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Baptism

Baptism introduces us into the fellowship of God’s people that is the Church by shaping our inner selves into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Just as the Spirit hovered over the waters at Creation and brought forth life, so now,the same Spirit hovers over the waters of baptism and brings forth the life of Christ in us, a new creation.

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Divine Self-Revelation

God takes the initiative in leading us to religious faith. It is our personal experience that God is always the initiator when it comes to salvation. We do not have to go chasing after God as if God were hidden and avoiding detection.

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Family Life

A healthy family life also includes education and formation in spiritual and religious values and principles. Mothers and fathers who themselves possess a healthy spirituality and practice positive religious expressions will pass these on to their children primarily by the example and witness of their lives.

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The Grace of God

The Hail Mary (Latin: Ave Maria) is a traditional Scripture-based Christian prayer of praise for and petition to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic version of the prayer closes with an appeal for her intercession. In Catholic Latin Church, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.

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The Rights of Conscience

Can anyone, Church or state, coerce me into doing something I believe to be wrong? Who is to decide what is right and what is wrong? In the 20th century, we saw the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, where German leaders from the Nazi era were convicted of war crimes even though they claimed they were just following orders….

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Moral Responsibility

Just a few weeks from now, we will have the responsibility of going to the polls and casting our votes in federal, state,and local elections. We will be rendering “to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

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Human dignity and the Catholic Church

The Feast of Christ the King provides an occasion for a reflection on the dignity of human persons. If the fullness of majesty and power has been conferred on Jesus of Nazareth because of his obedience to the heavenly Father, then surely those persons who share in the same humanity within which Christ lived are doubly blessed with dignity and sacredness.

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Second Coming of Christ

Most fundamentalist teach their belief in the rapture, where those who are to be saved are taken silently up to the heavens to be with Christ before the great tribulation. This teaching is based on a bad interpretation of St. Paul.

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Communion of Saints

The communion of saints proclaims one of the most ancient beliefs of the Christian people. From the Apostles’ Creed, we claim that we believe in the communion of saints. This does not mean that the saints are lined up to receive Communion from the Lord in heaven! Communion here means fellowship or sharing in the gifts given by God to those whom God has chosen.

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Expropriation of Church Property

Over the centuries, the Catholic Church has had large pieces of real estate taken from its possession and placed in private hands or turned over to other uses. The Church has always protested such expropriations and has sought through every means available to recover its losses. It is difficult simply to let go and to begin again when our property has been taken from us. When it comes to money and other assets, the Church has a hard time to forgive.

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Parish life can be unfair

“Life is not fair! Some have so much, without having had to do anything to deserve it. Others have so little, when they have been virtuous all their lives and have almost nothing to show for it!” We often hear this or similar comments on the inequalities of this world. Even in the Church, there are inequalities. Or, at least, some seem to have more privileges than others.

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Development of Doctrine

Church doctrine evolves and develops as the believing community encounters new ways of understanding itself and the world in which it lives. New languages are all part of new cultures which have different ways of understanding reality.

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Luke

Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul’s “Luke, the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). We know few other facts about […]

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Rosa de Lima

Los historiadores recuerdan Santa Rosa de Lima por su piedad y castidad. Nacido en 1586 en Lima, Perú a colonizadores españoles, y nombrado Isabel Flores de Olivia, ella era excepcionalmente […]

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Dymphna

Dymphna was born in Ireland sometime in the seventh century to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. When she was fourteen, she consecrated herself to Christ and took a […]

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Stephen

Saint Stephen was one of the first ordained deacons of the Church and the first Christian martyr. While working among the early Christians, the Apostles heard a complaint that their […]

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John Bosco

John Bosco, the “Father and Teacher of Youth,” also known as Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco or Don Bosco, was born in Becchi, Italy, on August 16, 1815. As a young boy, […]

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Agatha

St. Agatha, also known as Agatha of Sicily, is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of the Catholic Church. She is believed to be born around 231 in […]

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Abigail

St. Abigail, more commonly known as St. Gobnait or Deborah, was a medieval Irish saint born around the 6th century in County Clare, Ireland. According to tradition, Abigail ran away […]

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Mark

Much of what we know about St. Mark, the author of the Second Gospel, comes largely from the New Testament and early Christian traditions. Mark the Evangelist is believed to […]

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Athanasius

St. Athanasius, also known as Athanasius the Great and Athanasius the Confessor, was a bishop and doctor of the church. He is called the “Father of Orthodoxy,” the “Pillar of […]

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Philip Neri

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence on July 21, 1515. He was a Christian missionary and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory. At 18-years-old, Philip went to live […]

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Thomas More

St. Thomas More was born into a prominent London family on February 7, 1478. As a young boy, Thomas attended St. Anthony’s School. In 1492, he went off to Oxford […]

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Emma

Saint Emma, also known as Emma of Lesum, or Emma of Stiepel, lived in what is now known as Bremen. She was the first female inhabitant of the city to […]

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Veronica

Saint Veronica is known as the woman who offered a cloth to Jesus so He could wipe His face on the way to His crucifixion. The cloth is believed to […]

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Genesius

In Saint John Paul’s “Letter to Artists” he referred to artists as “Images of the Creator.” He wrote, “to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs […]

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Helena

St. Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great and an Empress of the Roman Empire. Despite her poor background, Helena married Constantius Chlorus. With him she birthed her […]

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Christina

Few details are known of St. Christina but she lived during the third century and was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate believed to have been named Urbain. […]

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Agnes

St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a Christian family. Agnes was very beautiful and belonged to a wealthy family. Her hand in marriage was […]

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Sebastian

Nothing is known about St. Sebastian’s youth other than the fact he may have come from southern France and he was educated in Milan. He joined the Roman Army in […]

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