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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 8: Women Have a Role in the Church

May 27, 2015 | no responses

One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is that she is a loving mother, always nurturing her children.  I am quite active in the Church, working on my Master’s in Ministry for the Laity.  What will this allow me to do?  Many things: pastoral associate/minister, college/high school chaplain, hospital/prison chaplain (with additional […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 7: The Bible is Catholic

May 19, 2015 | 3 responses

by Cynthia Trainque Try explaining to our Fundamentalist brethren about almost any tenet of the Catholic faith and you’re likely to hear in response, “Chapter and verse, please”.  In other words, of course, they want to know exactly where that teaching is found in the Bible because they adhere to what is spelled out and therefore only […]

To Bring about the Obedience of Faith, Romans 16:1-27

May 14, 2015 | no responses

How does Saint Paul, as apostle and missionary bishop, warn the Christians in Rome (where he has never visited) to only follow teachers who proclaim “the doctrine which you have been taught” and to avoid those “in opposition to” this apostolic tradition? This needs tender care because, though he knows personally faithful leaders in Rome, […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 6: Our Life in the Sacraments

May 12, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque Last week we looked at five of the seven sacraments of the Church.  This week I shall explain about the two great sacraments of ministry:  Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. Holy Orders are the second level of the three ordained functions within the ministry of Jesus Christ. The first level is ordination to […]

Marty Doucette: Former Evangelical Orthodox Church

May 11, 2015 | one response

Marty was raised in a wonderful Roman Catholic home. Sadly, he was hurt as a young boy causing him to hate himself and eventually to hate God and the Catholic Church. As a young married man Marty and his wife were devoted to Thomas Jefferson and Deism. After suffering family and financial setbacks, he was […]

My Christian Journey from Jerusalem to Rome – Conversion Story of John W. Giles

May 11, 2015 | no responses

I am writing this brief summary of my life to share my experience and to serve as a testimony of my Christian journey from Jerusalem to Rome. At the outset, let me confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life and it is my lifetime goal when standing before the throne of Judgment, […]

Romans 15 & 16

May 6, 2015 | no responses

As St Paul closes his letter to the Christians at Rome, he first tells them of his desire to finally come an see them. However, he first has another task: to take the alms collected from several churches to help the struggling Christians in Jerusalem. In this we hear our call own call to comfort […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 5: The Great Gift of the Sacraments

May 5, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque Seven sacraments—seven great gifts of love from God to his Holy Church.  Anyone aged 50 and over can easily recall from their Baltimore Catechism: “A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace”. Within the Christian family of believers only Roman Catholics and the various Eastern Orthodox churches have seven […]

From Here to Eternity, Five Essentials of Conversion (Part Three: A Sacramental Worldview)

May 5, 2015 | no responses

By Dr. Kenneth J. Howell Part One: From Now to Then Part Two: From Private Judgment to Universal Consent Part Three: A Sacramental Worldview There’s no denying it. The sacraments are the heart and soul of the Catholic Faith, so much so that when people speak of returning to the Catholic Church after being away […]

Fr. Shane Tharp: Formerly Unchurched

May 4, 2015 | one response

Father Shane was raised by a single mother. His parents divorced when he was six months old. His mother had been brought up Catholic but it wasn’t a good experience for her. His father was almost every religion until the end of his life when he died in the grace of Christ in the Catholic Church. In consequence, […]

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