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January 16 ~ Is Purgatory Real?

January 16 ~ Is Purgatory Real?

The Catholic Church’s stance on Purgatory is that it is a time or place of purification before going to heaven. The work of redeeming the soul has already been done by Jesus on the cross. But the reparation for sins committed and forgiven is the purpose of Purgatory.

Apologetics

Apologetics

Anti-Catholic Whoppers There isn’t enough computer memory to detail the volume of anti-Catholic whoppers floating around in non-Catholic circles.   So I cannot – although I would like to – refute all of them.  For this article, I will just stand against one:  that the Catholic Church is the Harlot of Babylon.  There is much conjecture […]

Protestant Versus Catholic Bibles

Protestant Versus Catholic Bibles

Most Christians who know a little about the differences between the Catholics and the Protestants have heard that the Catholics have seven more books in their Bible than the Protestants do. Many have heard their church’s reasoning and explanation on why this is so. While no one on either side of this longstanding debate is […]

Roman Catholic Sacraments

Roman Catholic Sacraments

    A sacrament is a special sign that is given by Christ to the Church whereby divine grace is conferred. It is an outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Christ. The Catholic Church has seven sacraments: Baptism Confession (Penance/Reconciliation) Holy Communion (Eucharist) Confirmation Marriage Holy Orders Anointing the Sick (Extremunction) Baptism Baptism […]

January 08 ~ Catholic Relics

January 08 ~ Catholic Relics

  One thing that I like about the Catholic religion is that it is full of points of contact, such as statues, candles and relics. Catholics do not worship these items, but they help to bring them into a closer presence with God. The technical name for them is “sacramentals.” While we know what statues and […]

Confession to a Priest

Confession to a Priest

Because the early church had to deal with the persecution of the Romans and hostile Jews of that day, they literally did not know when their souls would be required of them. For this reason, confession was implemented very early on. In John 20:21 – 23, our Lord gave the apostles authority to forgive sins: […]

Saint Samantha

Saint Samantha

Saint Samantha is a Celtic saint born in 739 A.D.  She had an important influence on the Celtic Christian Community.  Her more formal name is St. Samthann of Clonbroney. Samantha was the foster child of a man named Cridan who was an Irish king.  He had arranged a marriage to an Irish nobleman, but Samantha […]

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

The Catholic Church has set aside one day to recognize all the saints throughout the history of Christianity. Though Catholics consider all Christians to be saints, Catholic Saints are Catholic Christians who exhibited heroic virtue during their lives. After one of these people passes away and is recommended for Sainthood, a lengthy investigation is done […]

Visionaries at Medjugorje

Visionaries at Medjugorje

In June, 1981, in the Medjugorje section of a village in Western Herzegovina, two young girls, Ivankka Ivankovic (age 15) and Mirjana Dragicevic (age 16), were on their way home from an afternoon walk, when the Virgin Mary appeared to them.  Our Lady was dressed in white, was radiant and beautiful.  She was at the […]