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Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 11, 2017 | 21 Comments

Q. My son and his wife have been married nine years and have four children. His wife homeschools their children and wants three more kids, but my son is exhausted when he gets home, and his wife expects him to “take over” while she “takes a break.” She says that the Church demands that they have more children. I would support my son if this was all too much and he asked for a divorce.

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The art of listening

The art of listening

| Deacon Ramon García | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is a story about a couple with marital difficulties who sought help. They were each given a flask with water in it and were told the water would keep them from arguing so much. Thrilled with the idea of the miraculous liquid, the couple asked how it worked. Imagine their surprise when they were told that the “miraculous” water worked because one person puts the liquid in his or her mouth while the other one talks, and the person cannot swallow the water until the other is finished talking. Then they reverse roles.

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The waters of baptism

The waters of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water is the principal symbol for baptism. John baptized Jesus with water in the Jordan River. Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where they baptized others with water (Jn 3:22-23). When Jesus died, water flowed from his pierced side (Jn 19:34), an outpouring of his grace through water. It is a rich symbol filled with spiritual meaning.

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Living Christianity’s great adventure

Living Christianity’s great adventure

| Deacon Stephen Najarian | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I was just a little kid, I had a near–drowning experience, and although I now love being around water, I still feel uncomfortable being in over my head.

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Availability an essential key to discipleship

Availability an essential key to discipleship

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

Q. I really want God to be able to use me, but I don’t know how to go about it. I mean, I want to be a disciple of Jesus and not simply a “nice person who goes to church.” But I don’t know how to make a difference.

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Grace, love and fellowship

Grace, love and fellowship

| John Martens | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

We think of the Bible as revelation without always reflecting on the profound content of what God is revealing. As Pope Paul VI’s 1965 “Dei Verbum” says, “Through divine revelation, God chose to show forth and communicate himself and the eternal decisions of his will regarding the salvation of men. That is to say, he chose to share with them those divine treasures which totally transcend the understanding of the human mind.”

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Infant baptisms in the Church

Infant baptisms in the Church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The following is meant to help Catholics be more conversant in the Church’s practice and to motivate Catholic parents to prioritize their infants’ baptisms.

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A reason for our hope

A reason for our hope

| Deacon Timothy Smith | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

People who know and love Jesus Christ exude a great joy. Every day, Catholics who make a witness of their faith to the people around them heal others through their work. The Acts of the Apostles demonstrate the power that comes from awakened believers who give witness through their words and deeds.

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Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a family member who keeps intruding in my life. I want to love this person well, and I don’t want to go against God’s teaching about the duty we owe to family, but this person’s constant interruptions and negative attitude are affecting my family and me. What can I do?

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When we hear Christ’s voice, we can’t be led astray

When we hear Christ’s voice, we can’t be led astray

When I hear a voice of a person I can’t see at the seminary, I sometimes enjoy trying to figure out and guess who the person is. Occasionally, it is easy to figure out. And other times, I must search my memory and wait for a distinct pronunciation or phrase for it to click. Sometimes, I get it wrong, or my initial guess is wrong, but often by listening more, it comes to me.

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Sharing our encounters with Jesus

Sharing our encounters with Jesus

| Deacon Derek Wiechmann | April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Maybe you and I have had a similar experience after an encounter with Jesus. Was it after spending an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Or was it after praying the rosary with your family? So often, Jesus gives us these close encounters with him and it leaves us refreshed. What do we do after these experiences?

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The scriptural basis for baptism

The scriptural basis for baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments. It was established by Jesus and has a strong biblical basis. The Gospels report that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Jesus modeled the reception of baptism. Jesus saw the spiritual value of baptism for himself and, in doing so, showed that those who believe in him should also be baptized.

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