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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Question:

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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