Category Archives: Catechism

After Pentecost: Catechesis on the Holy Spirit

The Blessed Trinity—the Triune God—is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith and the end for which we were created. While in this life we should prepare our hearts for heaven by catechizing ourselves as best we can about each Person of the Blessed Trinity and the role they play in our sanctification and salvation. Here are a few great resources from the saints, our teachers and forbears, to meditate on the Person of the Holy Spirit during this octave of Pentecost. Continue reading

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Understanding the 7 Sacraments: The Big Picture

For some, understanding the Sacramental life of the Church and what each of the Sacraments do for us can be kind of confusing. Why are there seven? What do they do?  According the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Sacraments, … Continue reading

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Top 5 RCIA Gifts: What Every New Catholic Should Have

Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this feast day so special is all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will be received … Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions for the Year of Faith

In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public. Continue reading

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Advent Traditions: The Jesse Tree Kit

An excellent Christian educational resource to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with your children is the Jesse Tree tradition. A Jesse Tree recreates the genealogy of Jesus as presented in the Catholic Bible beginning with the first of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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What Do Catholics Really Believe About Purgatory?

Being as we are steadily approaching All Soul’s Day, I thought it might be appropriate to write a blog on purgatory. Purgatory might be one of the most misunderstood beliefs held by some Christians. Continue reading

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The Year of Faith: Making the Most of It

We are all probably intimately aware that the Christian Faith is in decline in the Western world. The Faith that once strongly under-girded our politics, our science, and our morality is now becoming a thing of the past. Faith separated from politics has an ugly past of intolerant secularism that eventually leads to totalitarianism. We can already presently see how Faith separated from morality results in human desire replacing the natural law. Faith separated from science has an ugly future of human eugenics.

With this disturbing picture, we can now understand why the Holy Father designated an entire year devoted to increasing our faith. The Apostolic letter which announced the Year of Faith is Porta Fidei meaning “Door of Faith”. Continue reading

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Catechism of the Catholic Church: A Tool For Answering Tough Questions

Why do Catholics pray to the Saints and Mary? Where do you find purgatory and praying for the dead in the Bible? Mary was only a virgin until the birth of Christ because Christ had blood brothers, right? Continue reading

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When the Catholic Catechism Comes in Handy

As adults, we often forget that learning our faith is a life-long process. Catholicism is a religion rich in tradition and complex doctrine. It is important that we continue to educate ourselves on the teachings of the Church by studying our Catechism. Continue reading

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