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Author Archive: Michael Cretaro

Hello. My name is Michael Cretaro. I live in upstate New York. I am a parishioner of St. Agatha's Catholic Church and have been all of my life. My brother John was an ordained Deacon. My Catholic faith is more than just something that is important to me. It defines who I am and why I am here. It defines where I am going and how I view the world and treat others. It is the very reason that I am able to make sense of how things work in the world today. My catholic faith gives me wisdom and understanding. And with God's grace it helps me to explain these things in writing to those who are drawn to them by the Holy Spirit. I have self published a book entitled "Questions from the Creator". It takes 63 questions from the bible and answers them in a way that enables the reader to understand what is really being said. In my writing I remain true to the teachings of the Church for I do not believe in things otherwise. I have had experience in doing radio shows and writing for the local diocesan Catholic newspaper. Some of the people who have been a influential blessing on me are Dr. Scott Hahn of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and EWTN as well as the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whom I love. I am 53 years old and live with my sister Mary. I am single and have no children, leaving my free time to serve the Lord and his Church according to his will. I am very thankful for and excited about this opportunity. Thank you.

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Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

There’s probably a good chance there are others, like me, who get bogged down in their everyday attempts to pray. But not giving up on prayer when the going gets tough is the only real solution to overcoming dryness in prayer. Everyone who prays regularly probably goes through dry periods in their prayer life. I […]

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A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Talent is a Terrible thing to Waste

Sometimes when something comes easy, we become complacent and start taking it for granted. But if that thing that we are taking for granted is a God-given talent, not developing it can lead to a life that is not being lived according to His plan for us. When I was in grade school and high […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Dreaming Can Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled in Life

March 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Dreaming Can Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled in Life

In my younger days, I was always a dreamer. I was, and to a certain extent still am someone who enjoys dreaming about all kinds of things. On one level there is nothing wrong with having big dreams. It’s natural for anyone.  But if it becomes a habit, like it did with me, it can […]

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Don’t be Too Proud To Ask For Help When You Have Problems

February 4, AD2018 1 Comment
Don’t be Too Proud To Ask For Help When You Have Problems

The process of recognizing that you have a problem and then coming to the point where you actually do something about it is like a journey. I think that very often the journey is not a pleasant one. I have shared before here at CS, to some extent, how I recovered from a drinking problem, […]

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Finding the Love of a Lifetime

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Finding the Love of a Lifetime

  Looking back on my life I can truly say, God has been very patient with me and also very gracious toward me. But it took me quite some time to be able to see and understand that. I was fortunate, while growing up, to have good parents who both had a strong Catholic faith. […]

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True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

December 7, AD2017 1 Comment
True Growth Entails Learning to Give Through Self-sacrifice

My mother was 43 and a-half years old when I was born. I was told that her pregnancy was very difficult. Without proper medical care, she, as well as I, might not have made it. Obviously, God had other ideas because both my mother and I did indeed make it through just fine. But as […]

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Get Out of Your Own Way and Let God Lead You

November 3, AD2017 1 Comment
Get Out of Your Own Way and Let God Lead You

Not all that long ago, when I was not as well off as I am today, I was in the detox unit at a local hospital. I was recovering from withdrawal and feeling pretty low, both physically and emotionally. But God’s plan for me was developing nonetheless. I remember a nurse coming into my room […]

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The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

October 7, AD2017 1 Comment
The Lesson on Self-Sacrifice I Learned From a Seed my Father Planted

I remember once, back in the early 1990’s, I was riding in the car with my father, who was driving me home from my job at the U.S. Postal Service. He was talking about how he never really had a father-son relationship with his own father. Then he said something I’ll never forget. He said, […]

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Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

September 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Saints Are Our Friends in a Really High Place

Praying to the saints to intercede on our behalf is a particularly Catholic belief. It is a teaching and tradition that has been practiced for centuries in the church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church helps us to understand how the saints can be of help to us. The intercession of the saints.    “Being […]

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Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

August 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Going to Confession

It is something that Catholics are told they must do and are urged to do frequently from the very beginning of their faith formation. Sadly, today, many Catholics are not doing it all. It is the act of going to a Priest and confessing their sins in order to receive forgiveness for those sins. Whether […]

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Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

July 10, AD2017 5 Comments
Wanting Purgatory Now – A Journey Towards Holiness

There are a number of things that distinguish Catholics from Protestant Christians.  One of these things is a belief in purgatory. Protestants think that simply accepting Jesus Christ as their savior (Solus Christus, Sola fide) guarantees that they will go to straight to heaven. Catholic Doctrine, however, says there are no guarantees. Purgatory might best be described […]

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Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

May 21, AD2017 4 Comments
Devotion to Mary Brought Me Closer to God

I have always had a special attraction to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ever since I was a child, there was something about seeing a statue of Mary or her image in a painting that drew me to her. Out of the fullness of revealed truth that is contained in the Catholic Church, I have always […]

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Discovering the Virtue of Chastity: A Personal Journey

May 4, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering the Virtue of Chastity: A Personal Journey

I am probably something of an anomaly in today’s world. I’m not a cleric but I have found fulfillment living a chaste life and serving God. Even though I have never married, I am content. As I look back over my life, I see a distinct pattern of growth that has resulted in who I […]

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