Sacraments

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The English Counter-Reformation – Fr. Charles Connor – Deep in History

September 15, 2016

Many are familiar with the Catholic Counter-Reformation that took place on the European continent in response to Martin Luther and other reformers.  Less well known is what the Counter-Reformation looked like in England as a response to the schism led by King Henry VIII.  Fr. Charles Connor explores the relationship between Catholics and Anglicans in England in the decades following the split between the Church of England and the Church of Rome. ... more
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What does it mean that the Creator of the Universe took on flesh? Genesis 1 and John 1 – Rob “The Donut Man” Evans

September 7, 2016

God made the natural world, and then, as a baby in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, was introduced to that same world as a physical part of it in the person of Jesus.  If the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, what does it then mean that he promised that the bread and cup that we take at Communion would also become his flesh?  Rob Evans, who has entertained thousands of children for the past several decades as “The Donut Man,” talks with Marcus about the meaning of the incarnation of ... more
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Helping them Home: 10 Steps of Dialogue

July 5, 2016

How can we help our non-Catholic Christian friends and family discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic Faith? This is precisely why the Coming Home Network International exists, and, by grace, we have been able to help many “come home.” But many who have contacted us have not continued the journey. We aren’t here to “push, pull, or prod” anyone into the Church, but rather to stand beside. In doing so, we have discovered that, even if we are able to clear up misunderstandings about Catholic teachings and ... more
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“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church… cleansing her by the bath of water with the word”; Ephesians 5:25-26 – What is the meaning of that bath of cleansing?

May 24, 2016

One of the more controversial chapters in the Bible for pastors to preach on is Ephesians 5, because of Paul’s statement about wives submitting to their husbands.  Deacon Alex Jones addresses another challenging portion of the same chapter- when Paul says a husband should lay down his life for his wife, “cleansing her by the bath of water with the word.”  In his Pentecostal days, Deacon Alex saw salvation through receiving the word of God as primary, and the washing of water through Baptism as merely a later affirmation of ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 6: Our Life in the Sacraments

May 12, 2015

Last week we looked at five of the seven sacraments of the Church.  This week I shall explain about the two great sacraments of ministry:  Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 5: The Great Gift of the Sacraments

May 5, 2015

Seven sacraments—seven great gifts of love from God to his Holy Church.  Anyone aged 50 and over can easily recall from their Baltimore Catechism: “A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace”. ... more
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A Sacramental Worldview: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 3)

May 5, 2015

There’s no denying it. The sacraments are the heart and soul of the Catholic Faith, so much so that when people speak of returning to the Catholic Church after being away for a long time, they often phrase it in terms of returning to the sacraments. The sacraments are God’s answer to our human need for forgiveness, for transformation, and for holiness. Summing up a long tradition, St. Bonaventure spoke of the entire sacramental economy as a Divine Remedy for our original and actual sin. ... more
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Seeking to be Close to Christ, Michael Rediscovered His Catholicism and the Sacrament of Confession

November 17, 2014

Michael Cousineau discusses the desire for God that has been placed in the hearts of all mankind and how in seeking to be closer to Christ he rediscovered his Catholic faith. ... more
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Baptism: The Wages of Sin is Death, Romans 6:12-23

November 14, 2014

Listener email: “Infant baptism coming to life is mere theological fiction.” ... more
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Reading G.K. Chesterton Led This Evangelical Baptist to Discover the Catholic Church – Interview with Dale Ahlquist

November 10, 2014

Dale Ahlquist shares how his faith in Jesus Christ found greater fulfillment in the sacraments and communion of the Catholic Church. Reading G.K. Chesterton started him on his journey home! ... more
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Longing For Truth

July 1, 2014

“My longing for truth was a single prayer.” – St. Edith Stein ... more
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Timothy Putnam: Former United Methodist Seminarian

March 24, 2014

Timothy talks with Marcus about the Methodist emphesis of holiness in God’s grace and their desire for an ever deeper walk with Christ and how this led him to the Catholic faith. Timothy is now the director for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Tulsa, OK. His website is www.timothyputnam.com. ... more