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Sacraments 101: Elements of Marriage - 'Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful'
Last month we introduced the Sacrament of Matrimony. In doing so, we also entered into the third and final category of the sacraments. First, we covered the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Then, we looked at the second category, the Sacraments of Healing: Penance...

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Jesus Elevates Beauty of Marriage to Something Even Better
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a collection of the official teachings of the Church, we read the following: “we profess that ‘the sacraments of the new law were…all instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1114). This claim ...

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Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick Protects in One's Final Moments
That evening, at sundown, they brought to [Jesus] all who were sick or possessed with demons. The whole city was gathered together about the door (Mark 1:32-33). Anyone who has ever experienced illness or sickness before, especially if it’s a chronic illness, could understand the desperatio...

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Sacraments 101: Your Follow-up Questions, Answered
Volume 10: Follow-up Questions Here are two helpful questions that were sent to me that I think are worth answering publicly. Can you help clarify what constitutes a mortal sin and when confession is warranted without mortal sin? Should venial sins be confessed? If so, how? In Saint John&...

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Confession Cleanses Us from Sin
Sacraments 101: Confession, Part I Life is often thought of as a kind of journey. Far from being something static or stagnant, our lives are constantly subject to change, growth, decay, and all other kinds of movement. For us as Catholics, one of the most common images used to describe life here ...

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Sacraments 101: Jesus Transforms the Ordinary into Something Heavenly
As we’ve seen in both the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, each Sacrament of the Church comes to us with a particular form and a particular matter which are required in order for the Sacrament to be valid. But if we step back for a minute, we can see that there is a coherent reason w...

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Sacraments 101: The Eucharist is the True Body and Blood of Jesus
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on Earth: the Blessed Sacrament...there you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death.” These are words that autho...

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Sacraments 101: Confirmation, Part 2
In thinking about the Sacrament of Confirmation last month we held up St. Joan of Arc as a model for us. Her heroism as a soldier exemplified for us what Confirmation commissions us to do on the spiritual level as public witnesses of our Lord. While Confirmation is intrinsically connected to bein...

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Sacraments 101: Confirmation Makes Us Witnesses for the Lord
Imagine yourself in the middle of an ongoing war, the two sides battling back and forth to put themselves in a place of command over the other side. However, there is never a clear victor in the midst of the fighting. The war goes on and on without either side gaining dominance over the other. Now, ...

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Sacraments 101: Form and Matter - Why They Are Important
Last month we began to describe the incredible gift that Baptism is, showing how Baptism both forgives us from sin and gives us new birth in the Holy Spirit.         But it’s also important to look closer at precisely what is required for the Sacramen...

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Sacraments 101: Elements of Marriage - 'Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful'
Last month we introduced the Sacrament of Matrimony. In doing so, we also entered into the third and final category of the sacraments. First, we covered the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Then, we looked at the second category, the Sacraments of Healing: Penance (Confession) and Anointing of the Sick. Now, with marriage, we transition into the third and final category, the sacraments at the service of communion: Marriage and Holy Orders.  These two sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders are given to us by Jesus, among other reas...

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