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Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, is a pastoral associate at the St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Steve was the associate director of Busted Halo. Ordained in 2008, Fr. Steve served at St. Austin’s in Austin, Texas, where he led lessons on faith for school-aged kids at summer camp and motivational talks for African-American professionals. He also led retreats and missions for young adults and other groups in the church.
June 17th, 2013

For a long time there’s been a belief that with faith, one cannot doubt and that with doubt, one cannot have true faith. This is true if we let doubt fuel mistrust. However, if we use doubt to help us formulate questions about our search for truth, then we can begin to see doubt as a good thing. So, to answer the question directly, it depends on how you use doubt on your journey of faith. Imagine doubt as a travel agent offering you a trip to an uncharted island to learn and experience something new about your world. Some may find such a trip requires too much — too time consuming, too frustrating, too scary, too risky — and therefore dismiss the trip and use the agent’s offer as a reason to disengage. “It just…

June 12th, 2013

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. What exactly are we ministering? Who are we ministering to? How are we doing at it? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, June 12, 2013)
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June 12th, 2013

After reading the intercessory prayer that Abraham makes on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18, it’s easy to see how one might think that prayer could change God’s mind. However, the question of whether prayer does change God’s mind first requires a closer look at what prayer actually is.
Church teaching looks at prayer through three lenses:

First, prayer is a gift from God and we need humility to use it properly. Humility helps us defend against pride and selfishness — things that can cause us to view God as a magic genie rather than Our Heavenly Father.
Second, prayer expresses our covenant relationship with God, affirmed by our heart’s true participation when praying.…

June 11th, 2013

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Father Steven has a deep connection and affection for Barnabus. Find out why. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Tuesday, June 11, 2013)
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June 9th, 2013

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Steven speaks (and sings) the truth: you gotta keep hope alive. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, June 9, 2013)…

June 5th, 2013

I remember this very question from a friend of mine who identifies as Atheist. As he was fixing some of his fantastic spaghetti, I noticed that he was using a new kind of tomato paste, so I asked him, “Why are you using that brand?” He said that he saw it on a cooking show and heard that it was a good quality brand. “Is it safe to eat?” I asked. “Of course it is!” he said. I replied: “Are you sure that that very can you have in your hand has been packaged safely with nothing that could cause us harm? No consumer recalls? No rotten tomatoes? No canning malfunctions? No food poisoning? How do you know… this very can is safe to eat?” He actually said, “Well, I guess I don’t

May 12th, 2013

Seventh Sunday of Easter/Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Father Steven shares his thoughts on this very special day indeed. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, May 12, 2013)
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May 8th, 2013

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter. Father Steven gives us a history lesson as well as an inspiring point. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, May 8, 2013)
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May 1st, 2013

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. We have our faith yes, but we need to work too. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, May 1, 2013)
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April 18th, 2013

When I first heard about Earth Day, I wasn’t on board. It fell on my birthday, and I was suspicious about anything that could potentially cut into my gift-getting. However, during its big push in 1990, I was convinced — even frightened — that if I didn’t do my part in conservation efforts, Mother Earth would be doomed. She looked so sad in those cartoon depictions. I took immediate heed and started to “go green.” I stopped turning on the TV just to have noise in the house. When brushing my teeth, I kept the spigot on low and turned it off when not rinsing. Even as a family, we instituted some environmentally friendly efforts. We reused containers creatively, started recycling,…

March 27th, 2013

Wednesday of Holy Week. One can only wonder: what happened with Judas? What made him betray Jesus in such a way?  (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, March 27, 2013)
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March 20th, 2013

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Father Steven tells a story of the Truth and a Lie and a lake and a speech. Quite the moral here. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, March 20, 2013)
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March 4th, 2013

Monday of the Third Week of Lent. What can the story of Naaman and the river tell us about our relationship with God, and seeing God? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Monday, March 4, 2013)
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March 3rd, 2013

Third Sunday of Lent. Father Steven asks us an ever-pertinent question: for what well are we drinking from? Which one should we be drinking from? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, March 3, 2013)
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February 27th, 2013

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent. Although Father Steven loves Jeremiah, he admits that he kind of slips up here. But to our moral benefit. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, February 27, 2013)
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January 1st, 2013

She was the beauty that was once revered for having the most beautiful voice in the world, garnering such an impressive array of recognition for her talents that she held the Guinness Book of World Records title for most awarded female act of all time in 2009. While the social legacy of Whitney Houston is still under construction as the entire world wrestles with the tension of the troubled and struggling woman who sang the songs of our lives and touched millions of hearts, my mind is made up.
Whitney Houston’s remade version of “The Greatest Love of All” hit the charts in 1986, the year I graduated high school. Though it wasn’t the song our school choir sang, it was the “unofficial official” theme song of…

December 28th, 2012

This is not the article that I intended to write. I was putting the finishing touches on the first draft while watching my 3-year-old niece emphatically demonstrate her defiant hold on “terrible-twoness” when my cell phone alerted me to the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Turning on the TV, my shock moved from horror to sadness to fear to anger and round again within minutes. I instinctively picked up my niece and hugged her despite her loud protests. She was not just being my niece whose moodiness I’d gladly prefer to nothing at all; she was also a representation of every child who perished in that massacre and all our babies who have fallen innocently out of our hands.…

December 6th, 2012

‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through our home,
were the decor and dressings
of a quaint yuletide tome.
School-made stockings were hung
to the hymns of a choir,
In the radiant glow
of our fireplace…fire!!!…

Horror ensued as I worried how Santa would ever survive his traditional entrance to our home via chimney. Worse still, how would the robot that he was sure to bring going to fare in the soot and heat? Though I’d been told that Santa worked through my family and friends to bring the presents on Christmas morning, I was always convinced that somehow, somewhere, he really did exist. Ironically, Santa proved me right not at Christmas, but at Easter.
The Easter I became Catholic, members of the parish

November 19th, 2012

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve further clarifies his point that we should look to find and hold onto the strong and reassuring hand of God. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Monday, November 19, 2012)…

November 18th, 2012

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Steve invites us to remember the steadiness and constant presence of God in our lives. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 5:10pm)…

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