Back to Basics: Learning More About the Catholic Faith--A Guest Post

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This isn't really a guest post. This is actually a repost of a blog by Sixpacker Sarah Carey. We are exceedingly pleased and proud that Sarah thinks enough of this apostolate that she would write a post on her blog site. Sarah is a recent convert to Catholicism, and we're thrilled that she loves the faith enough that she would want to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of it. We're also thrilled that Sarah has chosen to be a Sixpacker, and we're looking forward to a long friendship.

You can learn more about Sarah and her blog
here.

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Sex After Your Spouse Dies

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I was married to my husband for 35 years when he passed away. It has been 16 years since he died. He is the only man I have ever been intimate with. We had an active sex life. We were intimate usually twice a week. I have not dated and have chosen not to remarry. Two or three times a year, I have overwhelming feelings that I need to be sexually satisfied. I haven't been able to stop the feelings. When you were sexually active for so many years so often and then you loose your spouse and you are alone, I want to know if it is wrong to satisfy yourself and is this a mortal sin?

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Genesis or Polygenesis?

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A 17 year old convert and Sixpacker from Eastern Europe has been asking me questions for a while now, but this latest question is both common among thinkers and good for you all to know.

Oh, and by the way, how many 17 year old converts have you ever met? Better yet, how many 17 year olds do you know capable of this depth of thought?

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Newly Graduated Nurse Practitioner, Part 2

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As the discussion of moral issues with the new Nurse Practitioner continues, I think all Sixpackers will find this both enlightening and fascinating.

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Newly Graduated Nurse Practitioner, Part 1

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Congratulations to the Sixpacker who just graduated as a Nurse Practitioner! But this new Nurse Practitioner has a burning moral question about actually practicing as a new Nurse Practitioner. Even though this doesn't apply directly to the vast majority of you, I'm confident enough in your intelligence to believe you'll figure out the ways it applies to you all indirectly.

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On Time in Purgatory

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Very excited you are doing this. As far as questions, I would like to dig deep of the time frames of purgatory. I see there are indulgences taking 100’s of years off time in purgatory, but Cardinal Ratzinger wrote:

"The transforming 'moment' of this encounter cannot be quantified by the measurements of earthly time. It is, indeed, not eternal but a transition, and yet trying to qualify it as of “short” or “long” duration on the basis of temporal measurements derived from physics would be naive and unproductive."



Is it therefore possible purgatory, in light of 1st Corinthians 3, is a moment of purgation rather than a tremendous amount of time?

"…it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."

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On Consecrations

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I really enjoyed the webinar today. Thank you!!!

You mention consecration in Lesson 4. Well, I need your guidance on consecrations.

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Can ALL people go to Heaven––Muslims, Protestants, Jews, etc?

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The Inquisition

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This is an article on the Inquisition by my friend and fellow Marian Catechist Phillip Bellini. As is typical of Phillip's work, this is magnificent! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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Are You a Pervert?

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I thought that title would get your attention. No one likes to think of himself/herself as a pervert. When we hear the word “pervert,” images of some strange man with various sexual deviancies lurking in the shadows comes to our minds.

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