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Catholic Orthodoxy: Loving The Truth
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Catholic Orthodoxy: Loving The Truth

In the modern world, there is no shortage of opinion. People even seem to break down into camps accordingly - you are either a Democrat or a Republican, Religious or Secular, and there is no middle ground. This tendency has crept into the Church since the close of the Second Vatican Council. It is even fashionable to speak of either being a conservative or liberal Catholic. In reality, though, when it comes to being a member of the Church and her teachings, you are orthodox or not - there is no middle ground. For the Catholic, orthodoxy is paramount. ANDREA DEL SARTO, Disputation on the Trinity, 1517, Oil on wood, 232 x 193 cm, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence As you make the journey through the RCIA, and even as you progress in your Catholic faith, you will meet cou...
Sisters of Life launch free series on new approach to pro-life ministry
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Sisters of Life launch free series on new approach to pro-life ministry

From Aletia by J-P Mauro The Sisters of Life are introducing a new approach to pro-life ministry that’s doing away with political labels and slogans in favor of authentic relationships, genuine dialogue, and intentional accompaniment. Called Into Life: Love Changes Everything, this formation series familiarizes participants with new ideas for building a culture of life and solidarity, grounded in the Catholic faith. The whole program is completely free and comes with a series of 12 videos, a workbook, and pastoral resources. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo-uajf7kGA INTO LIFE: Love Changes Everything Promo 1 Sisters of Life The Sisters of Life are a Catholic religious community that was founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor. With a commitment to the protection of h...
How To Live The Spiritual Life: Like A Sailboat Or A Motorboat
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How To Live The Spiritual Life: Like A Sailboat Or A Motorboat

From The Wanderer by Msgr. Charles Pope + + When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons and then did so again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing of the wind, wherein one observes it and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, its often subtle and changing signs. Sailboat off Ellos Scerige Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! Catching the wind, the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the water. Oh, too, for those daring and thrilling times when the spinnaker was put out. The boat would almost strain as the proud winds filled her arcing sail. There were also difficult days, too, days when the winds were contrary and there was the hard work of tacking, beating, and jibing. Sailing ...
Got anxiety? 3 Tips from Jesus in Gethsemane to Use Prayer For Anxiety.
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Got anxiety? 3 Tips from Jesus in Gethsemane to Use Prayer For Anxiety.

From Aletia by Sarah Johnson Blessed Fulton Sheen, the beloved priest and popular 1950s TV personality, once expounded on what Jesus faced in the Garden of Gethsemane; how we see Our Lord’s two distinct natures (human and Divine) expressed that dark night in profound ways: One can dimly guess the psychological horror of the progressive stages of fear, anxiety, and sorrow which prostrated [Jesus] before even a single blow had been struck. It has been said that soldiers fear death much more before the zero hour of attack than in the heat of battle…Blessed Fulton SheenTweet Now if you’ve ever struggled with the emotions listed above — fear, anxiety, and sorrow — you’re probably familiar with the hurtful comments often made by well-intentioned friends. “Have faith,” has alway...
The RCIA Inquiry Stage, Falling In Love With Jesus
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The RCIA Inquiry Stage, Falling In Love With Jesus

The prospect of joining the Catholic Church can seem intimidating to some and lead to the feeling of being overwhelmed or lost. You may ask: where do I even start? Do not worry, A Catholic's Perspective is here to help! This thoughtful guide is full of Christocentric advice on how to grow in faith during the initial RCIA Inquiry stage. Crucifix hanging above the altar at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland The RCIA inquiry stage is the starting place for adults thinking about entering the Catholic Church - you are not alone. The inquiry stage is like a state of heightened curiosity. Your interest is piqued, so you are searching for answers to questions concerning Jesus Christ and His Church. The best advice for someone in your shoes is to ask questions an...
The 4 Catholic RCIA Stages, A Strong Start To Your Journey In The Faith
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The 4 Catholic RCIA Stages, A Strong Start To Your Journey In The Faith

Everyone's spiritual life is different, yet our Lord calls all of us to be His disciple, each in a unique way. In the Church, some were born cradle Catholics, while others took a journey of discovery later in life. They responded to Jesus' invitation to walk more closely with Him through the Catholic RCIA stages and completed a process of discovering and developing the basics of the faith. If you think the Lord may be calling you to take these steps, you have come to the right place! Growing and maturing in your spiritual life can be challenging. The Catholic RCIA stages provide a great model for building a solid foundation upon which to build. That being said, you still may have many questions, such as: Where do I start?What are the stages of ...
Does Poor Leadership In Catholic Church Contribute To A Decline In Attendance
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Does Poor Leadership In Catholic Church Contribute To A Decline In Attendance

From The American Conservative by Carmel Richardson It shouldn’t come as a surprise to us that the Washington Post publishes opinions on the future of the Church in America written by non-Christians. When contributing columnist Brian Broome last week described leaving Christianity and predicting the continued decline of church attendance in America, serious Christians did not take him seriously. Still, it is true that church attendance is declining. Perhaps it is also true that the downward trend will continue. You may have read that this is so because young Americans are less religious than previous generations. That’s a bit like saying there are fewer Irish mothers because Irish wives are having fewer babies. In other words, it’s obvious. The question is: ...
Pope Francis consecrates Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Pope Francis consecrates Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

From Crux By Inés San Martín ROME — Pope Francis said only God can eliminate the evil of “the vicious war” against Ukraine during a ceremony where he consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “In these days, news reports and scenes of death continue to enter our homes, even as bombs are destroying the homes of many of our defenseless Ukrainian brothers and sisters,” the pope said Friday. “The vicious war that has overtaken so many people, and caused suffering to all, has made each of us fearful and anxious. We sense our helplessness and our inadequacy.” Yet, at a time when the world needs to be told “do not be afraid,” much like the Angel of God told Mary, he said, “human reassurance is not enough.” Pope Francis uses incense as he venerates a Marian ...
Cardinal Pell calls for Vatican reprimand over sexuality remarks
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Cardinal Pell calls for Vatican reprimand over sexuality remarks

From Crux By Nicole Winfield ROME — Cardinal George Pell has called for the Vatican’s doctrine office to intervene and reprimand two leading European Catholic churchmen who called for changes in Catholic teaching on sexuality and homosexuality. Pell, who was convicted and then acquitted of sex abuse charges in his native Australia, said he understood the secular pressures in Germany were forcing debate about homosexuality and other hot-button issues in the church. But in an interview with KTV, the German Catholic television agency, Pell said the church cannot follow “the changing dictats of contemporary secular culture” and must stay true to its faith. Australian Cardinal George Pell Pell was referring to recent comments about sexuality by Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich o...
Cdl. Müller endorses Cdl. Pell’s call for Vatican to reprimand ‘open heresy’ of German bishops
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Cdl. Müller endorses Cdl. Pell’s call for Vatican to reprimand ‘open heresy’ of German bishops

Mon Mar 21, 2022 - 1:29 pm EDT From LifeSiteNews by LifeSiteNews Cardinal Gerhard Müller has endorsed Cardinal George Pell’s recent call upon the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to “reprimand” the German bishops for their “rejection of the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexual ethics.” “Cardinal Pell,” the German cardinal wrote, “is fully justified in reminding the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of its responsibility to safeguard the truth of the faith and the unity of the Church of Christ in the authority of the Successor of Peter against the open heresy of German Synodalism.” Cardinal Gerhard Muller in November 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Cardinal Müller gave LifeSiteNews a statement (full text below) that he had previously shared with the ...