St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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What’s Your Strategy?

The Devil has a plan to take you down. What is your strategy

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Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’

Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’

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Be Bold, Be Catholic 3

Keeping the light of faith lit takes work and help from our neighbor. We grow in faith by sharing our faith in word and action. The more we share, the stronger our faith becomes. It starts with our interior thoughts about our faith. Then we share what is good and helps what keeps the faith alive in our hearts. We all need a witness of God’s goodness once in a while. We need to hear the stories of little triumphs to help us realize God is there and does listen to our prayers. Continue reading

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Living the Moral Life 68

Prayer, faith, and the things of faith not seen, are the driving force of the faith seen. We will be motivated to do works, in so far as we have a relationship with Jesus. If our relationship with Jesus is weak, our works will be weak. If we have a strong relationship with Jesus, our desire to do the will of God will be stronger. How close are you to Jesus? 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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