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Nicholas Hardesty
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For the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo
St. Charles Borromeo "When Saint Charles was dying he had the picture of the dead Christ brought to him, so that he could die happily in the thought of his Savior's death. And this is really the remedy for all those who fear death: to think often of Him Who...

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Communion of Saints = Idol Worship?
Fr. Pontifex is disappointed in you:

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Catholic Q&A: Part 40
T his post continues my series of short answers to common (and not so common) questions about Catholicism. For the previous parts in the series, see the "Catholic Q-A Series" blog label. Why are Catholics more interested in the saints? I'm not sure who you ...

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Catholic Q&A: Part 39
T his post continues my series of short answers to common (and not so common) questions about Catholicism. For the previous parts in the series, see the "Catholic Q-A Series" blog label. My 25-year old cradle Catholic daughter is in a relationship with some...

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Catholic Q&A on Levels of Honor in Heaven and the Communion of Saints
Gustave Dore's depiction of the highest realm of Heaven, from Dante's The Divine Comedy. Does our life on earth impact our experience of heaven? I've often read it described as completely full buckets; for some their love and yearnings create a small bucket...

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The Christopher Behind Columbus
S o, as I'm sure you know, today is Columbus Day in the US. As you may also know, Christopher Columbus is a very controversial figure. I spent a good part of the day trying to learn more about the man and discern for myself whether he's a villain, a hero, o...

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The History of Vacation Bible School
I have fond memories of Vacation Bible School, of days filled with singing songs, playing games, making crafts, eating silly food, and learning more about my faith. Once I became an adult and began working at the parish where those childhood memories were f...

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Topical Index Page: Sacraments and Sacramentals
Why Do We Have Sacraments? Baptism On the Washing of Regeneration On Necessity and Wetness: Parts One -- Two -- Three Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation [an incomplete debate]: Parts One -- Two Eight Key Points, Part 6: Infant Baptism Repent, and Do What ? ...

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Short Q&A on St. John the Baptist
What is “the Nativity of St. John the Baptist”? Well, it’s today’s feast day , for one thing! More specifically, the word “nativity” means “the event of being born.” So, today we are celebrating the circumstances of John’s birth, and his coming into the wor...

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Father's Day Q&A
S ince today is Father’s Day, I have provided the following collection of Q&A’s on fathers and fatherhood. Do you have a question about Catholicism? If so, send me an email and I will try my best to answer it. Why do we call God our “father”? We call God “f...
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