Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Feast of the Holy Family

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year will bring you many blessings. It’s been awhile since my last post, and since we just celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought I would share the message I gave at last Sunday’s Mass: Continue reading

Religion – Why do we need it?

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Have you ever been confronted with someone who thinks that we should not be seeking God through any particular religion, but that all we have to be is spiritual in our own way. They feel that every religion seeks the same God of the universe, so why be a part of a particular religion? Why label oneself a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, etc.? They would ask, why do people want to put a label on God? Why does the world worship God in a separatist way? Can’t we feel closer to God without being a part of a religion? Continue reading

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

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

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

Early Christian Worship – What did it look like?

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Have you ever wondered what early Christian worship looked like? Many Christians today want to find a Christian denomination that tries to live out their faith like the early Christians did. They try and recreate the Church found in the “Book of Acts.” But what would someone find if they really wanted to taylor their Sunday worship to that of the early Christians? I dare say it would have very little resemblance to many Protestant services found today. Continue reading