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Three Witnesses:The Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist

February 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Three Witnesses:The Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist

“This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.” 1 John […]

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Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Three Chords and the Truth: Discipleship

The Great Commission, as it has come to be known, was given to the disciples of Jesus just before His Ascension into Heaven. These parting instructions to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) were addressed to His immediate listeners as well as “those who will believe in me through their word” […]

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Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

December 10, AD2017 3 Comments
Raising Our Children in the Catholic Faith

What About Your Children? When we became Catholic, some of our friends were concerned for the sake of our children. Catholics didn’t have children’s programs – how were we going to raise our children in the Christian faith? My husband and I chuckle at those ideas now, as we did then when we informed them […]

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Thy Will be Done on Earth

November 1, AD2017 1 Comment
Thy Will be Done on Earth

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. […]

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Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

September 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites

Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah.  The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well.  The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the […]

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Our New Sacramental Temple

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Our New Sacramental Temple

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2) As this passage from Psalm 63 tells us, the ancient Israelites yearned […]

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Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Through Love

April 6, AD2016 1 Comment
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Through Love

Christ and the Gospel The joyous season of Easter is among us. Another Lent has passed and we can now celebrate with the entire Church and the world that Christ is alive today. With Spring in our midst and the plants and flowers beginning to bud, it’s a true connection to new life. It is […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 2)

February 19, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 2)

Author’s Note:  This article is the second in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. The Luminous Mysteries The Joyous Mysteries leave […]

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Of God and Godparents

April 28, AD2015 1 Comment
Of God and Godparents

Everyone loves seeing the babies baptized early Sunday morning. Some squeal with delight while others cry their eyes out as the cold Holy Water runs across their heads. I’m always curious though about who the parents chose as godparents for their child. If physical similarities matter, many seem to have chosen a sibling or two […]

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5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families

July 6, AD2013 73 Comments
5 Things Parishes Can Do To Stop Losing Young Families

Matthew Warner recently discontinued his blog at the National Catholic Register. In his second-to-last blog post, Why the World Doesn’t Take Catholicism Seriously, he charged that the Church has gotten bad at making saints. “We Catholics don\’t look or act any different than non-Catholics. It\’s that simple.” How many of us really lead lives so […]

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Why Godparents Matter

June 8, AD2013 12 Comments
Why Godparents Matter

A few months ago we wrote about the Catholic Church’s teaching on infant baptism, specifically the Church’s command to have infants baptized as soon as possible after they are born. Not surprisingly, we encountered a diversity of strong opinions in the comment box. One frustrated commenter defined the godparent selection process as a “minefield.” No […]

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Is Baptism Really Necessary?

June 1, AD2013 6 Comments
Is Baptism Really Necessary?

I stumbled upon an interesting commentary about Saint John’s Gospel chapter 3 in Wiersbe Bible Commentary: New Testament by Warren W. Wiersbe while I was going through my e-Sword Bible software and I would like to respond to certain points raised by this Protestant scholar whom I am not familiar with. “Once again, we meet […]

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Letter to Parents About Baptism

March 1, AD2013 16 Comments
Letter to Parents About Baptism

Dear Parents Who Haven’t Baptized Their Children, I’ve been speaking to your parent/grandparent/relative/friend over the past few weeks in the lead up to, and at, my son’s baptism. They made a comment in conversation that they wished you would baptize your child and that they were worried about it. Now I’m sure you get comments […]

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