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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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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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