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The Saints Ever Gave Thanks to God

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Saints


Thanksgiving has been in all ages the characteristic of the saints. Thanksgiving has been their favorite prayer; and when their love has been grieved because men were unthankful, they have called on the animals, and even on inanimate creatures, to bless God for His goodness. St. Lawrence Justinian has a beautiful passage on thanksgiving in chapter 28 of his Treatise on Obedience: Whosoever should try to lay open all God’s blessings... Read More

The Saints on Purgatory

in purgatory

[Judas Maccabeus] took up a collection . . . to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. – 2 Maccabees 12:43-44 When loved ones die, many people experience, in addition to grief and loneliness, a concern over the... Read More

Which Saints Suffered from Temptations and Evil Thoughts?

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Saints, Temptations

Dear Father John, lately I have been experiencing an issue in relation to certain lines in certain prayers. I know that I heard a song blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. It was not something I expected when I heard the song. This was a while ago but now I have thoughts about God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Mary. This happens even in church or while praying the Rosary. I ask God to not let these thoughts enter my mind,... Read More

A Convert Struggling Praying to Mary (II/IV)

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Saints

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? God in his wisdom has given us a mother in the order of grace, Mary. He didn’t have to do it that way, but he chose... Read More

The Problem with “Praying to Saints”

August 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Saints

The Problem with “Praying to Saints” At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith in their words, I was unable to get anywhere near the truth. As... Read More