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Half Christians

What is positively astounding about the power of the scripture is its completeness.  Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit collaborated to inspire the writers and compilers to bring forth a product that is magnificently complex and unequivocally thorough.  The brand new reader of the Bible will find it instructive.  The veteran will always be led to excavate yet another layer of depth.  Even the serious critic is sure be challenged by its breadth and its wholeness. So thorough is the Bible message of Jesus Christ, that we will never need another testament.  As the Catechism …

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“The Poor You Will Always Have:” It’s Not A Prediction!

If I hear one more person take the phrase “The poor you will always have with you” out of context (almost always as an excuse to avoid asking the hard questions about poverty), I may have to scream. I have heard this statement used countless times as Jesus’ prediction of the state of the world. The poor will always and forever be here, so don’t worry about trying to eliminate poverty. It’s clearly God’s will.  Jesus said so. NO, HE DIDN’T!!!!! Please, read the entire sentence. What Jesus in Matthew 26: 11 said is, “The …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: The Bible & Spiritual Reading

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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Thinking Catholic Means Being in Love with the Church

Thinking Catholic involves acknowledging and accepting the church in its full reality. In and through the church Christ makes us holy in his Spirit. Every stage of life is touched by the love and the life of the Lord through his sacraments: baptism that gives us birth, confirmation and the Eucharist that offer us maturity and strength, reconciliation and the anointing of the sick that deal with our moral and physical weaknesses. It’s all part of God’s plan to make us holy as Christ is holy.   The Church Teaches Us In and through the …

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The Scriptures and Quotes Which Nurture My Days

I live in a world that requires a constant nurturing of my faith.  A world where simply saying I believe can be misleading.  I do believe, but not simply because I say it. Because it has been tried, tested and found true. I live in a world where there are times I require more.  Times I need to know that someone else has walked more than a mile in my shoes and not only survived it…but flourished. I am a reader therefore words are important to me.  Depending upon the turmoil in my life different …

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Breaking Open the Scriptures

Every Monday, I gather with 15 to 20 parishioners for Bible study and prayer.  During this time together, we experience the burning in our hearts as did the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  In our midst, we hear the Holy One God saying to us, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24: 44-45 NAB.) We are …

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How Protestants Made Me A Better Catholic

My heritage is largely German, so it is no surprise that Protestantism looms large in my ancestry. On my father’s side, we have a strong Lutheran heritage. One of my grandfather’s prized heirlooms is a second copy of the Gutenberg Press Bible. One of my great-great grandfathers was a circuit-riding preacher in Southwest Ohio. My father converted to Catholicism when he met a nice Catholic girl, my mom. Even today, I think my father would admit that his deep Protestant heritage tugs at his heart from time to time. As I reflect on my own …

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