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Know the Catechism: The Eucharist is the Pledge of the Glory to Come

Grant, almighty God, that, just as we are renewed by the Supper of your Son in this present age, so we may enjoy his banquet for all eternity. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. -Prayer after communion, Mass of the Lord’s Supper- THE EUCHARIST – “PLEDGE OF THE GLORY TO COME” 1402 In…

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This makes me think… EVERYone is called to be HOLY

The Lord Jesus, the divine Teacher and Model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and everyone of His disciples of every condition. He Himself stands as the author and consumator of this holiness of life: “Be you therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect”.(216) Indeed He sent the Holy Spirit…

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This makes me think… every sin can be forgiven

There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. “There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest.” [Roman Catechism I, 11, 5.] Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to…

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Take 10 minutes and think about this before you go to Sunday Mass

Fr Robert Barron continues to be one of my favorite preachers. Here he gives an excellent explanation of  The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 

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This makes me think… about my first love of Jesus and the faith that came from that

Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise…

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My Column at Patheos has me working my way through Lumen Fidei (Francis’ first encyclical)

As the Year of Faith continues, I thought it wise to study and reflect on Francis’ first encyclical specially geared to teach on faith. This encyclical letter was much anticipated and begun by Benedict XVI, and was subsequently completed and released under Francis. It was released at the end of June, just in time for my summer…

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Don’t Miss the USCCB sale on Catechism Titles Every Catholic Home Should Have!

Besides the Bible, every Catholic home should have this reference texts! This is the annual sale that USCCB offers on these titles. This is the Church’s equivalent of a back-to-school sale. Do it! Now thru Sept 30 (yes, there’s a typo above, its not Sept 3, but the 30th) you can get 20% off hard…

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Pope Quotes: My Favorites from World Youth Day Homilies

With the hoopla that the mainstream media is making, and the Catholic blogosphere, in the last two days about the post-Rio press conference Pope Francis held aboard his flight home, you might have missed that there were a whole bunch of great quotes that the Pope gave to the world — catechetically speaking — and…

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Post Pentecost – Recalling the Effects of Confirmation

There’s a timely reminder in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for this “time” in the liturgical calendar – smack dab between Pentecost and Ordinary Time. And it is this: Pentecost should remind us of our Confirmation! CCC 1302 states: It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is…

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This makes me think… and it makes me slow down and concentrate on the consecration…

It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St….

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