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31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Reconciliation}

The first three Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, are Sacraments of Initiation. They usher in a new life in Christ. However, because of the fall, this new life is damaged by sin. Both original and personal. Jesus heals us just as He healed those during His public ministry, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Also…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Reconciliation}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Eucharist}

When I was converting, this certainly was not the deciding factor, but only because I didn’t really know. Now that I am Catholic, this is the thing I am most thankful for.  The Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic faith. All we do as Catholics point towards our Lord, fully present in the…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Eucharist}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Confirmation}

Following Baptism is the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation completes baptism grace. In the Roman Rite, infant baptism is typical and Confirmation usually occurs in the 8th grade.  At confirmation, the confirmands are anointed with chrism oil and sealed with the Holy Spirit. Anointing with oil symbolizes joy, cleansing, and is a sign of healing. As…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Confirmation}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Baptism}

The first Sacrament is the Sacrament of Baptism. It is through Baptism that all sins are forgiven and we become co-heirs with Christ.  Baptism is necessary for salvation, as Jesus says in John 3:5, unless we are born again of water and the Spirit we cannot know eternal life. But, it’s important to note, God…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Sacrament of Baptism}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Sacraments}

The Sacraments are a beautiful part of our Catholic faith.  What is a sacrament?  A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace and we believe they are a necessary part of our salvation. They are how we co-operate with God’s Will for us and work with Him in transforming our lives into Holyness.…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic {The Sacraments}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {Mary, Mother of God}

One of the toughest hurdles I faced during my conversion was Marian Theology. A lot of emphasis on Mary made me uncomfortable. I bought into the mainstream, Protestant misconception that Catholics worship Mary. I guess that’s where we should start. Catholics don’t worship Mary, we venerable her just as we venerate Saints, only she is…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {Mary, Mother of God}

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31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Communion of Saints}

So, this weekend happened. And posting did not. I assumed that would happen at some point this month.  Working full time, and kids, and class, and sleep.. all that makes writing for a blog everyday hard. I debated posting all my intended posts on one day to catch up, but that quickly became overwhelming. So.…… Continue reading 31 Days: Why I am Catholic  {The Communion of Saints}