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Encounters with Angels

A visit to the local bookstore will reveal a whole shelf of books on angel encounters, angel channeling, and angelology. There’s even a book called The Physics of Angels which tries to blend quirky physics theories with the theology of St Thomas Aquinas. A quick look at the books on offer make you realize that the New Age understanding of angels stretches [...]

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

Why you should practice devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

One can discover a wide and deep variety of devotions and spiritualities in the Catholic faith. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most visible and important. Very few people whom I know would be unfamiliar with at least the title Sacred Heart. Many parishes and Catholic institutions are named in honor of and dedicated to the Sacred Heart. [...]

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Why do Catholics Practice Fast and Abstinence?

Would you like to know the secret to a better, deeper, more joyful life in Christ? Of course you would.  We all would. Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The “secret” we all look for is really no secret at all.  At its heart, the gospel message is one [...]

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The Weight of Glory

We can believe we are mere mortals dreaming the dream of immortality, while in fact, we are immortals dreaming the terrible dream of mere mortality. ~ ~ ~ We all know what the weight of glory is, whether or not we have read Lewis’ golden sermon. We know it from the magic words of the poets; or we know it [...]

"The Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo"The Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

What Every Catholic Should Know About Purgatory

Keeping it simple! One of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least reflected on, is the teaching on purgatory. To understand and embrace this teaching does not require deep, exhausting theological study. A short and simple explanation of its meaning should wash away the distortions that cause so many people to doubt or neglect [...]

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What you need to know about Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

One can discover in the Catholic faith a wide and deep variety of devotions and spiritualities. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most visible and important. Very few people whom I know would be unfamiliar with at least the title Sacred Heart. Many parishes and Catholic institutions are named in honor of and dedicated to the Sacred Heart. [...]

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Heaven and Hell – What Every Catholic Must Know About “The Four Last Things” (third in a series)

Editor’s Note: Catholic teaching identifies the Four Last Things as death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. In the first two parts of this series on the Four Last Things, we examined what every Catholic needs to know about death and judgment. In this installment, we will look to where our death and judgment leads… Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell Popular, secular opinion seems to [...]

The Last Judgment (detail) by MichelangeloThe Last Judgment (detail) by Michelangelo

Judgment – What Every Catholic Must Know About “The Four Last Things” (second in a series)

Editor’s Note: Second in a series on the Four Last Things. Catholic teaching identifies the Four Last Things as: Death Judgment Heaven Hell In the first installment of this series on the Four Last Things, we examined what every Catholic needs to know about death. In this second installment, we will look at the Particular and Universal Judgments, the second of the [...]

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Five Sundays that will Change Your Eucharistic Faith

Editor’s Note: Today’s Into the Deep article looks at the Eucharistic teaching contained in chapter 6 of John’s Gospel. Deacon Mike Bickerstaff’ will resume his series on the Four Last Things next Sunday. Five Sundays ago, I mentioned here that the liturgical calendar of the Church was taking a short break from the Gospel of Mark, which we had been [...]

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Death – What Every Catholic Must Know About “The Four Last Things” (first in a series)

Editor’s Note: First in a series on the Four Last Things. One of the recurring themes you will read on this site is that we are not made for Earth, but for Heaven. We are pilgrims on Earth, journeying to our true home in Heaven. Each of us has a beginning (conceived by our parents) and each of us will have an [...]