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Indulgences

“The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the sacrament of Penance. What is an indulgence? An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through […]

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Call Your Mama

Stainless Maiden. Morning Star. Star of the Sea. Mama. Mary. Just a few names that Mary, the mother of God is called. Growing up, Mary wasn’t talked about a lot in my household, but my mother had her reasons. It wasn’t until after my senior year of high school that I heard more and more […]

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Even Protestants are Catholic Around Christmas

You read that right. I was listening to a Catholic apologist on a podcast today and he made a stark observation that I was surprised I had never made before. So many Protestants are quick to bash the Catholic Church, not on doctrine or theology that they disagree with (which they do), but  are quicker […]

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O Antiphons, O Antiphons!

For some reason whenever I say “O Antiphons” I start say it to the tune of “O Christmas Tree” from Charlie Brown. The “O” Antiphons are possibly my favorite part of the Advent season. They are prayed during Evening Prayer as part of the Magnificat from December 17-23.  Each antiphon is a title for Christ […]

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Mary: Did You Know?

During this waiting for Christmas, around the feast of the Immaculate Conception, it’s an especially good time for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to reflect on the Blessed Mother, Mary. After all, at this point two thousand years ago, her and St. Joseph were the only ones on the scene. I once heard a spoken word poet criticize the affection […]