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Below are peieces written by our previous spiritual advisor Father John and other valuable speeches by prominent Catholic figures

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Presentations

Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address Benedict XVI gave Friday when he received in audience some 1,300 priests and deacons participating in an annual course regarding confession and matters of conscience, organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary.

Dear friends, I am very happy to meet with you on the occasion of the annual course on the internal forum organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary. I address a cordial greeting to Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, the Major Penitentiary, who, for the first time in this vesture has presided over your study sessions, and I thank him for the cordial remarks he addressed to me. I also salute Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, regent of the Penitentiary, the personnel of this body and each one of you, who, with your presence, remind everyone of the importance that the Sacrament of Reconciliation has for the life of faith, demonstrating both the permanent necessity of an adequate theological, spiritual and canonical education for confessors and, above all, the constitutive bond between sacramental celebration and proclamation of the Gospel. More....

2009-11-08Ask the Tough Questions

Christianity, among other religions, is often referred to as a crutch for those who don't want to think for themselves, face the difficult realities of life or make an effort to improve the world in which we live. It is viewed as the catch-all solution for the intellectually or morally lazy. How did the world come about? God made it. How do I have to act? God will tell me. How do I fix this problem? God will take care of it. What happens with the responsibility of my wrong-doings? God takes care of that too. more...

2009-07-30Science, God & Design

While Einstein was no proponent of organized religion, his quote nevertheless makes an important point. Science can, and often has, lead people to making a logical leap... not to a general atheism, as Mr. Kraus stated, but to belief in God. more...

2009-04-24Cafeteria Catholicism

It's not uncommon to encounter Catholics, often public figures, who maintain that they are Catholics in good standing while publicly disagreeing with numerous teachings of the Church. Issues they frequently mention include: abortion, same - sex marriage, contraception and embryonic stem cell research. more...

2008-11-04Hope

The major financial crisis and increased unemployment, state budget cuts , ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and cultural wars about the meanings of life and marriage being continuously debated leave one, well... concerned, deflated or even depressed. Then someone comes along and says, "Don't worry, there's hope!" Your response might be a slightly skeptical, "Oh yeah, in what?" more...

2007-07-05"You just have to believe..."

At a gathering of volunteers from several parishes I had the opportunity to talk to a young woman, around 17 years old, who was teaching the faith to other young adults entering the Catholic Church. I asked her what question was the most difficult to her. She replied, "Is it true (all of it)? How could they know?" Her answer, "You just have to believe." more...

2007-05-25You shall not judge

"Do not judge, so that you may not be judged" (Matthew 7:1). This command of Christ is frequently quoted. However, it's usually directed towards Christians when issues regarding abortion, embryonic stem cells, marriage and the like are in discussion. The argument goes that if we declare certain actions to be morally wrong then we are judging others, which seems to clearly contradict what Christ says. This often goes hand in hand with a reminder to not impose one's own religious views upon others since the separation of church and state is guaranteed by the First Amendment. As a result, Christians often think they have no choice but to keep their 'religious' views to themselves. more...

2007-03-15O Christian, recognize your dignity, know your faith

Around the end of the 5th century, Pope Leo the Great stated, "O Christian, recognize your dignity."1 Yet you cannot value what you are if you do not know what that means. The following excerpt dramatically raises the issue: more...

2007-02-14What does love have to do with it? ...Everything.

The color red, countless hearts, Cupid and his bow, candy and roses all indicate that the day dedicated to those in love has arrived. The association of lovers with St. Valentine's Day goes back at least as far as the Middle Ages in England and France. February the 14th is around the time of year when birds would find mates, so this day also seemed appropriate for two people to show signs of that love (cf. www.newadvent.org). Yet does Valentine's Day still have anything to do with love? Is real love still possible? more...