THE FAITH EXPLORER is the Faith Formation blog of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Morrisville, PA. Its mission is a simple but vital one: to present the adults of our parish community with opportunities to explore the many riches of our Catholic faith, so that we may become mature in our faith and deepen our relationship with Christ. Our inspiration comes from these words of Jesus: “If you remain in My Word, you will truly be My disciples, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). To that end, we will present throughout the year, in-parish events that will clarify the teachings of the Catholic Church and inspire all who participate to greater holiness through better understanding of the Truth. You can register for the event(s) of your choice without moving from this site. THE FAITH EXPLORER will also publish monthly articles and videos about faith, liturgy and the sacraments by the Holy Father, our Archbishop, our Monsignor, and guest authors from the priesthood and laity throughout the Catholic world. We encourage you to subscribe to THE FAITH EXPLORER, so that you can be kept up to date about new articles, speakers, videos and additions or changes to the program lineup.
“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definitive and has as its highest value one’s own ego and one’s own desires… The church needs to withstand the tides of trends and the latest novelties…. We must become mature in this adult faith, we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith.” ~Pope Benedict XVI
About St. John the Evangelist
John was one the twelve apostles who followed Jesus. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the Great, another one of the twelve. His father was a fisherman of Caphernaum, who with several employees fished in Lake Galilee. His mother, Salome, became one of the holy women who followed Jesus, along with Mary Magdalen. Both John and his brother James were followers of John the Baptist at first, but later became disciples of Jesus. John was probably the youngest of the twelve apostles, and called himself later the “disciple whom Jesus loved”. Both John and his brother had a fiery nature, so Jesus called them the “sons of thunder”. Among the twelve he held a special place: With Peter and James he witnessed the Transfiguration and the Agony at Gethsemane; he was the only one of the twelve who stood at the foot of the cross, when Jesus died. And finally, Jesus charged him with the care of His mother. After Christ’s death John stayed in Judea and Samaria for a while, and was one of the pillars of the early Church. Tradition holds that he moved to the city of Ephesus, with Mary, the mother of Jesus. From there he ministered to several Christian communities in Asia Minor. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the three letters named for him, and the book of Revelations (also known as the Apocalypse). He returned to Ephesus, where he wrote his gospel (about 100 AD). He died in the year 104 AD, at an advanced old age. John is often depicted with an eagle, in reference to the opening words of his gospel, where his ideas soar to mystical heights.