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Entries for July 2017

8 Ways Not to Make a Good Confession
“Let us allow ourselves be touched by the mercy of God with a good confession, in order to become ever more merciful like the Father.” —Pope Francis Confession is difficult for everyone. So I’ve laid out some simple principles on how to make this very demanding and taxing event a bit easier, with the hope that by the time you exit the confessional, you feel better about yourself. That’s the point right? Let’s get started.  (1) First things first: find a good distraction Facebook, Clash of Clans, Instagram, heck eve...

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Archbishop Chaput Proposes ‘Revolution of Joy’
Christians have a path to the future in lives of joy and love, Archbishop Charles Chaput said at the annual Napa Institute conference. NAPA, Calif. — In a world that can sometimes seem disheartening, Christians have a path to the future in lives of joy and love, Archbishop Charles Chaput told those gathered Thursday at the annual Napa Institute conference. While Christians need to see the world’s problems as they are, “we can’t let the weight of the world crush the joy that’s our birthright by our rebirth in Jesus Christ through bapt...

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Bishop Strickland Requests 54-day Novena To Support Teaching Of Catholic Faith
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is calling on the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to pray a 54-day Rosary Novena in support of his vision for a teaching diocese. The Novena will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and continue until Oct. 7, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. “I recently outlined in my Constitution for Teaching the Catholic Faith a bold new vision for catechesis and evangelization in the Diocese of Tyler. My earnest hope is that we as a Diocese more boldly and effect...

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Do Catholics Worship Saints?

Posted on July 27, 2017 in: General News

Do Catholics Worship Saints?
Fr. Mike Schmitz wants to straighten out some confusion regarding Catholics’ veneration of saints. In this video he explains how—far from being icons to worship—statues and paintings of the saints are reminders of what God can do in someone’s life, so honoring the saints doesn’t take away from the glory we give God. It actually brings him greater glory.

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Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage
Recently, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna and her now husband, Nelson. While we rejoice in their love for each other, the fact that they have now become living symbols of Christ the Bridegroom’s ecstatic love for his Bride, the Church is reason, in the very deepest sense, to give thanks.

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Father Justin Braun introduces you to our new seminarians for 2017
Meet the five new men entering discernment and formation for the priesthood in the Diocese of Tyler in 2017.

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Father John-Mary Bowlin teaches The Prayers of Fatima: The Pardon Prayer
As we continue to celebrate the centenary of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, Bishop Strickland has asked the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to learn and take inspiration from the prayers that the Angel of Peace and Our Lady gave to the three children. In July, we consider what is known as The Pardon Prayer.

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