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Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist

June 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

sins

Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58). True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us.... Read More

Some Babies Cry when a Cross Touches Their Forehead at Baptism: Why?

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

  Dear Father John, I like to ask you something. I am a protestant minister and I realized that sometimes when I have baptized a child they scream when I put a cross on their forehead and then calm down after they have been baptized. I just wonder what makes some babies cry when a cross touches their forehead?” This is an interesting question, especially since you have identified what seems... Read More

Baptism

Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but... Read More

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Fr. Bartunek

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize   Dear Father John, Sometimes I get nervous, even scared, at the thought of evangelizing. Is this normal, and how can I overcome these feelings? THE CHURCH’S DEEPEST identity is found in her mission to evangelize, to proclaim and foster the growth of Christ’s kingdom. And God calls every Christian, every member of the Church, no matter how apparently small... Read More

What Exactly Are Virtues?

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Virtue

What Exactly Are Virtues? AS HUMAN BEINGS in the world of time and space, we have to interact constantly with three basic realities: 1) things that cause or promise to cause pleasure; 2) things that cause or threaten to cause pain or harm; and 3) other persons. Our passions tend to react automatically to pleasures and pains…If we form the habit of making our decisions and taking action based... Read More

God’s Grace and the Evil of Enmity with God

ON THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE GREAT EVIL OF BEINGIN ENMITY WITH GOD “Man knoweth not the price thereof.” Job 28:13 “If,” says the Lord, “you separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (cf Jeremiah 15:19). They who know how to distinguish what is precious from what is vile, are like God, “who knows how to refuse the... Read More

Who You Are: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Baptism

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Sacraments

WHO YOU ARE: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Who You Are: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Baptism is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org A deep crisis in our post-Christian culture is the loss of a sense of our identity, a kind of cultural and religious amnesia. To overcome that crisis, we need to rediscover the truth about who we... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 ~~ In the third episode of five of the show Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Dan Burke discusses his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism through Protestantism and finally being received into the Church on the Feast of Our... Read More

What is Eternal Death?

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Grace, Mortal, Sin

Father Fortea, what is eternal death? The human soul, as a spiritual reality, is immortal (see Catechism paragraph 366). Like any spirit, it is not subject to decay or illness; it cannot grow old or wear out. No matter what sins people commit, their souls cannot die in a metaphysical sense. They will exist forever.  Where they will exist forever – heaven or hell – is another matter. When... Read More

Renunciation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Renunciation Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Renunciation – To give up something to which a person has a claim. Some renunciations are necessary by divine law; others are permitted and encouraged according to divine counsel. Everyone must renounce sin and those creatures that are proximate occasions to sin. In this category belongs the renunciation of Satan at Baptism, either... Read More

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