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Priests, Celibacy And Marriage

Priests, Celibacy And Marriage

  In May 2009, Fr Alberto Cutie, a Catholic priest from Miami, was photographed on a local beach with an unidentified woman, who turned out to be his girlfriend of two years. Fr Cutie, who is well known in the United States for his television show and best-selling book ‘Real Life, Real Love,’ was torn […]

The Sacraments Part 6: Holy Orders

The Sacraments Part 6: Holy Orders

  We are all called to the common priesthood by our Baptism, and as such we participate in the life of the Church in accordance with our individual vocations. The Sacrament of Holy Orders refers to the ministerial priesthood, that is, the ordained priesthood, made up of deacons, priests and bishops. Diaconate ordination is the […]

The Sacrament Part 5: Marriage

The Sacrament Part 5: Marriage

  God is love and being created in his image, we are all called to love. This we all share, despite whether we are called to marriage, religious life or the single life. God created us male and female so that we could become an image of his absolute and unfailing love (cf. CCC 1604). […]

Marriage Is More Than Just A Human Institution

Marriage Is More Than Just A Human Institution

  ‘Marriage is not purely a human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes… Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures.’ (Catechism […]

The Sacraments Part 4: Confirmation

  The sacrament of Confirmation is the third member of the ‘sacraments of Christian initiation’, the others Baptism and the Eucharist we have dealt with in previous posts. The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace (cf. CCC 1285) because through it we are bound more closely to Christ and his […]

Pilgrimage From Earth, To Heaven

Pilgrimage From Earth, To Heaven

  ‘O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before you after this short life to render an account of our works. Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. […]

Apostolic Succession And Mission

Apostolic Succession And Mission

  At the Last Supper, Jesus told his apostles: ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’( John 14:6). This small statement holds for us the message of salvation: truth, life and union with God. This message is, in fact, the mission that Jesus […]

Marriage Is A Sacred Union

Marriage Is A Sacred Union

  “The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they come from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes.” (CCC 1603) From the very […]

Marriage Is Intended To Be Fruitful

Marriage Is Intended To Be Fruitful

  We live in a society today where children are, on the whole, no longer seen as a blessing. Somewhere along the way we, as a society, decided that children are a right every woman has. A right she may choose to exercise, or not, depending on her own personal circumstances. At the same time, […]

A Ministry Of Compassion

A Ministry Of Compassion

  ‘They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. ‘He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see […]