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Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

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 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years,... Read More

Ash Wednesday

February 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Ashes, Lent, Liz Estler, Sacramentals, Sin

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Ash Wednesday   Editor’s Note: In order to better understand how the celebration of Ash Wednesday came about, and how to better enter into the Lenten season, today, as we begin this important time of Lent, we bring you an excerpt from an older text on the celebration of this penitential observance of the start of the Church’s Lenten season. “On Ash Wednesday the Church begins... Read More

Relics (Part III of III)

July 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

Relics

RELICS (Part III of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics. In Part II, we showed how relics reiterate the Incarnation.   Today, we will examine how relics reiterate the Resurrection.  Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John,... Read More

Relics (Part II of III)

July 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

Relics

RELICS (Part II of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics.  Today we will show how relics reiterate the Incarnation.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine... Read More

Relics (Part I of III)

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

Relics

RELICS (Part I of III)   Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine had me thinking. Why stop at the head? What about all the incorruptible bodies in the Church – St. Pio and St. Bernadette of Lourdes to name two – should they be on public display?? Is that a reverent ‘disposal’ of the body? Kindly clarify. With thanks. It’s... Read More

Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery

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Using the Catholic Faith As Part of Recovery Being Catholic is a walk with resolutions. Every confession and examination of conscious ends with the resolve to do better. Although real changes don’t come easy, we rely on God’s mercy and begin again after each fall. But add in an addiction and failing becomes habitual and can cause a person feel like he is beyond God’s mercy. Research reveals... Read More

Why Have Holy Water Fonts and Bless Ourselves with the Water?

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Water, Sacramentals

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Dear Father John, I know we bless ourselves with holy water when we come into Church. Why are there holy water fonts at the doors of the Church and why do we dip our fingers in them and bless ourselves as we enter? Why did we ever start doing this? I love this question! So many of the small gestures that we learn early on in our Catholic lives have various levels of meaning. And too often we can simply... Read More

The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

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What is the scapular, and why is it so important to Carmelites? Do you remember what Our Lady was wearing when she appeared to Bernadette? How about her appearance as Our Lady of La Salette? How did Juan Diego describe her or how did she appear on his tilma? It seems Our Lady had a different wardrobe each time! Whenever a visionary describes the appearance of Our Lady when she makes herself visible... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Week 4 of 6

April 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Navigating the Interior Life Week 4 of 6 Mother Mary Many persons delude themselves maintaining that they reach union with God without having continuous recourse to our Lord who is the way, the truth, and the life. Another error would consist in wishing to go to our Lord without going first to Mary…Protestants have fallen into this last error. Without going as far as this deviation, there are... Read More

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