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The Doctrine of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

The Doctrine of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

From the beginning of my walk with God, my heart has been gripped with awe concerning the glory of the incarnation. That the Holy Spirit would overshadow a virgin and place within her womb the substance that would become the physical form of the Son of God—what a...

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Praying to the Saints–Biblically Correct?

Praying to the Saints–Biblically Correct?

During my years as a Catholic, the concept of “praying to the saints” was a dominant theme. I admired the saints. I studied their lives. I pondered the amazing ways God used them. I never questioned if “praying to the saints” was a viable practice. I just accepted it...

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Are All Believers Priests?

Are All Believers Priests?

The Catholic catechism teaches there are two divisions of the priesthood: the “common priesthood” (normal Catholics) and the “ministerial priesthood” (clergy). (CCC 1546-1547)[1] However, I have found this distinction is not common knowledge, nor is it the actual,...

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Are All Believers Saints?

Are All Believers Saints?

During my years as a Catholic, the concept of “saints” was a very familiar and intriguing one. Strangely, I never questioned whether the “canonization of saints” and “praying to the saints” were acceptable and viable practices. I embraced both doctrines, simply...

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5 Reasons I No Longer Pray the Rosary

5 Reasons I No Longer Pray the Rosary

As a fervent Catholic growing up, I prayed the rosary often. In fact, I still have my original rosary in a shadow box with a picture of me in my altar boy cassock. During those formative years, running my fingers over the crucifix and fifty-nine beads, while repeating...

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The Wonder of Being “Born Again”

The Wonder of Being “Born Again”

As a Catholic growing up, I was never introduced to the concept of being “born again,” because the official stance of the Church is that I received this impartation from God when I was sprinkled in baptism, shortly after birth. So, why ask for something already...

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The Evolution of Catholicism

The Evolution of Catholicism

Many beliefs and traditions presently found in Catholicism cannot be traced to the doctrinal base of the original church, as recorded in the book of Acts and the Epistles. In some cases, they cannot be found in the earliest form of Catholicism itself. Instead, there...

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Seven sacraments are a major part of the foundation of Catholicism: baptism, holy communion, confirmation, reconciliation, extreme unction, matrimony, and holy orders. The fourth in this list is reconciliation. Catholics believe these sacred rites confer a special grace upon those who participate in them.

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Infant Baptism: Is Catholicism Right?

Infant Baptism: Is Catholicism Right?

Being the first of seven sacraments in Catholicism, baptism is foundational and essential. Sometimes, it is administered to adults and children who convert to the Catholic faith and understand the concept behind the ritual. Quite often, though, it is administered to...

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Is the Catholic Church the One True Church?

Is the Catholic Church the One True Church?

There are twenty-four different expressions of Catholicism, with approximately 1.3 billion adherents worldwide. The Roman Catholic Church, also known as the Latin Church or Western Catholic Church, has the largest membership (about 98.6%). Twenty-three other Catholic...

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Two Categories of Sin in Catholicism

Two Categories of Sin in Catholicism

According to Catholic teaching, sins are divided into two primary categories: mortal sins and venial sins. Several other Catholic doctrines are strongly hinged to this belief, so proving or disproving this concept results in major doctrinal shifts in other areas....

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The Sabbath: A Shadow of Good Things to Come

The Sabbath: A Shadow of Good Things to Come

Since the beginning of the Church Age, controversy has swirled around the issue of the proper day of the week Christians should gather for corporate worship. Is Saturday or Sunday the correct Sabbath for New Covenant believers? Was this ancient tradition corrupted and...

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The Mystery of the “Seal of God”

The Mystery of the “Seal of God”

In the book of the Revelation, we find a very intriguing scripture revealing the identity of those who are chosen of the Lord in the last days: And I heard the number of THE SEALED, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel....

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The Spectacular Grace of God

The Spectacular Grace of God

     Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being HEIRS TOGETHER OF THE GRACE OF LIFE, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) In the verse above, Peter first exhorts wives to be...

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