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“There is no Church without Pentecost. And there is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary.” —Pope Benedict XVI
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How do Catholics understand Mary’s participation in the redemptive work of Christ, and why does it matter?
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If you’re wealthy and you are not sacrificially generous, you will go to hell.
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The whole business of relics delights me because it stands this rational world on its head.
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Christianity is based on the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead — a historical fact that cannot be refuted.
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The resurrection of Our Lord reminds us that the same reality will be ours to share one day.
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As fragile as the portrait of a ghost ... sketched by light it seemed.
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You can’t just wish upon a star and make this coronavirus go away.
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“The liturgy is the work of the whole Christ, head and body.” (CCC 1187)
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This is why the Catholic Church will soon become the sole defender of marriage: because it has continued to be the sole defender of celibacy.
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Catholicism is concrete, solid and substantial — yet supernatural and spiritual at the same time.
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“Too often Christians attracted by Socialism tend to idealize it in terms which, apart from anything else, are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality. They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, which remain conditioned by the ideologies from which they originated.” —Pope Paul VI
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“What Christ entrusted to the Apostles, they in turn handed on by their preaching and writing, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to all generations, until Christ returns in glory.” (CCC 96)
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“There is more simplicity in a man eating caviar because he likes it than a man who eats Grape-Nuts on principle.”
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Satan’s grip on the world is insinuated into every nook and corner.
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Satan hates God. Satan hates you. And Satan hates the Rosary.
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The credit goes to George Lucas for being brave enough to include a spiritual heart to the film series.
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A mature person doesn’t blame anyone else. Ever.
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C.S. Lewis always brought people back to the main point, and that’s the point.
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It is a little-known fact that Father Damien labored to established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament among his lepers.
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The doctrine of purgatory is full of compassion, common sense, confidence, joy and eternal hope
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Celebrities are shallow and superheroes are not real. The saints are the real heroes.
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The concerns of this world are put into perspective by the lives of the saints.
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“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
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“Any scene such as a landscape can sometimes be more clearly and freshly seen if it is seen upside down.”
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St. Michael defends the Church against the three-head beast of Materialism, Scientism and Symbolist Reductionism.
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St. Joseph of Cupertino, whose feast day is Sept. 18, is the patron saint of pilots, astronauts and all aviation workers.
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The only religion that has forgiveness and reconciliation at its very foundation is Christianity.
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It’s never too late to say “Yes” to God
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“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Do you plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
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Given enough time and influence, atheism leads to genocide.
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If you get rid of the supernatural from religion, it’s not a religion anymore — it’s just a set of table manners.
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“Now is the time to awake out of sleep, for now is your salvation nearer than when you first believed.”
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All the circumstantial evidence points to the conclusion that Mark’s gospel was not a late invention, but was written by a follower of Jesus Christ and friend of St. James.
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“Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer.” (CCC 2691)
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Catholicism is real and solid and messy — and true
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Either there is a divinely constituted authority to settle these matters, or there is not.
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Locked into human history, the Church suffers like Christ did at the hands of worldly men. This is our tragedy — and our triumph.
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God will not forsake his Church
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I became Catholic because I wanted to be part of that living tradition and to plant my roots deep.
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Our decisions and actions matter. Each choice has consequences, for better or for worse.
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When tolerance is the only virtue, tyranny eventually takes over.
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Believing in luck is a sad replacement for God’s providence and provision
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The truly penitent soul is simple. He sees clearly the everlasting mercy of God.
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The historical evidence for the essential facticity of the gospels is sound.
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Faith is wave-walking. Ideology is staying safely in the boat.
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Beneath all the mystery there is real history.
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“It is in this eternal liturgy that the Spirit and the Church enable us to participate whenever we celebrate the mystery of salvation in the sacraments.” (CCC 1139)
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The aim of the Rosary therefore is not to empty the mind, but to fill the mind with the mysteries of the life of Christ.
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If we love all things and all people according to their worth, we will love Jesus Christ the Lord above all created things
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The Catholic faith is a community, not a commodity.
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The Our Father unites us with the prayer of Jesus. This is how he prayed. This is what he prayed for.
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The test of obedience is when it is difficult, not when it is easy, to obey.
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Exalt the crucifix and you will be exalted. Wear it and place it in your homes, schools and churches with true veneration.
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“Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humor.” (Gaudete et Exsultate)
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The Rosary can help to bring healing and reconciliation to a gaping wound in our lives
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This is heaven come down to earth, with forgiveness in its wings.
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All we need to do is pray before the prayer, “Lord teach me to pray”
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Truth, beauty and goodness — like a fine wine — get better with age, but Coca-Cola just fizzles out and goes flat.
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Catholic churches are magnificent not for man, but for the God-Man Jesus Christ.
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Whenever you’re tempted to attack and criticize others, be very, very careful
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Once we realize the depth of this mysterious exchange, our appreciation for the Mass and our appropriation of its benefits will increase.
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In this way we can experience the mystery of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
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Every clue points to the fact that William Shakespeare “dyed a Papyst” – or a loyal Catholic.
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“We can invoke God as ‘Father’ because he is revealed to us by his Son become man and because his Spirit makes him known to us.” (CCC 2780)
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The penitent man may pass — not only through the trials of life, but into the abundance of life.
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Some people can benefit from your help. Some people can’t. Here’s how to tell the difference...
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Lewis’ writings are a dose of fresh sanity in a world of stagnant insanity.
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“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” (John 3:3)
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“Art is a freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches.” (CCC 2501)
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Some religions are superior to others, and Christianity is the best. And of the Christians, Catholicism is the best.
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“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
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Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.
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The longtime preacher had a genuine ability to connect with everyone, overcome the dubious, listen to the critics and win over the wicked.
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Even for hermits, the Christian life is never totally solitary
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FOCUS seeks to realign short-term missions with the long-term mission of the Church
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So if you’re one of the three, or if you know one of the three, what should you do?
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Preach the gospel at all times. The use of words is necessary.
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Take heart. Christ knows the burden you bear, and sees not how deformed you are, but how beautiful you were, and how beautiful you can be.
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James III had a choice: to be king, or to be Catholic. He chose wisely.
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St. Nicholas Owen was, like Jesus himself, only a carpenter, but he displayed a heroism to shame us all.
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The fruit of matriarchy and polygamy will be a society with low self-esteem, lack of aspiration and low accomplishment.
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“We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ.” (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)
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“Respect for the reputation and honor of persons forbids all detraction and calumny in word or attitude.” (CCC 2507)
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The problem with finding a holy spiritual director is that they are often hidden. Here are the secret signs to look for...
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You have to love Jesus more than anything and anyone on Earth.
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Jesus calls us to step out of the boat and walk on the waves.
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The first rule of a “dictatorship of relativism”: There must be no prohibitions. Prohibitions are prohibited.
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Did Christianity simply develop from paganism, as atheists like to claim?
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These common mistakes only feed the fire of clericalism.
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It's up to us to protect what little of the Shire is left in this world.
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Like leprosy, sin starts as an invisible infection and then slowly dominates one’s life.
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This invention has changed everything.
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These five ways are not only taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but in the Gospel itself.
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“It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice.” (CCC 1410)
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Individuals change history. Small decisions matter. The Divine is in the details.
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The gospel must subvert and undermine the way of the world in whatever culture it finds itself.
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Insisting that the date for Mark’s Gospel is later than A.D. 70 just because of a single detail is very tenuous.
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Through Sts. Peter and Paul, our Lord gave his Church the foundations of her heavenly office—and through them, he helps her to eternal salvation.
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Here are some of the basic points shroud doubters have to answer.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Fr. Dwight Longenecker was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from college with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University and was ordained a an Anglican minister in England.

In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of twenty books, including Catholicism Pure & Simple, Quest for the Creed and The Mystery of the Magi.

In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina. Read his blog, browse his books and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com.