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Catholic Despite the Abuse

Photo: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church I was sexually abused by a priest for many years. By the time I was 22, I left the Church, feeling lost, hurt and abandoned by it all. It took a number of years for me to return, and, as you can read in older blog posts, I fell about as far from the path God intended for me as I could have.  But I came back. By the mercy of God, I was not only able to fully come back home, I was able to forgive my abuser and I was given the grace to see the whole issue in its proper context and to even become a defender of priests, who, as...

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Angry? Afraid? Stressed? Sick? Suffering from health, marital, family or financial problems? Consider this.....

Who is it that you hate? Who are you angry with? Stop right now and think about that person or persons and realize that your hatred and anger are being directed at a human being that God created, a creature that God loves, no matter how far off the path you think they are or they may actually be. No matter what they have done against you or others. In carrying this hatred and anger, you are infecting yourself with evil. You are literally allowing the enemy to infect your health, marriage, and family. This is one of the devil's greatest tricks and it will not only cause you continued grief in the here and now, but it will ultimately keep...

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What to do if you don’t know what to do. Wherein Fr. Z … advises.

Posted on 28 January 2017 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf My in-box is filled with email from people who are frustrated, angry, confused.I am with you. I jot people’s names down and I pray for you. I am shifting my other practices around to include mortifications. After all, as St. John Vianney said to another priest: “You have preached, you have prayed, but have you fasted? Have you taken the discipline? Have you slept on the floor? So long as you have done none of these things, you have no right to complain.” Therefore, I have to do more.So, I pay attention to your notes and I can offer a bit of advice here and there (mainly about being patient). However,...

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Why We Don't Sell "Church Supplies"

  When we opened St. Benedict's in 2012, we were called to a specific mission, namely, to help build up the Catholic Church, the only church founded by Christ himself. We were not called to build up the multitude of denominations that have protested the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Whether you are a pastor at a local Baptist church, a wiccan priestess, or just some dude who wants to go collect money on the corner wearing a "priest's shirt", we are unwilling to provide chalices, vestments, or other goods that only an ordained Catholic priest would require in the service of the Catholic Church. We feel that our duty as a Catholic store is to provide quality Catholic books and...

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Cremation: What Does the Church Teach?

We should always encourage the traditional Christian practice of burial. The Church does not encourage, but only tolerates, cremation. Either way, whether the remains be a body or ashes, they should be treated with respect. If for some reason you have the remains of any person in your residence, it is time for them to be interred in a sacred space, surrounded by the prayers of the faithful.  

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