August 2012

People say the Rosary in a variety of ways. Some say a simple version without any “add-ons.” Others use the Fatima Prayer. Many add the Hail, Holy Queen or other prayers at the end. Some add Scripture verses for meditation. This raises some questions: Is there one right way to say the Rosary? Are some ways […]

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Spiritual Warfare What is spiritual warfare? Why is it practiced differently in the Catholic Church than in other churches? What are the principles that it is based on? Are ordinary Christians authorized to cast out demons? What does St. Paul really mean when he talks about putting on the “whole armor of God”? What is […]

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I’d like to thank everyone who has been praying for my recent eye surgery. I meant to provide a blog update before now, but I’ve been swamped catching up on things. For any who may not be aware, I’ve been dealing with cataracts for some time, and for the last month I was legally blind. […]

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It’s the day I get eye surgery on my right eye (the left will be in a month or so), so that I can (hopefully) stop being legally blind. Recently, when I was in the eye surgeon’s office, having my eyes measured for the surgery, this exchange occurred: ME: As far as I know, I’m […]

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A reader writes: Can you point me in the direction of why the Immaculate Conception is important in regards to salvation? A follow up or clarification might be how does Mary’s Immaculate Conception point to Christ’s redeeming act on the cross? First of all, let’s deal with a common misunderstanding: The Immaculate Conception does not […]

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A reader writes: I am caught in the odd–maybe not uncommon–situation of my Catholic godson getting married in the Church to a non-Catholic, yet, based on reasonable presumption, not living a Catholic life, not attending Mass, not having anything to with the Church practically, etc. and presumably having no intention of doing so in the […]

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Yesterday we looked at a question from a Secret Information Club member who is considering becoming Catholic and who was wondering if you have to donate every spare penny to the poor. The short answer is that you don’t, at least not in normal circumstances. You can read the post to see why. In the […]

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. . . but this time I would like to do so. Here’s the situation: For some time, I have been developing cataracts in my eyes. I’m very young to get them, but I’m told that the men in my family tend to get them unusually early. (I’m also told that some people are even born with […]

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A member of the Secret Info Club writes: I’ve been a Bible-believing Protestant for thirty years and I am seriously looking at becoming Catholic. I have an important question regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching on wealth and giving. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 2446 “Not to enable the poor to share in our […]

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This  version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 1 – 12 August 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 5 August 2012 General Audiences 1 August 2012 Speeches 12 August 2012 – Pilgrimage of the Archdiocese of Munich […]

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