Roots of the Cafeteria Catholic Phenomenon

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While “Cafeteria Catholic” is a somewhat new term, it is not an entirely new phenomenon; its roots are found in Renaissance humanism, Enlightenment philosophies and some of the subsequent errors of Modernism. Although some people today think that a self-guided moral autonomy is the intelligent way to live, it is not the path leading to human fulfillment but its opposite. Continue reading

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How You Can Help Retard the Exodus

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It’s no secret that large numbers of Catholics have drifted from the Church, which can happen slowly and progressively over time due to indifference, lack of piety and tepid devotion, or take the form of a more rapid departure. The heart of the lukewarm soon cools. If there is little love for what is true, there is little love for truth in its fullness. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from the Mother of God

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Completely confident that her Son will do what she suggests, knowing he would never deny his mother any good thing, Mary turns to the servers and says: “Do whatever he tells you.” Continue reading

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Sola Scriptura: the Religion of the Book?

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Sola scriptura is untenable and has produced a great deal of turmoil and division. It is responsible in a number of ways for ongoing rupture and disunity among Christians, and is not an element of historical continuity between the first Christians and those of contemporary society. If anything, history shows a conspicuous absence of sola scriptura from the belief of the early Church. Consequently, it cannot be said to be positively the will of God. Sola scriptura is a man-made doctrine that, for all practical purposes, was intentionally forged in the dissenting fires of the 16th century. Continue reading

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Spiritual But Not Religious?

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Everyone searches. Not everyone knows why; not everyone understands what to look for; not everyone recognizes who they seek. Some are on a spiritual quest for the divine and they know it; others do not. Some fail to discern who alone is capable of satiating their thirst and thus wrongly seek to quench it with creatures, poisons and pain. Still others are indifferent to the search itself; so long as they feel satisfied along the way, they remain blindly convinced of progress. Nevertheless, everyone searches.
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Jubilee Year of Mercy: Be Mindful of the Reality of Hell

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In order to avail ourselves of God’s forgiveness in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our gaze must first turn to the source of mercy: Jesus Christ whose suffering and death provide the means of salvation for fallen humanity Continue reading

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8 Easy Ways to Grow Closer to God this Christmas

One mistake Christians sometimes make is they pray an Our Father or a Hail Mary, but do not really open their heart and communicate with God. In the first place, prayer is primarily a communication between you and God. Don’t leave yourself and your heart out of it! Continue reading

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Christmas and The Theological Virtue of Faith

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Contemplating the true meaning of Christmas is only possible through God’s freely bestowed gift of faith. This gift, one to be nourished, guarded and cherished above even temporal life itself, gives to the soul new light, aspirations, and abilities, each ordered toward the attainment of the treasure of infinite value: the beatific vision and everlasting communion with God.
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How Long is the Christmas Season?

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People often think Christmas lasts one day. While hints of the season incorrectly begin in association with the gift buying rush, once December 25 comes to a close the tree comes down and attention is focused elsewhere, wherever that may be. Continue reading

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The Virgin Mary: Mother of Christmas

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It is Christmas eve. On this night we gaze with anticipation toward Christmas, that day when, about two thousand years ago, our Savior was born of a sweet, humble and sinless Jewish woman: the Virgin Mary, most holy Mother of God. Continue reading

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