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Terry Polakovic – Navigating the Interior Life

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

Terry Polakovic: Advance Praise for “Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God”

“It is a special grace to be able to entrust the direction of your soul to someone else, for it is far too easy to get lost on our journey Praise for Navigating the Interior Life byTerry Polakovic toward God. A good spiritual director can help you retain your interior composure, particularly during times of stagnation, lukewarmness and discouragement. It is a joy to be able to lay bare your most intimate thoughts and feelings with someone who can help you: someone who understands you, supports you, and prays for you. With this handbook, Dan has provided a clear map on how to find that person and choose that path. Follow it! It will change your life forever.” — Terry Polakovic

To learn more about Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, click here.

Terry Polakovic was recently granted the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross (For the Church and Pontiff), the highest Papal award offered to laypersons, by Pope Benedict XVI and is the founder of the apostolate, Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women (ENDOW).

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Photography of Terry Polakovic and ENDOW ministry logo — courtesy of Terry Polakovic, used with permission.

 

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  • Lawrence_mosher

    My wife and I are converts to the Catholic Church back in 1991 from the Episcopal Church. Just this past weekend ‘out of the blue’ my wife asked if we attend our niece’s Protestant Episcopal Wedding Communion, we can receive Communion? I said “no” we can’t. We all believe in the same God don’t we, she asked? Then she asked, what makes the Catholic communion ‘so special’, that I cannot receive any other church’s communion?

    Father Dan, I am lost for answers. As you will note, we came into the Catholic Church before the 2nd edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was published and our R C I A program had xeroxed Baltimore Catechism pages.

    What is the best way to address this to be not only be a ‘learning experience’, but also something that not be a “talking down” dialogue between husband and wife?

    Peace be with you!

    Larry Mosher
    Kennesaw, GA

  • Jackie

    Dan:  Thank you for this link.  I only wish I had it two weeks ago when I struggled with the same issue as Larry did in that my husband is still protestant and is upset I do not take communion with him .  I finally, after mis-information by a priest had a friend check with his vicar who basically said the same thing as Fr. Bartunek did only maybe a little more specific  Canon Law 844 addresses this but a lot of Catholics have said to me to use my conscience in this matter.  If our conscience is formed by the church then it is a no brainer but those not of the faith do not understand.
    Jackie

    • LizEst

      You are right Jackie. There is no substitute for a well-formed conscience. And, an uniformed conscience is NOT a loophole for moral truth.

      “A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience…it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.” (cf Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] paragraph 1790).

      “This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man ‘takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.’ In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.” (CCC, 1791).

      Canon 844 specifically addresses reception of sacraments, when in danger of death and other very specific special circumstances to be determined by competent church authority as described in the Code of Canon Law. Otherwise, the answer is no, a Catholic may not participate in the “sacraments” of a non-Catholic denomination.

      Basically, other than the exceptions noted in Canon 844, to receive so-called communion in a Protestant denomination is detrimental to ecumenism; because, although it may not be intentional, it makes light of the differences between the different faiths and, essentially, implies that all faiths are the same…so why work on ecumenism? On another level, it mocks Christ in the Blessed Sacrament equating communion in a Protestant denomination with the true Holy Communion in the Catholic Church in which we receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. They are not the same.

      • LizEst. I could not have stated it any better.  The Soul  in every Catholic Church resides in the Tabernacle.  The Holy Eucharist is the Real Presence – the Very, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself.  No other Church has this Sacrament.  So let us never try to rationalize or compromise on this Divine Truth.  To do that is to mock Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit.  A Sacrilegious Sin no matter who tells you otherwise.  Let every Catholic, who believes the Divine Truth as taught by Mother Church refrain completely from attempting to pick and chose what to believe and what to reject in the Divine Truth which subsists in the Catholic Church. Worse still, let no one ever try to mock Jesus in this Holy Sacrament.  If we do this, we are no longer authentic Catholics but something else.

  • Jackie

    Thank you LizEst!  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this site if nothing more than to know there are like-minded Catholics faithful to the church.  My journey has been a struggle at times and it is through this website that I am able to stay on the path that leads to the truth. 

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