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Come Follow Me

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Come Follow Me   Presence of God– O Jesus, obedient even unto the death of the Cross, teach us to follow Your example. MEDITATION Jesus said to the young man who was aspiring to perfection, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,”—the evangelical counsel of poverty — “and come follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)—the counsel of voluntary obedience, according... Read More

Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Mullady, Mortal, Sin

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Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh Editor’s note: It is our great pleasure to welcome Father Brian Mullady OP to our writing team. He is a professor, preacher and retreat master, who has authored three books, and is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life. Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! It is a moral truth that “if we don’t know something is... Read More

Our Destiny is Love

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Our Destiny is Love Why did God make you? Some of us memorized the answer to that question as children. The Baltimore Catechism says, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next” (No. 6). More specifically, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be... Read More

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down?

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Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down? “Oh, I’m so inept!  I can’t do anything right!” There are endless variations of the self-deprecating rants. They are dressed up like humility but smack of pride. The person announcing his failings probably does not boast and is instead seeking a humble path, but he unwittingly travels by way of pride.  Whether boasting or bemoaning one’s own characteristics,... Read More

How Does Our Emotional Health Help Us To Be Holy?

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The Parable of the “Emotionally Healthy Samaritan” How does our emotional health help us to be holy? In Luke’s Gospel we hear of the “good” Samaritan, the kind soul who helps the man beaten by robbers and left for dead at the side of the road.  In stark contrast, the priest and Levite walk away, even crossing to the other side of the street to avoid confronting this reality. We’re... Read More

What is Evil? Aquinas’ Classical Definition Found in Catechism

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Fr. Fortea

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What is Evil? Father Fortea, what is evil? Evil is the lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a thing. For example, blindness is a physical evil because it is the absence of the ability to see, which is proper to a human being. In moral terms, sin is the absence of a particular virtue in a person. As such, evil is not something that exists in itself; it is merely the absence of the... Read More

Is there Anything Wrong with Remaining Childless?

November 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Drs. Franks, Marriage Spirituality

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Dear Angela and David, there was an article in TIME Magazine a few months ago about how a “childfree” life is so fulfilling. I’m recently married, and I have to confess that I’m scared about having kids. Is there anything wrong with remaining childless if one doesn’t contracept in order to do it? Angela says: The TIME article is called “The Childfree Life.” Its main point is that kids... Read More

Does God interfere with our free will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

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Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

Root sin classifications… Which one is right?

May 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Root Sin, Sin

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Dear Father John, This is really interesting guidance. In the catechism, we learn that root sins are seven and they are, 1) pride, 2) covetousness, 3) lust, 4) anger, 5) gluttony, 6) envy and 7) slothfulness. In your classification there are three. Can you please make it more clear? This question illustrates how rich our Catholic faith really is; it transcends our ability to comprehend it; there is... Read More

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