Faith

The Profit to Be Gained from Praying for Holy Souls

We all know what we should do. Like the Maccabee warriors surveying the battlefield, we know we should pray for the dead. The month of November is a time set aside by the Church for a more intense living of this practice ...
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Ideology is the Enemy of True Faith

What are the signs that mark the difference between believing in God and asserting that if only everyone on earth would accept, let us say, the gender ideology of the secular west, we would bring about a golden age of justice and plenty? ...
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Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

The other religions may change their principles, and they do change them, because their principles are man-made. The Church cannot change, because her principles are God-made. Religion is not a sum of beliefs that we would like, but the sum of beliefs God has given ...
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The Catholic Origins of Halloween

The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety ...
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New Vatican Instruction: Cremation Allowed But Strict Conditions Apply

Document issued in response to an increase in the number of cremations and ideas "contrary to the faith" that have become widespread ...
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For Catholic Schools to Survive, Their Catholicity Must Thrive

As evidenced by the success of many faithful Catholic schools today, I believe that the only path forward for schools that wish to both survive long-term and remain Catholic is to more robustly embrace the Church’s vision for Catholic schools ...
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Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well ...
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Catholics Are Leaving the Faith by Age 10 — So What Can Parents Do About It?

Researcher Mark Gray at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate stated the ‘whole concept of faith’ is losing credibility in the young, who do not see God or religion measuring up to science ...
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4 Biblical Principles That Show the Reality of Purgatory

The Catholic belief in Purgatory is indeed scriptural, and here's the proof ...
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Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

Our message of love and human flourishing must be faithful, pastoral, and clear. Our Catholic schools should be open to all who wish to join our mission of complete human formation of our students for their own salvation and good, and for the good of others. http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/other-topics/serving-lgbt-students-in-catholic-schools.html ...
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Sophists and Sophism

Reading the story of June 22 in the Mpls. Star Tribune about CPO, “Self-Appointed Watchdogs over parish behavior have some Catholics wary”, by Kim Palmer, reminded me of the college course I had in Logic (first taught by Aristotle who died in 322 BC) when we ...
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A Lenten Poem

The following poem was submitted by Holly McGarvey. It was written by her 14 year old niece, and is told by the earth below the cross during the crucifixion. Given Blood Quietly I sat atop my hill When suddenly, the roads began to fill. The ...
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His Presence in Each Step by Janette Howe – A story of re-conversion to the Catholic Church.

a story of re-conversion to the Catholic Church by Janette Howe I would suppose that the snapshots of my life could fit comfortably in a no-frills, medium-sized scrapbook. Yet as I have taken hold of God’s grace to examine them, a deeper reality presents. In ...
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What Is An Intrinsic Evil?

And What Is Its Significance For The Catholic Voter? A lot of people talk about what is and what isn’t an intrinsic evil. Do we really know how the Catholic Church views the idea of an intrinsic evil? I used to think of an intrinsic evil ...
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Polka For the Masses

By George E. Jay M.D. In this review we will evaluate polka music per se, as well as how it pertains to the increasingly common “Polka Mass.” A succinct review of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Sacred Scripture as it concerns the Mass ...
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The Splendor and Grandeur of The Sacrament of Confession

Fr. Marvin Deutsch, M.M. Today I would like to speak about the splendor and grandeur of the sacrament of confession. If I were to ask you this question, I am sure you would all know the answer. Why did Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the ...
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Order and Design Require a Supreme Intelligence

By Fr. Marvin Deutsch, M.M. Did you ever stop to think that there could be no order without intelligence? All order presupposes intelligence; for example, could an expert teach a chimpanzee, (probably the smartest of the ape family) how to drive a car? And if the ...
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Redemptive Suffering

By Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P. It was not in the plan of God that suffering and death be a part of human existence. That they became the lot of the human race was not God’s doing, but man’s. God made man in His own likeness ...
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Church References Concerning Homosexuality

1. CATECHISM #2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely ...
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Particular Examen on the Theological Virtues by FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J.

Before applying the particular examen to my own spiritual life, it is well to first ask myself, "What are the virtues that I know from experience I most need to develop?" The reason why this question should first be answered is that no two of us ...
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Six Guidelines for Living a Fulfilling Life

Commencement Address 2010 by Fred Blonigen Father Ubel, Mr. Morehead, Mr. Adkins, Mr. Kimec, fellow teachers and staff, parents, families and friends, and class of 2010: I am exceedingly humbled, honored and grateful to have been asked to deliver this evening’s commencement address. This ...
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Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools by ARCHBISHOP J. MICHAEL MILLER, CSB

Papal interventions and Roman documents repeatedly emphasize that certain characteristics must be present for a school to be considered authentically Catholic. Like the marks of the Church proclaimed in the Creed – one, holy, catholic, and apostolic – so, too, does the Holy See identify the ...
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Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers

Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers Says "Are we going to change Divine Law, how God made us?" VATICAN CITY, February 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, the top Vatican Cardinal in charge of the sacraments of the ...
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Transubstantiation

By Fr. William Saunders My son who made his First Holy Communion this Spring had a very upsetting experience. His friend, who attends a different parish and who also was making his First Holy Communion, said to my son, "Oh, it’s just bread and wine." ...
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Public Sin and the Reception of Holy Communion

May 2, 2004 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading I (Acts 13:14, 43-52) ~ Reading II (Revelation 7:9, 14b-17) ~ Gospel (St. John 10:27-30) In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord tells us that His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him. Now when we stop ...
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Protecting the Holiness of the Eucharist

Some people have asked why some lay organizations are seeking information on Liturgical abuse, and some even witnessing by their presence in prayer where abuse is going on especially where Holy Communion is being received by those publicly and blatantly opposing Church teaching. But after all, ...
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“Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist”

By Barbara Kralis © 2004 Catholic Online Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist Several U.S. bishops have recently voiced their opposition and ersatz reasoning why no one should be denied the Eucharist according to Code of Canon Law n. 915. Those in the pews ...
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SPECIAL: A Primer on Canon 915

By Barbara Kralis 2/5/2004 - updated 7/22/2004 Unquestionably, canon 915 is the most discussed canon in the Codex Iuris Canonici, or Code of Canon Law, in recent Church history. Many in the media have reported on the January 8, 2004 canonical actions of Archbishop Raymond Burke, ...
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Fr. Altier’s Sunday Sermons

Date Sunday Year 3/26/2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent A 3/19/2017 Third Sunday of Lent A 3/12/2017 Second Sunday of Lent A 03/5/2017 First Sunday of Lent A 02/26/2017 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time A 02/12/2017 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time A 02/05/2017 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time A 01/29/2017 Fourth Sunday ...
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Spiritual Warfare

Fr. Robert Altier's collection of lectures for the 2015 Lenten Retreat were titled "Spiritual Warfare: Our Daily Struggle Against Satan." If you were unable to attend, or would like to hear the lectures again, you are in luck! You can click here to go to CPO's ...
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Divine Mercy Chaplet with Pro-Life Meditations by Fr. Robert Altier

Sung by Vicki Kieppers and Darren Rust CPO has produced a brand new, original DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET in song, composed by Vicki Kueppers and featuring Pro-Life meditations by Fr. Robert Altier. Click the play arrow on the audio player below to hear a sample clip: Tracks ...
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Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the ...
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St. Michael the Archangel

A Short History of the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel The Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel goes back to the late 19th Century. In 1884, Pope Leo XIII was finishing Mass and was walking away from the Tabernacle when he collapsed. Those that were ...
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Examination of Conscience

PLEASE NOTE: This Examination of Conscience by Fr. Robert Altier has a copyright. If you would like a copy of the booklet (cost is $1.25 & includes additional prayers) please contact: Leaflet Missal Co. - Publishers and Sellers of Religious Goods Since 1929.  Leaflet Missal Company ...
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Examination of Conscience for Children

by Fr. Edward Filardi, Gaithersburg, Maryland I. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me. Do I give time every day to God in prayer? Do I put my trust in superstitions, good luck charms, rather than God alone? Have ...
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Examination of Conscience for Elementary School Children

Holy Family Catholic Church "He that has My Commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves Me." John 14:21 With some help from the writings of those who knew the hearts and minds of children: Father J. R. Taylor, Father Aloyisus J. Heeg, S. G ...
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