On a vacation After Easter! Why should you carry holy water into every hotel room?

Why? Three words: Evil is real. The presence of evil can remain in a room long after whatever might have taken place within it. You don’t know who was the previous occupant of your hotel room and what kind of baggage they brought with them. You don’t know what has occurred in your room. Holy water is a powerful…

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There’s only one way to celebrate Easter, and the early Christians knew it

Jesus was a living, redeeming, actual Presence among them. When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do…

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Encouragement for Confession.

I understand how much trepidation we can experience about going to Confession.  It never completely goes away; I still struggle with it occasionally, and I’m sure everybody does.  The reason is that the devil wants to prevent us all from going and receiving the tremendous grace, nourishment, and healing of the Sacrament.  He will throw…

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How to Pray: A Catholic Guide to the Interior Life.

It’s no secret: you can learn how to pray! Yes, YOU! Even if you’ve got a houseful of screaming kids, or too much schoolwork, or a job that consumes way too much of your time. In fact, that just means that you need prayer more! Because prayer gives true freedom, “the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom…

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Why do Catholics call the Virgin Mary a Queen?

It has to do in part with ancient Jewish kingdoms, which operated much differently than medieval ones. The Blessed Virgin Mary is repeatedly referred to in the Catholic Church as “Queen,” and often called the “Queen of Heaven and Earth.” Why is that? First of all, the Catechism states that “the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain…

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Why Do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest instead of Directly to God?

God knows I’m sorry, isn’t that enough? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest, rather than going directly to God?Well, the quick answer is because that’s the way God wants us to do it. In James 5:16, God, through Sacred Scripture, commands us to “confess our sins to one another.” Notice, Scripture does…

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Can I confess to God directly and not the priest?

God alone forgives, God alone give power to forgive Truth: Only God ultimately forgives sins. His is the prerogative and power. However, he has also the power to delegate this authority to man. This is what he has done through Christ. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has…

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The Way of the Cross Friday 22nd Mar’18, 6 PM.

The Way of the Cross The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem; the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The number of stations has varied widely through the…

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When will Jesus come again?

The Church is very clear about Jesus’ Second Coming and how we should prepare for it. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Second Coming of Jesus and profess it each Sunday during the Nicene Creed: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ … He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand…

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