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Pope Francis on the Madness of War: When Will Humanity Learn Its Lesson!

Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for peace in the world during his Angelus address, echoing his words yesterday at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia…

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The Mission of Mercy of St. John Paul

On a February night in 1931, a simple nun in Poland received a mystical vision of Jesus in a white robe with red-and-white rays radiating from his heart. Sister…

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23 Jun 2015 Articles No comments

We can all take inspiration from the saints who paved the way for Laudato Si’

hen I was 20, during the summer at the end of my second year at university, I tested a vocation to the religious life by living in a convent in Spain for a whil…

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02 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Planned Parenthood's CEO validates suspicions, advocacy group says

Under fire after a series of recent sting videos, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) CEO Cecile Richards wrote a letter to Congress last week add…

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31 Dec 2014 Q&A No comments

Has the Church said anything against the enneagram?

Full Question Has the Church said anything against the enneagram? Answer Yes. The recently released Vatican document Jesus Christ the Bearer of t…

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27 Jun 2016 Americas Asia-Pacific Europe News USA Vatican Comments (1)

‘Christians must ask God’s forgiveness for treatment of gay people,’ says Pope Francis

Catholics and other Christians not only must apologise to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against gay peopl…

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08 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium's continuity

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rome when Venerable Pius XII was Pope, emphasized in a recent interview that he has experien…

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15 Jan 2016 Middle East News Vatican Comments (1)

Cardinal Parolin urges all Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism

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30 Jun 2015 Articles Resources Comments (12)

Why does God allow so much pain and suffering in the world?

This question wells up from the heart when we observe the hurting around us, and when we feel the hurt within us. To the person who is in the midst of suffering…

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I feel closer to God out in the woods or on the lake. I don’t need to go to church to be a Christian, do I?

You’re right in that you do not have to go to church to be a Christian, and neither do you have to go home to be a husband. Going to church is not what makes a person a Christian, any more than going home at night makes you a husband. But husbands who want to have a good relationship with their wives will spend time at home.
There is a basic and prevalent misunderstanding of Christianity. It’s the idea that I become a Christian by doing certain good deeds. The New Testament makes it clear that we can never earn a place in heaven by our good lives. We are sinners, every one, and cannot possibly be righteous before a Holy God, on our own merit. God the Father sent His Son Jesus, to take the punishment we deserve. He did this in giving His life as a ransom for us. A jailer in the city of Philippi asked Paul and Silas, “What must I do to be saved?" Their answer was simple and straightforward, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved…" (Acts 16:30-31). However, it’s also clear from the New Testament, that whenever a person genuinely believed in Jesus Christ, it was a life-changing experience.
One change that occurred was that the person became part of the church, the Body of Christ. From earliest days, Christians saw the need to gather for worship, encouragement, and accountability. Some people think that the church is man’s invention. On the contrary, it was Jesus who said, “…I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it." (Matthew 16:18) Yet even in the early church, there were some with the attitude, ‘I don’t need to be part of a local church’. For that reason, the writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews admonished, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…" (Hebrews 10:25). Since the resurrection of Jesus, genuine believers have met regularly for corporate worship, teaching, encouragement, prayer, and
If you find church irrelevant or unnecessary, the problem may lie in one of two areas. It may be your own relationship with Christ that is not right. If the church is important to Jesus (who is building it), shouldn’t it also be valuable to us who follow Jesus? Secondly, it may be that I am not in a church that is helping me grow in my relationship with the Lord. Vance Havner used to say that too many churches start at 11 o’clock sharp, and end at 12 o’clock dull! In our land, we are fortunate to have access to a multitude of various denominations and local churches. It’s important that we find a group of believers with whom we can worship, learn, serve, and grow. May God help you do that. And by the way, keep talking with the Lord while you’re out in the woods or on the lake. Thanks for reading and have a great day


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