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Confirmation — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Confirmation Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come, work in me again and enable me to live like a true soldier of Christ. MEDITATION Baptism is the [very first] Sacrament of Christian initiation. It introduces us into the Church, God’s great family, and infuses into our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of the Most High and brothers of Jesus Christ. Confirmation... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

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The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to... 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 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

Yes, Virginia, There is An Infant…

December 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Christmas

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Yes, Virginia, There Is An Infant… Dear Virginia, I am writing to tell you about something that has been on my mind for several weeks. It has bubbled up within me, percolating up and down my brain and saturating my thoughts. Like coffee grounds in a coffeemaker, flowing in and out of my daily life, it strengthened quietly within my inmost soul almost – but not quite – imperceptibly. Somehow,... Read More

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