Purgatory and Indulgences
Nov01

Purgatory and Indulgences

November is the time when the Catholic Church focuses on specific prayers and actions for all souls who are waiting for purification in Purgatory.
At Mass the Church will set aside time for special prayers for the dead and other acts. You too can help relieve the suffering of those in Purgatory. This assistance is known as an indulgence and there are specific acts and prayers that can lift the departed souls out of Purgatory and into Heaven.

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Catholic Traditions for All Saints Day
Nov01

Catholic Traditions for All Saints Day

Every year on November 1, we celebrate All Saints Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints. As the name implies, this occasion honors all those who have entered heaven and these include the saints who are recognized by the Catholic Church and those who are not.

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What is the Purpose of the Rosary in Catholic Life?
Oct01

What is the Purpose of the Rosary in Catholic Life?

October is the month devoted to the Holy Rosary. This is the perfect time for us to reflect upon the meaning of the Rosary and its significance in our walk of faith.

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What Does the Catholic Church Say About Gun Control?
Jul23

What Does the Catholic Church Say About Gun Control?

Abortion. Euthanasia. Sacramental marriage. Artificial birth control. There is no question where Holy Mother Church stands on these issues. She frequently sounds the clarion call to remind us of our moral obligations in murky, godless societies. But what about gun control? Is there an undeniably clear Catholic position? Does your gun control position affect your salvation?

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How Catholics Celebrate The Feast Of The Most Precious Blood Of Jesus
Jul01

How Catholics Celebrate The Feast Of The Most Precious Blood Of Jesus

The most precious blood of Jesus is a symbol of the ultimate sacrifice. We celebrate the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in July.

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Early Teachings on Infant Baptism
Jun19

Early Teachings on Infant Baptism

The practice of infant baptism in the Catholic Faith has garnered some criticism especially from fundamentalists who believe that baptism should be reserved for adults and older children.
Ever since the New Testament era, the Catholic Church has viewed baptism differently. Here are some of the early teachings on the sacrament of infant baptism.

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History of the Catholic Charismatic Movement
May29

History of the Catholic Charismatic Movement

The Catholic Church encourages us to build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and live out the gifts of the Holy Spirit through a spiritual movement known as the Charismatic Movement. When the Holy Spirit came to the disciples during Pentecost, he presented gifts that they could use for sharing the good news of salvation and building the Kingdom of God.

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Why is Mary Important to Catholics?
May23

Why is Mary Important to Catholics?

The Catholic understanding of the importance of Mary is so deep, rich, beautiful, and Biblically-based. Catholics are blessed to have a fullness of understanding of her role in salvation as well as a personal relationship with her.

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What is Pentecost Sunday?
May19

What is Pentecost Sunday?

If you’ve finished off all the Easter candy (even the ones you hid from your children!), it’s time for another sweet treat: a birthday cake. On May 20 of this year, we celebrate the birthday of the Catholic Church. This holy day is so vital to the mission and existence of the Church that is falls directly behind Easter and Christmas in importance. Why?

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What is Holy Thursday? The Meaning of Being a Good Christian
Mar29

What is Holy Thursday? The Meaning of Being a Good Christian

When people talk about Holy Week, the days that come to most people’s minds is Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. However, Catholics should be aware that it comprises of more days than that. This day, Maundy Thursday, is an excellent example.

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What Are the Holy Days of Obligation?
Jan14

What Are the Holy Days of Obligation?

In the Catholic Faith, holy days of obligation are days that require us to attend Mass. Sunday is described as the “primordial holy day of obligation,” according to the Code of Canon Law, hence we are expected to go to church on this day but there are other special days as well.

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How to Follow the First Two Great Commandments
Jan10

How to Follow the First Two Great Commandments

We are part of God’s spiritual family but this does not make us perfect or immune to our sinful nature. Our rights and responsibilities as Catholics guide us in how we express and exercise our faith in the world.

Let us look at what the first two great commandments are and what they mean:

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The Meaning of Four Way Medals: Catholic Symbols
Dec15

The Meaning of Four Way Medals: Catholic Symbols

There are many Catholic symbols that we can use in our everyday lives to remind us of our faith. Some choose to wear religious items for this purpose and one of the most popular example is the four and five way medal. These devotional medals are beautiful proclamations of our devotion to God.

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What is the Correct Meaning of Mary’s Immaculate Conception
Dec08

What is the Correct Meaning of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated every December 8. It is considered a holy day of obligation or patronal feast and some countries even declare it a public holiday. As this date draws near, let us look back to the meaning of this doctrine to better appreciate its significance in our Catholic Faith.

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The Difference Between Mercy and Compassion
Dec02

The Difference Between Mercy and Compassion

One of God’s greatest teachings is to love our neighbors just as we love ourselves. It is impossible to be capable of love without feeling mercy and compassion.

Both mercy and compassion refer to the concern we feel for people in need. But although they seem synonymous in the surface, and their usage is sometimes interchanged, they have significant differences.

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The Role of the Catholic Church in Society
Nov23

The Role of the Catholic Church in Society

The role of the Catholic Church in society has existed for many centuries. The Catholic Church is more than an institution. Its influence and authority extends beyond borders, embracing everyone from all walks of life.
It is a home founded in love and faith ­­– the everlasting love God promised his people and the unwavering faith they honour Him with for the rest of their days. When the times get tough, His people turn to him for guidance and there is no better place to find that than in the arms of the church.

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Share the GOOD NEWS! Catholic Evangelization in the Modern World
Nov12

Share the GOOD NEWS! Catholic Evangelization in the Modern World

Catholic evangelization is one of the main responsibilities of the church and it is as relevant today as it was in the formative years of the early Christian church. The Catholic Church is not just an evangelizer, she is a community made up of believers. As members of the Catholic Church, we all share the responsibility to spread the good news to others.

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The Catholic View on Marriage and the Sacrament of Matrimony
Nov07

The Catholic View on Marriage and the Sacrament of Matrimony

The Catholic Church teaches us to hold marriage as sacred. It is a gift from the hand of God, who created male and female in his image so that they may become one body. The vision of marriage for the Catholic Church is deeply rooted in the Scripture. In marriage, the love between a man and a woman is blessed by God, a union in faith and a response to God’s call to holiness. The couple becomes the symbol of God’s love on earth.

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Do Catholic Parents Have to Name Their Babies After Saints?
Oct30

Do Catholic Parents Have to Name Their Babies After Saints?

As Catholics, do we have any special considerations to keep in mind when naming our child? Are we required to name our child after a saint or can we name them with anything we want? What are the reasons why parents choose the name of saints as Catholic baby names?

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Demonic Oppression and How to Deal with It
Oct24

Demonic Oppression and How to Deal with It

Are you struggling in your spiritual life? Do you find yourself feeling indifferent toward your religious convictions? If so, you might be experiencing demonic oppression.

Demonic oppression may sound like the stuff that horror movies are made of but it is a very real concern for us Catholics.

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Role of the Papal Conclave; Electing a New Pope
Oct20

Role of the Papal Conclave; Electing a New Pope

A papal conclave is important to us members of the Catholic Faith on so many levels. To better understand the historical, cultural and personal significance of a papal conclave we need to know what this process is about.

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Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?
Oct12

Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

The topic of Catholics and Halloween is a controversial one. Many people around the world celebrate Halloween with costume parties, scary decorations and trick-or-treating from one house to the next. Should Catholics participate in these traditions? Should we celebrate Halloween?

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Is IVF Immoral in the Eyes of the Catholic Church?
Oct09

Is IVF Immoral in the Eyes of the Catholic Church?

IVF is one of the many methods used to overcome infertility but this procedure has stirred up many moral and religious debates. What is IVF and what is the the views of the Catholic Church on it?

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How Are Catholics to View Asylum Seekers and Migrants
Oct01

How Are Catholics to View Asylum Seekers and Migrants

There are about 65.6 million refugees, asylum seekers and migrants around the world according to the UN Refugee Agency. Beyond this unprecedented figure are stories of people who have been forced away from the security of their own homes and have to find their way in strange, unfamiliar countries.

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The Key Differences Between Salvation and Redemption
Sep28

The Key Differences Between Salvation and Redemption

Salvation and redemption are at the core of our Catholic Faith. You have probably read about salvation in the bible or heard the word redemption during mass. Are these two concepts interchangeable? What are their key differences?

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The Real Meaning Of Pilgrimage For Catholics
Sep24

The Real Meaning Of Pilgrimage For Catholics

A pilgrimage is a journey that pilgrims make to a place that is considered holy. To us Catholics, a pilgrimage is more than just traveling to historic sites and viewing religious relics. It is a journey with a deeper and more spiritual meaning.

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What are the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Sep18

What are the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

As Christians, we are expected to manifest the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives. These twelve fruits are different from the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. They are granted to us during our baptism and perfected through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The seven gifts serve as virtues for us to follow while the twelve fruits are the actions that those virtues produce. We are expected to manifest these fruits in our lives as Christians.

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What is the Catholic Position on Assisted Suicide?
Sep05

What is the Catholic Position on Assisted Suicide?

Did you know Physician-assisted suicide is legal in five US states? Although it may seem like a viable option if we think about the painful effects of the patient’s degenerative disease, it is not reason enough to consider ending a life.

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Fighting Temptations : A Practical Guide for Catholics
Aug31

Fighting Temptations : A Practical Guide for Catholics

Some temptations are easier to overcome than others and we often hear people use the phrase, “I am only human and humans are bound to sin” in order to justify falling into temptation. But is this argument valid?

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Why Do We Sit, Stand and Kneel at Catholic Mass?
Aug24

Why Do We Sit, Stand and Kneel at Catholic Mass?

The Catholic Faith liturgy follows its own unique set of religious rituals and traditions which are part of the Catholic Mass Order. As a member of the Catholic Faith, you probably observed some of these practices which include sitting, standing and kneeling during mass. So why do we do these things and what do they signify?

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The Importance of Charity Work for Catholics
Aug16

The Importance of Charity Work for Catholics

As Catholics we have been taught about charity work through the gospels and various practices like outreaches. Thomas Aquinas esteems charity as “the most excellent of the virtues.” What does charity mean in the context of the Catholic Faith and why is charity work important to us as Catholics?

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Role of Religion: How Religion Affects Family Relationships
Aug09

Role of Religion: How Religion Affects Family Relationships

​Some people put religion at the center of their family relationships and traditions while others do not put as much importance on it. Let’s look into the differences between religious and nonreligious families to better understand how religion affects their relationships.

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Is it ok for Catholics to be cremated and have their ashes scattered?
Aug04

Is it ok for Catholics to be cremated and have their ashes scattered?

Catholic cremation is a divisive topic within the Catholic Faith community because not many people understand the Church’s teachings on it. When a loved one passes away, it is up to surviving family members to make arrangements regarding what to do with the remains and cremation may come up as a possible option.
Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of Catholic cremation and what the Church says about it.

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Embrace the Crucifix instead of a plain cross? What’s a Catholic to do?
Jul26

Embrace the Crucifix instead of a plain cross? What’s a Catholic to do?

Both the cross and the crucifix are important symbols in the Catholic Faith. To non-Catholics these two may look similar but certain meaningful differences exist between them and these differences can mean a lot to Catholic devotees. As a result, some Catholics may struggle in deciding whether to embrace a crucifix or just stick to a plain cross for use in their daily spiritual devotion.

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Are Catholics Called to Protect the Environment? Catholic Social Teaching: The Catholic Perspective On The Environment
Jul19

Are Catholics Called to Protect the Environment? Catholic Social Teaching: The Catholic Perspective On The Environment

We as stewards of God’s creation must look into the Catholic social teaching on the environment so that we can understand the role we play in addressing its issues. Now more than ever we are confronted by many pressing environmental problems. We hear about global temperatures rising, with the year 2016 said to be the warmest year on record, ice sheets melting and many species of animals going extinct.

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How To Use Holy Water: 10 Ways To Use Holy Water To Sanctify Your Life
Jul12

How To Use Holy Water: 10 Ways To Use Holy Water To Sanctify Your Life

Growing up in the Catholic Faith you probably wondered about the water basins put up at the entrance of the church and why the water contained inside it is considered holy. Holy Water is an important part of the Catholic Religion and there are many uses for it. To better appreciate its significance in various Catholic traditions and practices, let’s first understand its history and the meaning of Holy Water.

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