All were guided to their home in the Catholic Church, and I pray that you find a home here too, for Catholicism is the fullness of God’s revelation to His children on earth.
EWTN is the NourSat or Telelumière of the United States, if you are familiar with those channels. EWTN stands for Eternal Word Television Network.
Miracles of Mother Teresa
In order for a person to become a canonized Saint (uppercase S) in the Catholic Church, they must perform two miracles through their intercession (prayers in heaven) after they have died to prove that they are in heaven. These are the two approved miracles that led to the sainthood of St. Teresa of Kolkata, known to many as Mother Teresa.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
You’ve probably heard of Our Lady of Guadalupe but don’t know the story of it. I’ve linked a video below. The YouTuber, Lizzie, makes great videos on Catholic theology and other topics such as veganism and bipolar disorder. She is a convert from the Church of Christ denomination.
I consider St. Charbel to be my patron Saint, as miracles have happened in my life through his intercessory prayers. Here is a short video that shares a bit about his story. I recommend subscribing to this priest’s channel as well. He posts short inspirational videos every day, like this one.
Use this website to find Catholic churches near you. Reach out to your local priest if you are interested in becoming Catholic or just have questions about the faith. I recommend looking up the stories of who/what the churches are named after. For example, if there is a parish near you named after St. Magdalene of Nagasaki, look up their story. In this way, you can learn some theology and learn the unique stories of some human beings that have walked the earth before you.
The God Who Sees
A 12 minute oratorio (musical piece) telling the story of 4 people whose stories are recorded in the Bible: Hagar, Ruth, David, and St. Mary Magdalene, who is pictured on the previous page clutching the cross. Warning: it might make you cry!
The Song of Bernadette
2½ hour long movie free on YouTube about the story of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette. It’s in black and white, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s a great movie that accurately portrays the true story. I cried watching this!
Amuze Art Lectures
YouTube channel that posts short (~2 minute) art lectures, on both secular and Christian artworks.
Adoration of the Cross
This YouTube channel posts hymns and chants in many different languages: Latin, Greek, German, Arabic, and Aramaic to name a few. Take a break from modernity to listen to some ancient chants!
My Favorite Hymn
My favorite hymn (at the moment) based on Psalm 23.
My Favorite Christian Song
My favorite Christian song (at the moment) based on Matthew 22:34-40 where Jesus gives us the two greatest commandments in Christianity: love God, love people (the Golden Rule). If you would like to hear more Christian pop music, tune in to 97.9 fm if you’re in the Chicago area for K-Love, the Christian music station.
My YouTube Christmas Playlist
All of the videos are lyric videos for you to sing along with! The first half of the playlist is composed of Christian songs while the second half of the playlist features secular Christmas favorites.
This is basically the Catholic Buzzfeed, with articles on pop culture and even quizzes!
If you are not a Reddit user, I highly recommend you make an account. If you have a question about Christianity or Catholicism more specifically, feel free to use the resources I am recommending here to do research, or ask it on the Catholicism Reddit forum (called a subreddit) where other folks more knowledgeable on the topic can address your inquiry. Feel free to DM me too! What I like about Reddit is that people ask questions I didn’t even know I had, then other people answer them, so I learn a lot just from scrolling.
Catholic Memes Subreddit
Another Reddit forum (subreddit) that I like to scroll through.
If you feel so inclined, consider donating to Caritas (look up the meaning of Caritas on Google). They are a charity organization under the Catholic Church that works all throughout the world, seeking to fulfill Jesus’ wish that all people be treated with dignity for their humanity. The Catholic Church is one of, if not the, world’s biggest charitable organization, sponsoring soup kitchens, adoption centers, orphanages, hospices, hospitals, clinics, and shelters throughout the whole world. Caritas did a lot to help out the Lebanese people following the Beirut explosion in August 2020 and they continue to serve the people of Lebanon in their current economic crisis.
Congrats on making it this far. I hope all of the things I have linked have helped you, and please, reach out to me if I can assist you in any way. My DMs are always open. And let me know if you would like resources in other languages too, and I will do my best to find some for you. As someone aspiring to be a priest, my ultimate desire is to help foster your relationship with God, so if I can help in any way, whether it be offering my time to educate you on a topic you would like to know more about, or simply praying for you, I am here.
May the Omnipotent and Omnibenevolent Lord God bless you, and keep you, and guide you in your studies.
Resources for Christians
Jesus Loves You!
Here are some resources for Christians to dive deeper into the treasure chest that is our faith.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” Gospel of Matthew 13:44-46
Have questions about Catholicism? Want to learn why we believe what we believe? This site is basically Google for theology. Just type in what you want to learn about. For example: “praying to Saints,” “who compiled the Bible,” “early Church,” or “Eucharist.” You could also just scroll on their home page to read some random articles and learn interesting things. Their YouTube channel by the same name is a great resource as well. There’s a reason I put this at the top of my list of resources. Make use of it! This site has helped me so much and I hope it helps you to learn more too. I used it to essentially catechize myself. This is also a great resource for non-Christians.
Saint of the Day
Every day is a holiday when you’re Catholic because we recognize that every day is a gift from God and life itself is a miracle and a gift from the one who breathes life into each one of us. Moreover, every day is a holiday when you’re Catholic because every day is dedicated to a different saint in the ecclesiastical calendar. Read a short article telling you about today’s saint of the day with this link.
Read excerpts from the Church Fathers on a variety of topics. The Church Fathers, most of whom are canonized Saints, were early Christians whose writings were instrumental in the growth of Christian theology. In terms of significance, the Church Fathers’ writings are to Christianity like the Hadith are to Islam. Christian theology is based on Scripture (the Bible) which is corroborated by Sacred Tradition (traditions passed down to modern Christians from Jesus & the Apostles through time, as attested to in the writings of the Church Fathers). This resource is especially helpful to non-Catholic Christians that want to learn more about early Christianity, or Catholic Christians that want to learn more about our apostolic tradition. Non-Christians probably will not understand the significance of these writings at first.
Here you can read fully translated texts from the Church Fathers. Through their writings, we can learn what the early Church was like. This resource is especially helpful to non-Catholic Christians that want to learn more about Church history, or Catholic Christians that want to learn more about our apostolic tradition.
Epistle to the Smyrnaeans
Epistle is simply a fancy word for a letter that we use in Christian circles. The writer of this epistle is St. Ignatius of Antioch (which is a city in modern-day Turkey). He was a bishop in the first century, taught and ordained by St. John the Apostle, and later eaten by lions in the Roman Colosseum which is often reflected in his iconography, as in the photo above. In this letter, he writes to the Christians in the city of Smyrna (also in modern-day Turkey). I’m sharing this letter in particular because it gives you a clarifying glimpse into what early Christians were like. Remember, he was an ordained bishop taught by St. John, and remember, “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch,” so we can trust his testimony (Acts 11:26).
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart
A prayer I like to pray, especially during the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June).
I like to use these videos to help me meditate on the life of Jesus as I pray the rosary. These videos would be helpful for those unfamiliar with the rosary, as it guides you through the prayers. The YouTube channel that uploaded these videos is a wonderful resource.
When I pray the rosary, I like to accompany my meditation with Scripture, and I use this website often to help me with that. A scriptural rosary is different from a regular rosary in that you read one Bible verse before each Hail Mary prayer.
Free Mary App
Pray the rosary and learn more about our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, with this free app. One thing I love about this app is that you can schedule for it to send you a reminder at a certain time to pray. I also love that this app has within it the stories of many verified Marian apparitions.
Free Divine Mercy App
Free app to learn more about the Divine Mercy devotion, one of my personal favorite Catholic devotions. You can pray the chaplet of the Divine Mercy with this app. One of my favorite features is that you can sign up to get a notification for 3 o’clock prayer. 3 o’clock is the hour in which Jesus died so that we may live forever with him in heaven and be freed from sin.
Beautiful and inspiring Catholic wallpapers for your phone.
Beautiful wallpapers of Catholic art for your phone or desktop.
My Spotify playlist of secular music with no swears or foul lyrics, just good vibes for pious ears.
The Veil Removed
A 7 minute short film about what happens at Mass (Catholic Church service). The “veil removed” refers to the veil that separates heaven and earth being removed at Mass.
♰ Cross Designs ♰
I love this website because they have many different cross designs and when you click on one they tell you the story behind that cross. In this way you can learn the stories of crosses you may recognize but not know what group they represent or where that design comes from. They have one on the Maronite cross.
Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
I wrote this mostly for non-Catholic Christians (i.e. Protestants):
Receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, also known as Communion or the Lord’s Supper, is the climax of every Catholic liturgy. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving (εὐχαριστία).
The Eucharist is talked about all throughout the Bible, but mentioned explicitly in verses such as:
✞ Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
✞ On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight.
✞ Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
1 Corinthians 10:16
✞ The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
✞ For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
🍞🍷 The celebration of the Last Supper that happens at church is not merely symbolic or commemorative, but breaks through the veil that separates heaven and earth as the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ become present for all to consume and adore following the consecration of the bread and wine.
🩸Yes, the Eucharist is Jesus Christ Himself, the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Word Made Flesh. Indeed, He is the perfect sacrifice, the perfect Oblation, whom we offer to the Father at every liturgy, which He commanded us to do when He said “do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19). Early Christians were accused of, and persecuted for, being cannibals because they confessed to eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ, which Catholic and Orthodox Christians still do to this day, following their example (and that of St. Paul too, as shown above).
If you read writings from the Church Fathers, you will find that belief in the True Presence of the Eucharist (i.e. that it is not symbolic) was universal. Why? Because this doctrine was passed down to them from the Apostles and from Jesus Himself, as we read in the epistle of St. Ignatius that I shared on the previous page, as just one instance of such attestation.
If you desire the Eucharist (that is, the Bread of Life: Christ Himself), there is only one place you can find it: in the very Church Christ founded. I am Catholic because I want to worship God not in a man-made way or through a man-made tradition, but in the way He wants me to, in the way that the first Christians were taught, and in the way they passed it down to preserve this teaching for the generations to follow, to the point that modern day Catholic priests have a direct connection, a line of apostolic succession, to Jesus Himself and the first priests: the 12 Apostles. The reason Catholics have priests is because this is a continuation from the Old Testament. Jesus did not come to abolish the Old Covenant, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). The liturgy is the fulfillment of the Passover feast in which the priest offers Jesus as the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). 🐑
⛪️ There is a difference between trying to live a version of Christianity based solely on your fallible personal interpretation of the Bible (Sola Scriptura), and living the Christianity that the first Christians in the Bible themselves practiced, and passed on (Sacred Scripture + Sacred Tradition). Jesus said that unless you eat His flesh, you will have no life in you (John 6:53). All Christians until the Protestant Reformation faithfully understood his words to be true. Do you stand in opposition to those who went before you?
If you’re utterly confused as to what I’m saying, go to a Catholic church and see what I mean for yourself. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me for clarification either.
Below I’ve linked a video for your convenience to help you understand what the Eucharist is, and its biblical origins as the greatest of the 7 Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
One Solitary Life —
Salvation History —
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” -Matthew 5:17
King of the Universe —
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” -Prophet Micah 6:8
Prince of Peace —
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6
The Truth —
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6
The Bread of Life —
He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4
We are Children of God —
“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” -Hebrews 2:14-18
My Lord and my God —
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" -John 20:28
Misunderstood Messiah —
“The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!” The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” -Matthew 27:39-43
God Sent His Son —
“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” Hebrews 1:1-3
Your Redeemer —
He died that you might live forever.
The Lord of All —
“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” -John 12:32My testimony on YouTube
Confession of Faith —
أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأشهد أن يسوع ابن الله
Every Knee Shall Bend —
“Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to me.” -Isaiah 45:22-23
The Sacred Heart of Jesus —
God, why do you love me so much?
Behold the Man —
“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.” -John 19:7
So you want to grow closer to God. Here’s how to do it.
This page is still a WIP.