With this nighttime prayer, forgive those who have hurt you

St. Paul wrote, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). In the course of a day, there is often at least one person who hurts us in some way. This could be a mean-spirited comment, a dirty look, or talking about us behind our backs.… Continue reading With this nighttime prayer, forgive those who have hurt you

This Irish priest sings the most beautiful adaptation of ‘Hallelujah’ you have ever heard!

Fr. Ray Kelly

Irish priest, Fr. Ray Kelly has an adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ that will move you to tears. This Irish priest sings the most beautiful adaptation of ‘Hallelujah’ you have ever heard! Irish priest, Fr. Ray Kelly has an adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ that will move you to tears. The video, which has gone… Continue reading This Irish priest sings the most beautiful adaptation of ‘Hallelujah’ you have ever heard!

The sign of peace: The ancient roots of the greeting at Mass

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The liturgical gesture is an ancient one, dating back to the early Church. Here is a brief article on the ancient roots of the greeting at Mass. Before the reception of Holy Communion, the priest or deacon will say to the people; “Let us one another a sign of peace.” It is then customary in… Continue reading The sign of peace: The ancient roots of the greeting at Mass

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Life of Saint Francis de Sales, The Doctor of Charity

Fr. Lawrence OP CC

Doctor of Charity. Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1567-1622) Here is a brief account of the Life of Saint Francis de Sales. In his childhood, Francis showed great interest in ecclesiastical life and received the tonsure at the age of eleven (marking his status as a cleric). After studying philosophy and theology in Paris,… Continue reading Life of Saint Francis de Sales, The Doctor of Charity

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Paul’s use of hyperbole does not change the fact that baptism is an essential aspect of the gospel and thus necessary for salvation The Catholic Church teaches that baptism is “necessary for salvation” (CCC 1257). Some Protestants like to use 1 Corinthians 1:17 to claim that this teaching contradicts the Bible. Paul writes, “For Christ did not… Continue reading Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

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