How can I know I’m going to Heaven?

In the Book of 1 John, we see that “eternal life” is promised to us by the one who created us. He says that it is written, that he who believes in the name of the Son of God may know you have eternal life (1 John 5:13). But the question we have to ask ourselves is, “What does it truly mean to believe in Jesus?” Continue reading

Can Mary and the Saints hear our prayers?

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For those persons who have gone on to heaven, can they hear our petitions and offer those prayers to Jesus? If so, what about Mary the mother of God; how would she be able to hear all those prayers of intersession coming from thousands of people at the same time? Wouldn’t she have to have some omnipresence about herself? Continue reading

Do Catholics Worship a Wafer?

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The National Catholic Reporter asked both a knowledge question, and a belief question in their 2011 survey about the Eucharist. They found that half of adult Catholics (50 percent) know the church’s teaching regarding the real presence and half do not. We also found that close to two-thirds of adult Catholics (63 percent) believe that “at the consecration during a Catholic Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Therefore, more adult Catholics believe the statement than understand its source. But how are these two items related? Continue reading

Can Lay Ministers give Blessings at Mass?

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A child walks with his or her parents as they go up to receive the Holy Eucharist at communion time during the Mass. This child has not reached the age to receive yet, so they cross their arms over their chest in order to receive a blessing instead. Does the Church allow “extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion” to give a blessing to this child as a priest or deacon? Continue reading

I’m Back! ” (I think)

We’ll, it’s been 3 months since I last posted anything on my blog. Sorry, but I have been too busy lately. Generally I like to pick a topic or particular teaching of the Church and give the best answer in the limited space of (500 – 800 words). Moving forward, I’ll try and post something every couple of weeks.

Hope everyone is having a great summer season!

Until next time, God bless!

The Suffering of Christ gives Meaning to our Lives

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God loved us so much, that he gave us his only begotten son. He didn’t just love us theoretically, but he came and expressed that love by suffering and dying for us on a cross and then rising again from the dead. And some of you might ask, “why did he do it that way and not some easier way?” And the answer to that is, “I don’t know,” other than to say that that is the way he wanted show the full expression of his love. Continue reading

Do Animals go to Heaven?

 

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Have you ever wondered if your pet dog or cat goes to heaven when they die? That can be a hard question to answer, especially if a young child is asking the question. How do we answer someone who has lost a pet animal that they love and consider to be part of the family? Do animals go to heaven? Are animals “saved?” Continue reading