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10 Podcasts to Help You Grow in Faith
COMMENTARY: At a time when Christians in general are feeling marginalized and the world is trying to pronounce the Church irrelevant, Catholics are still influencing the culture. Father Roger Landry April 27, 2021 Source At the beginning of the year, there was the uplifting news that a new podcast, “Bible In A Year” (with Father Mike Schmitz), topped the Apple Podcast chart not just for religious or for Christian podcasts but for all podcasts.  It was noteworthy for a few reasons.  The first is because the Bible, and a Catholic priest, ha...

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Our Lord’s Ezer

Posted on April 30, 2021 in: General News

Our Lord’s Ezer
Robert L. Judge Published: April 27, 2021 Source In the resurrection of Christ the fullness and completion of salvation has been unveiled, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The penances of Lent give way to the climax of Holy Week in which we remember our collective and individual salvation from the greatest evils. Sin, which causes death, was overthrown and its power over mankind was crushed forever in the one definitive act of Jesus on Calvary. His ignominious death as a common criminal would seem to be the greatest defeat of all. Yet in perfect divine justice, mercy a...

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4 Things To Do When Your Prayer Time Is Dry
Samantha Delfin Source What happens when we enter into the desert of prayer?  While some of us easily walk in the hope and solace of Christ in the sacrifices of the season, others of us wonder whether we’ve wandered from our Guide and question His ongoing Presence. The saints often speak about dryness in prayer. While I am no canonized saint (though I believe in God’s greatness to make me one), it brings me a bit of comfort knowing that I am not alone in experiencing a similar dryness in the spiritual life despite my efforts. Dryness in prayer tim...

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East Texas Missionaries: Redemptorists Serve Vietnamese Communities in the Diocese
Elizabeth Slaten Published: April 23, 2021 Source As a diocese spanning over a significant geographical area, the Diocese of Tyler is a home to a great diversity of peoples and cultures. Many people have found a home in East Texas and are blessed to be able to grow in their faith here in the diocese. This is true for many of the Vietnamese immigrants who have settled in East Texas over the years. Large numbers of faithful Vietnamese Catholics have moved to this diocese, and they have come with a desire to have their spiritual needs met.  In an effort to serve t...

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Defending the Resurrection

Posted on April 15, 2021 in: General News

Defending the Resurrection
Dr. Luke Arredondo Published: April 6, 2021 Source If someone asks you to identify the single most important doctrine in Christianity, how would you reply? It’s probably not the principle of double effect. Could it be the fall of Adam and Eve? Creation itself? The infallibility of Scripture? All of those are fine and well, and very important for Christianity. But according to St. Paul, there is one teaching that stands out above all the rest. If this one teaching is true, it changes everything, and if it is not, then everything is a lie.  Paul gives us th...

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Looking for a Personal Relationship with Jesus? Take the Eucharist, Say the Church Fathers
By James R. A. Merrick, Ph.D. April 9, 2021 Source They taught me to pursue a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ. They said I had to avoid the use of lifeless objects like crucifixes, statues, and even the Eucharist. If these objects were not overtly idolatrous, to my Protestant parents and pastors they were problematically impersonal and phony. Such objects would make Jesus seem distant, strange, and mute and would prompt me to be unnecessarily formal and withdrawn in relation to Christ. My spiritual mentors said that the authentically personal was ...

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“Like Son” | A Short Film on Catholic Fatherhood
By Will Wright Source Before diving in to my reflection, I invite you to please watch this short film (2 minutes, 40 seconds) produced by Blackstone Films. It is a fantastic message for Catholic fathers about their importance from www.strongcatholicdad.com.  Like Son The About section of Strong Catholic Dad reads: “Strong Catholic Dad exists to help fathers lead their families to heaven. Founded by Michael O’Rourke, father of 12 (two in heaven), we equip dads to grow in their own relationship with the Lord, build fulfilling relationships with...

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Everything You Need To Know About Divine Mercy Sunday
By Becky Roach Source This beautiful glimpse into the life of St. Faustina is a clip from the award-winning movie Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy, recently released by Ignatius Press.  The film is based on St.Faustina’s “Diary” and tells the story of the Polish nun who received powerful messages from Jesus.  Jesus appeared to St. Faustina frequently throughout her life and used her as way to transmit the message of His Divine Mercy to others. In her diary, St. Faustina describes in detail the image of Mercy that Christ...

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Should Suffering Shake Our Faith?
by Bishop Robert Barron April 13, 2021 Source Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings—namely, that 67% of those who characterize themselves as “religious” found their belief in God challenged, that almost a quarter of all those questioned said that the pandemic made them more fearful of death, and that around a third of those surveyed said that their prayer life had been affected by the crisis. Justin Brierley, who hos...

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