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Tag Archive for ‘conversion’

Stretch (prt 3)

The letters in the New Testament were written to deal with certain problems within the different communities of the early church, yet people insist that if it is not in the scriptures then it can’t be part of Christianity. So for many, the sacraments are thrown out and each is left to their own devices […]

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Six Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions

Some practical, foundational practices for putting the Pope’s message of evangelization into action Recently after Mass, I started chatting with two elderly women who were comparing notes on how many children they have collectively who have left the Church. Ninety-two-year-old Mary lamented that she has five daughters without faith. It got me thinking about what […]

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Rosary Miracles: Blessed Bartolo Longo Converts from Satanic Influence

Bartolo Longo was born in 1841 to a devout Catholic family. When Bartolo grew up he decided to study law. Naples at that time was undergoing a tremendous spiritual crisis. Paganism and Satanism of all sorts were abounding. Bartolo was not immune to these influences and became a satanic priest, much to the chagrin of […]

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A life long process

Once it is decided to grow, change or to convert, whatever name you want to call it, things begin to happen in the inner life.  Conflict arises, since responsibility for ones life is taken seriously and the freedom to act without a deeper conscience is now no longer possible. If the new path in fact wants […]

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Loss of soul: What we love the most, truly desire; is where our hearts are

A man came up to one day and asked me this question:  “What does it mean to lose your soul?”  I don’t like questions like this, when they are asked, there is more often than not, some kind of underlying agenda, which over the years I have tried to avoid.  I really can’t help others […]

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A simple talk on masculine spirituality

A simple talk on masculine spirituality When a man begins to take his faith seriously, which entails a deepening, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; how will that change, or challenge, how their masculinity is expressed?  To be a man of Christ is not an easy task, for when Christ talks about a death to self, […]

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Conversion

When conscious conversion is sought after; the turning away from aspects of oneself that are destructive towards self or others, it leads to humility and empathy, because of the struggle and persistence that is involved.  The road to inner freedom is slow and an often painful process.  Grace is what calls us to begin the […]

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St. Benedict for Beginners – ‘The Way of Obedience’

‘It is by the way of obedience that we go to God.’ Benedictine monks and nuns take three vows. They promise to pursue obedience, stability, and conversion of life. Obedience is a hard word in a society that values personal freedom above anything else. But Benedict realizes that unless we submit to something greater than […]

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Mercy, Conversion and Social Issues

To many people, mercy and conversion may seem like poor tools for solving social problems. Some are tempted to accept ideologies that use force to carry out their programs and impose their vision. Such means sometimes  produce  what appear  to be successes. But these successes are not real. Force and manipulation have nothing to do […]

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Father Taras Kraychuk: From drug dealer to Ukrainian Catholic monk

LAC STE. ANNE, Alberta (CNS) — For years, the alcohol, the drugs, the parties consumed Taras Kraychuk. Then, literally, he saw the light. He’s now Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, serving as a hieromonk — pastor-monk — in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and living the monastic life near Derwent, Alberta. For 12 years, Father Kraychuk has […]

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