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Merry Christmas!

A cradle Catholic once said, “Wouldn’t it be great if God actually came down to earth and walked with us and worked just like us and experienced everything we do?” It wasn’t till after he said this that he realized God already thought of it. It was such a great idea, God actually did it! It wasn’t till after that person said it that he realized the depth of the meaning of Christmas. Continue reading

Fr. Barr’s Recipe for Heaven

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Fr. Barr’s Recipe for Heaven

The not-so-secret way to Heaven is all spelled out here in this video. But if you one of those types who want to collect the ingredients before you use them, here they are, all eight items mentioned:
#1 – First and foremost – Obey the Ten Commandments;
#2 – Be reconciled with God through (a) DAILY examination of conscience; and (b) MONTHLY confession;
#3 – Pray a lot – prayers known by heart – prayers that you make up on the fly
#4 – Be reconciled with friends, family, and – yes – even your enemies
#5 – Receive anointing sacrament from a priest – this could be before surgery or any major medical procedure, but especially as you are approaching your last days on earth
#6 – Gain plenary indulgences (see Catechism of the Catholic Church at 1471)
#7 – “Offer it up” offering your suffering (big and small) to God as a sacrifice with a specific intention
#8 – Remember: Heaven is a gift and TRUST that God wants to give it to you!

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Prepare Yourself for Heaven

Gospel Reading from Luke 12:32-48

Other Bible quotes that tell us how to get to heaven: Ex 20:1-17, Mt 5:17-19, Phil 2:12, Mt 25:31-46, Rev 21:27, Rom 1:5,28,32, Jam 2:14-26 to list but only a couple.

Biblical quotes supporting purgatory; Mt 18 ;34&35 The sevant who does not forgive will be punished, but only till he forgives from, his heart. Hell is eternal punishment. So there must be a place where the punishment is not eternal. Other quotes; Lk 12:59, 2Mac 12:39-46, Mt 12:32 to list just a couple.

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Living the Moral Life 55

The Devil and the daemons use the world and our flesh to get us to do what they want. They have had many years to plan how they were going to deceive us. They are way smarter than us and more powerful than us, so do not tempt them. But in the grace that God gives us, we are more powerful than them. So how do we access this grace? Continue reading

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How the ‘Pirate Nun’ Changed a Gay Man’s Life Read more:

IRONDALE, Ala. — Paul Darrow went to his first gay beach when he was 15.

Soon after, he hitchhiked his way to New York, where there was a thriving gay scene and where he could pursue a career in modeling. Once there, he landed a high-end job as an international model and rubbed elbows with celebrities at clubs in the city. …

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Pope’s Homily in Florence

Italy, November 10, 2015

In today’s Gospel Jesus asks his disciples two questions. The first: “”Who do men say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13). It is a question that shows how much Jesus’ heart and look are open to all. Jesus wants to know what the people think, not to content them but to communicate with them. Without knowing what people think, a disciple is isolated and begins to judge the…