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    Understanding the Mass, Part I — Christ’s Sacrifice

    This first post of a 5 part series on understanding the mass focuses on what way the Eucharist is a sacrifice, how it is a re-presentation of the once and for all sacrifice of Christ on the Cross as well as an experience of the resurrection and the Pentecost experience of the Holy Spirit....

  • My Yoke is Easy, My Burden Light

     once knew a woman who called herself “a recovering Catholic.” It seems that as a child, she was taught a religion that was all about guilt. Impossible demands were placed on her requiring strenuous efforts that were doomed to frustration. Turn the other cheek. Don’t......

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    Corpus Christi -the Body of Christ – And the Old Testament

    The Mass . . . the Eucharist . . . the Lord's Supper . . . the Blessed Sacrament . . . holy communion . . . transubstantiation -- what Catholics have believed and taught about this awesome reality, by whatever name it is called, is what is celebrated on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ....

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    God – The Father

    The Fatherhood of God has come under fire with the rise of feminism. If we know that God is pure spirit who transcends male and female, masculine and feminine, why preserve what some believe to be the antiquated, patriarchal practice of referring to the divinity as "Father"? This article uses the occasion of the American observance of Father's Day to address this issue....

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    Jesus Christ is our Message – Paul VI

    Evangelization--Here Pope Paul VI clearly declares that his message is not about himself or the Church, but Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Like St. Paul, he is an evangelist, an apostle and witness of Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. ...

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    Wonderful Banquet! – Thomas Aquinas

    The Feast of Corpus Christi, the body and blood of Christ, was instituted during the lifetime of Thomas Aquinas as a proclamation of faith in the real presence (aka transubstantiation) of Christ's body and blood in the sacrament. This selection, read annually on that feast. shows Thomas's teaching on the nature and purpose of this sacrament...

  • holy thursday eucharist as body of christ transubstantiation transformation eat flesh drink blood John 6 jueves santo transustanciación cuerpo y sangre de cristo Transubstanciación Eucaristía corpus christi
    Holy Thursday & Corpus Christi – Eucharist, The Body of Christ

    Holy or Maunday Thursday, the night of the Last Supper aka the Lord's Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist -- What did he mean when he said "This is my body and this is my blood" and "Do this in Memory of Me"? And what does the Catholic mean by talking about transubstantiation and the body of Christ?...

  • Athanasius God as holy trinity three 3 persons one 1 nature sunday creative energizing reality unity father son spirit
    Trinity: Three Persons, One Creative, Energizing Reality

    Athanasius here describes the orthodox and Catholic teaching on God as Trinity, three persons in one divine nature, a wholly creative and energizing reality. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are an inseparable unity, always acting together....

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    Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life – Thomas Aquinas

    Here St. Thomas Aquinas comments on John 14:6 where Jesus says "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me."...

  • Discernment of Spirits – Baldwin of Canterbury

    Baldwin on Canterbury, noting that the Lord sees the thoughts and intention of our hearts, teaches us how to grow in the discernment of spirits which he calls the mother of all the virtues....

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