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St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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ST JEROME AND BETHLEHEM’S CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE Did you know that St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and of translators? In Latin, his name is Hieronymus–which I love–and every September 30th, on the memorial of his death, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day! How awesome is that? Today, I’d like to show you to the cave in Bethlehem when he spent the last thirty years of his life,... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek

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My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is having a crisis of faith in which... Read More

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down?

September 26, 2014 by  
Filed under False Humility, Patti Armstrong, Pride, Sin

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, both put the focus on self. In... Read More

Spiritual Progress

Spiritual Progress Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity... Read More

Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: III/VI)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Church, Church Authority, Fr. Geiger, Magisterium

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Christ, the One Teacher of All (Mysticism and Magisterium: Part III of VI) We might summarize the previous two posts in this series by saying that we are called to think with the Church because Christ and the Church possess same Spirit who is present throughout history in the details. When the Church teaches, Christ teaches, and those who depart from the Church depart from Christ. In this post, we shall examine than manner in which... Read More

Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Vocations

Sister or Nun: What's the Difference? “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a Catholic nun. Yet, in the technical sense of the real... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I've heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen. On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil. Is the devil for real? If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven? It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus... Read More

That Loving Knowledge of God

September 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, God's Love, God's Will, Knowing God, Silence

That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God's Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing what to do – how to make or... Read More

Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus?

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

Father Fortea, what order do the three temptations of Jesus in the desert follow? Is there any significance to this order? In the synoptic gospels, we see how the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness immediately prior to the start of His public ministry (see Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:9-15; Lk 4:1-13). These temptations were those of bread, power, and worldly recognition. Now then, why would the devil tempt Jesus to worship him when he did... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Fortitude

Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act of fortitude is not to attack... Read More

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