Category Archives: Theology

11 Basic Questions Over the Sacraments

Padre Pio in the Confessional  The following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural … Continue reading

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4 Questions that Help to Explain “What is a Sacrament?” (St. Thomas Aquinas)

This is the first in a short series of posts on the Sacraments. A non-scientific straw poll among some of my friends, both converts and cradle Catholics revealed a suprising (to me) ignorance of these very basic tenets of our … Continue reading

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Sacraments of the Dead: 12 Questions on Sacrilege and Grace

The following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and … Continue reading

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The Spirit and the Bride: Mary’s Role at Pentecost

By Dr Taylor Marshall from the Canterbury Tales blog While the Holy Apostles were generally ignorant of the Holy Ghost, the Immaculate Mary knew Him intimately. Mary had already experienced the descent of the Holy Ghost at her Immaculate Conception … Continue reading

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HOLY GHOST AND HOLY SPIRIT

ROME, MAY 8, 2012 (Zenit.org). A reader’s question answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university: Q: Before the Second Vatican Council, the Third Person of the Trinity was referred to in … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future

(Reuters) – Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.” No thanks! The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a … Continue reading

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A Friend of the World is an Enemy to God. A Consideration of St Cyprian’s Teaching against the Fear of Death

by: Msgr. Charles Pope As November has ended, and the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell), A classic meditation of St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on a fundamental … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Liturgy: The Theology Behind Receiving Body and Blood

The Theology Behind Receiving Body and Blood By Father Paul Gunter, OSB In the ordinary form of the Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds is an option whose usage has become a daily occurrence in many countries … Continue reading

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Fr. Faber on Purgatory

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Holy Week: A Guide to the Ceremonies

This little guide may be of use to those of you planning on attending the Holy Week ceremonies in the Extraordinary Form (or even the Ordinary Form). Click on the cover above to read in full (PDF).

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Cardinal Ravasi Notes Example of St. Thomas Becket

Reflects on Themes of Temptation and Conscience ROME, MARCH 21, 2011. (Zenit.Org) Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is highlighting the example of St. Thomas Becket as a man who knew how to fight temptation and be faithful to his conscience. The president … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput: Luke Warm Christianity Is Convenient Paganism

(CNA reports, H/T: Courageous Priest) Addressing a gathering of European church officials on March 4, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver warned that many contemporary Christians have reduced their faith to a convenient “form of paganism,” which cannot compete with … Continue reading

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Three Excerpts from Pope’s New Book “Jesus of Nazareth” II

(Source: Ignatius Press, the book can also be ordered online at Ignatius Press.com) The mystery of the betrayer The account of the washing of the feet presents us with two different human responses to this gift, exemplified by Judas and … Continue reading

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