ST. BLASE, PATRON OF THROAT ILLNESSES

 It’s great to be Catholic—We have so many cherished friends crowding around the throne of God! Like our earthly friends who are just a phone call away, the saints—those in the Church Triumphant who have already achieved the final goal—can hear the prayers of those of us who lumber along back here in the Church Militant.  When we pray, they carry our fervent prayers and intercede with the Father on our behalf; and Scripture assures us (Proverbs 15:29, Psalm 34:17, John 9:31) that God, Who hea … [Read more...]

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THINK THIS, NOT THAT #2: WAS JESUS CREATED? Answers from Nicaea

Introduction—What are we doing here?   This is article #2 of a series of at least 22 articles which will appear over the next several months—but you should expect a couple of “inserts,” smaller posts which explain the early provincial councils, or a particularly thorny debate, in greater detail.  Those who can do without the minutiae covered in these addendae will still end with a good overview of the complex issues which were resolved and the heresies which were refuted by the early church fathe … [Read more...]

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CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

I attended a workshop recently led by a Benedictine priest, a great writer and speaker. His message was good, and there was much to take away. Just one thing bothered me: He complained loudly about the Church.Let me put it in context. He's a priest. That is, he is ordained, consecrated to the service of Holy Mother Church and dedicated to the people of God. But rather than helping to build the Body of Christ, he tears it down by criticizing and belittling and griping about something so small … [Read more...]

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