The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Knowledge

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Knowledge   If I knew everything I wanted to know I would be a happy person – or would I? Scott P Richert helps explain for us the difference between Wisdom and Knowledge in his posts Like wisdom, knowledge perfects the theological virtue of faith. The aims of knowledge and wisdom…

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Understanding

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Understanding   We learn that whereas Wisdom is that gift that gives us the desire to know God more deeply, the Gift of Understanding is that gift which allows us to penetrate to the core of the truths of the Faith. One may say that there is very…

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom You know with Pentecost here I feel as if we’ve just celebrated a HUGE Birthday and we’re now opening up all those wonderful presents. When we talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I don’t know about you, but I start to sing a song. We…

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. Attending our Parish yesterday, if you walked in and had no idea that it was Pentecost Sunday, you certainly would have left knowing very well that it was. I have never been more moved on this Feast Day than I was yesterday.…

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The Sacraments – Holy Matrimony

The Sacraments – Holy Matrimony   Although nearly every person wants to get married to their prince or princess and have children, I believe that very few understand the deep significance about what they are entering into.   First and foremost, although many in the world today do not prescribe to this belief, Marriage is…

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The Sacraments – Holy Orders

The Sacraments – Holy Orders   In the same way only a few are called to receive the sacrament of matrimony, there are also those who are specifically called to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the…

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The Sacraments – Penance

The Sacraments – Penance   I believe the Sacrament of Penance is one of the most difficult and controversial of all the sacraments.     Whereas the Eucharist clearly delineates Catholics from Protestant Christians, I believe that many Catholics who are not routed in their faith do not fully understand the importance and absolute greatness…

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The Sacraments – The Eucharist

The Sacraments – The Eucharist   “The Body of Christ”   “Amen”   Whenever we receive Holy Communion, these words are spoken to us and we reply with the “Amen”.   Sometimes I feel that it is at that moment that the Great Amen is truly pronounced in the Mass.   I believe that what…

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The Sacraments – Confirmation

The Sacraments – Confirmation   Confirmation and Baptism have a special linkage. Leo J Trese makes the comparison to being born and growing up. Baptism is our BIRTH in Christ, Confirmation is our GROWTH in Christ. We are baptized in order to be confirmed.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that Confirmation is…

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God       Today we celebrate and honor Mary, the Mother of God. It is rare that we do truly consider the fact that Mary is in fact the Mother of God. For those of you who don’t know why you go to church on New Year’s Eve or…

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