September 15, 2020
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Tag: Sacraments

The Validity of Baptism

Was your baptism valid? The question is not an idle one, as Father Matthew Hood, a young priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, will attest. After reading a statement on baptism from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (VCDF)...

Worth the Risk

For centuries missionary priests have risked their lives to spread the Gospel and expand the reach of the Catholic Church. Many have been martyred for their efforts. In Japan, as beautifully dramatised in Martin Scorcese’s Silence, the Shogunate of...

The Anointing of the Sick in Patristic Sources

We have all heard the famous biblical verse thanks to which the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was instituted by Christ through his Mystical Spouse and our mother, the Church. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the...

Only Then

Every year since 9/11/2001, people have gathered at Ground Zero, in front of the Pentagon and in a remote area of Pennsylvania for somber and dramatic remembrances of their personal loss. A heartrending, personal loss brings them together. The more...

Trusting Jesus

During the Vietnam War, an American soldier was severely wounded, but miraculously recovered, and from his hospital bed he wrote a very moving letter. He said, “From the split second I was hit, I was completely alone. . . . I was hurt real bad; a...

Taking Our Faith Seriously

Jesus speaks of how we must be salt for the earth and light for the world—but in fact, many of us as Catholics often fall short in living out and sharing our faith. If all members of the Church took their faith seriously, this world would be a much...

Matter and Form

In his book, Jesus Shock, Professor Peter Kreeft declared: “Protestants believe that the sacraments are like ladders that God gave to us by which we can climb up to Him. Catholics believe that they are like ladders that God gave to Himself by which...

Sacraments, Sacramentals, and the Incarnational Principle

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC, #1116), “Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are...