Is Jesus more Present in Scripture or the Holy Eucharist?

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To open up his Gospel, St. John writes; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).” He goes on to say; “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father (1:14).” Jesus is the light of the world that shines in the darkness. How do we see and feel His presence in our life. Continue reading

The Fate of the “Good Thief” on the Cross

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When Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals that were also hanging on a cross, one on each side of him. One of the criminals is known as being the “good thief.” The criminal opposite the “good thief” mocked Jesus by telling him that if he really is the Christ of God, then he should save himself and come off the cross. To which, the “good thief” responded, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.”And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:40-43).” Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said that he will be with him in paradise this day? Was he saved, and if so, where did the “good thief” go? Did the he go to heaven as we know it, or was it another place? Continue reading

Why Non-Catholic’s Cannot Receive Holy Communion?

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If you are a non-Catholic Christian, have you ever wondered why you are not permitted to come and receive Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass? Maybe you have attended a Wedding Mass or a Funeral Mass and was told by the Priest that only Catholics are permitted to come up for communion. Continue reading

Invincible Ignorance of God’s Truth

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If someone was never informed about the truth of Jesus Christ, would that person be held accountable? Would that person still have the possibility of being saved by God? And, if someone can get into heaven without knowing who Jesus is, then why preach the gospel to them. Because if we tell them about Jesus, then they might reject the truth and therefore go to hell. If we would not have told them, they might have gone to heaven. So, what does the Catholic Church teach about “invincible ignorance?” Continue reading

Idolatry – What is Your Idol?

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Today we live in a place and time where it would be very easy to loose focus on Jesus Christ and turn to someone or something else to worship. We have to ask ourselves what or who comes first in our lives? Is it the creator of the universe? Continue reading

Baptism Now Saves You

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This weekend I was privileged to baptize my niece’s little baby girl after the vigil mass on Saturday. Since some of the family was not Catholic, it was a good opportunity to explain exactly what would be happening to her through this baptism. Continue reading