Seven Rivers

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A certain holy monk was taken in a dream by his guardian angel and shown a vast plain covered with many cities and men. On one side of the plain a rushing spring of water came forth from a hillside, and divided into seven clear streams, which flowed down into the plain. At the other side of the plain another fountain rushed up from a dark cave, and also spread out into seven streams.

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I Need a Drink… While You Fix My Car

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An odd way of thinking has crept into the minds of Catholics over the last 45 or 50 years… one that is decidedly not Catholic. Actually, there are several philosophies most certainly not Catholic that have gained ground in our thinking in recent decades, but there is one we should all find disturbing because it has eternal implications.

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Why Worship God?

Why Worship God

Personally, I think there are two things all Christians should be able to prove—especially Protestants. Our separated brethren claim strict adherence to the Bible as the end-all-be-all of divine revelation, believing it to be the “inspired” word of God, yet none of them know how to prove the Bible is inspired. Well, I think they should have to prove that. Catholics too, for that matter. That is something we will cover in a future issue.

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The One True Church (Part V)

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In the last installment, we made it half way through the four marks of the Catholic Church—the marks given to demonstrate her Founder is Jesus Christ, God Himself. Today we will finish with the marks we call catholic and apostolic.

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The One True Church (Part IV)

The One True Church (Part IV)

In our last installment, we began looking at the four marks of the Church; that is, that she is one. Today we will continue with the second mark, stating that the Church is holy. Before we do, however, we need to define the origin of the Church a little more deeply.

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The One True Church (Part III)

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Queen Elizabeth of England, whom the British called Good Queen Bess because she regularly oppressed Catholics, was out in the English countryside with her hunting party when she came upon a venerable old farmer working his field. She soon discovered that the old man was a fervent Catholic, faithful to the old religion. The Queen tactfully tried to win the old man over to the religion of her father, King Henry VIII.

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Catholic Spirituality -v- A Spiritual Awakening

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In reference to the insert on May 6, 2018. It said, “The reason I specify Catholic spirituality instead of Christian spirituality is, any sort of spirituality that comes from outside the Catholic Church is not approved by the Church”.

I was shocked when I read this! Are you saying that the spiritual awakening that I experienced in the rooms of Alcoholic Anonymous is not approved by the Catholic Church? This spirituality has kept me sober for 37 years but you are saying that doesn't count? That its not acceptable to God? God led me to the rooms of
AA, God saved my life via AA, and I think your statement is ridiculous.

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The One True Church (Part II)

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One of the most mighty rulers of the world was the first Napoleon. All of Europe was at his feet. The year 1804 was set for his coronation as emperor, and he invited Pope Pius VII to do the crowning. He tried to persuade the pontiff to move the papal throne to Paris. With high-sounding language and energetic gestures, the conqueror set before the Holy Father the advantages of such a change.

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The One True Church (Part I)

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In my last post, I began our examination of how Christ founded the Catholic Church. This week, we are going to take it a step farther…perhaps several steps farther.

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Not One Among Many, But the Only One

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When talking about religion, I find it sad when I hear people say things like “The only thing that matters is that we all believe in the same God” or “One Christian religion is just as good as another” or “Let’s just agree to disagree”. Why are these comments saddening? Well, they all demonstrate a scandal of Christianity. That scandal is, there are so many Christian religions to choose from that people have become indifferent to the whole idea of thinking about which church is the right one.

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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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Question:



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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