Liturgical Worship – Holy Water, Incense and Candles

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Have you ever wondered where did the Catholic tradition of Holy water come from? What about incense and candles; why are they used in the Liturgy of the Mass? Even for those of you who are cradle Catholics, you may not know the answer or really never thought about it that much. Continue reading

“Baptism of the Holy Spirit” – Charismatic Renewal

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Early in the 20th century, a movement began to spring up out of mainline Protestant churches. This movement came from Christians who started to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in a profound way. The gifts they received at Baptism were more awakened inside them and they started to worship God in a more outward manner. Because these Christians were misunderstood, they essentially were pushed out of their mainline churches and this started the Pentecostal movement of churches. So, when did this same sort of movement come to the Catholic Church? Continue reading

Mary is the “Ark of the New Covenant”

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Have you ever seen the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark?” Harrison Ford plays a character named “Indiana Jones.” He sets out to find the lost “Ark of the Covenant.” This Ark is refereed to in the Old Testament of the Bible. God told Mosses to build an Ark (Ex 25:10), which was a box made and covered with gold. This box was to hold three things: the written word of God on the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments; the budded rod of Aaron, signifying his role as high priest; and a pot of manna, the mysterious “bread from heaven” which God gave to the Jews in the wilderness.

Now, why is it that Mary is given the title “Ark of the Covenant?” 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

Eucharist – Transubstantiation vs. Consubstantiation

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As a Catholic, we believe that the Blessed Eucharist is the Sacrament. All other sacraments are enriched by it. It is the supernatural food given to us from heaven. Continue reading

Questions for a “Bible Only” Christian (partII)

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This blog post is a continuation of asking myself how a “Bible only” Christian would answer certain questions about his faith if all he relied on was the Bible to find the answers. Again, as a Catholic, I rely on the living teaching authority of the Catholic Church. The Church that was entrusted with the oral teachings (tradition) of Jesus and the apostles, along with the authority to interpret Scripture correctly. The “Bible Only” Christian would turn strictly to the Bible for his authority. So, with that said, I will now continue looking at the Bible and try to shed light on the authority of the interpretation of Scripture. Continue reading

Questions for a “Bible Only” Christian

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Having spent time in a Southern Baptist Church for 7 years before returning to the Catholic Church, I thought it would be interesting to ask myself how, as a “Bible only” Christian, would I answer certain questions about my faith if all I relied on was the Bible to find the answers. As a Catholic, I rely not only on Scripture, but also Sacred Tradition. I rely on the living teaching authority of the Catholic Church. The Church that was entrusted with the oral teachings of Jesus and the apostles, along with the authority to interpret Scripture correctly. So, let’s get started. Continue reading