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BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 36.5 SUMMING UP THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS: GOD’S LOVE AND OUR RESPONSE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/18/21

      In this series, a significant number of installments have been devoted to the seven sacraments – treating their origins, purpose, administering and proper reception.  Additionally, some contemporary questions pertaining to the sacraments were discussed to further show their true meaning and purpose.  In giving a summary to the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 36. SACRAMENTALS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/11/21

At the heart of the life of the Church are the seven sacraments through which the invisible grace of the saving works of Jesus Christ is offered to us through visible signs.  These sacraments, necessary as they are to the life of the Church and for our salvation, are ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 35. HOLY MATRIMONY: PART 5: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 2 – WHAT ARE “ANNULMENTS?”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/04/21

 What is an “annulment?” Is it a Catholic divorce?  Does it declare all that is good of a broken marriage relationship as though it were false or illegitimate?  Bringing clarity and honesty to these questions invites an explanation of a “declaration of nullity” (which is the more precise term) ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 35. HOLY MATRIMONY: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 1 – MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/28/20

 In the initial column on the sacrament of matrimony concerning the origins and history of the sacrament, Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4-9 on the nature of marriage in the beginning were emphasized as expressing how marriage is a sacrament wherein God Himself joins a man and woman together.  To ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY MATRIMONY PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/21/20

In the last installment, a general overview of the ritual for celebrating matrimony was given that expressed how the words of consent or what are commonly called “marriage vows” are the primary element of the wedding ceremony.  In this installment, we take a deeper look at how the words ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY MATRIMONY: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF MARRIAGE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/14/20

 By definition as a sacrament, Holy Matrimony consists primarily of God’s own act of joining a man and a woman together in a life-long covenant – for “what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Matthew 19:6).  In this installment, we will consider the ritual for matrimony ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 35. HOLY MATRIMONY PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/07/20

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1601 gives us this description of marriage: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS: PART 8: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 2 – WHY CAN ONLY MEN BE ORDAINED?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/30/20

In present times, many people question or even attack the Catholic understanding of God’s will to create human beings in His image as male and female who are equal and different.  Secular rhetoric and speech on many issues related to human sexuality wants to suggest that there either are ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS PART 7: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/23/20

As was shown in the first installment on the sacrament of holy orders, Christ gave this sacrament to the Church to make His saving works available through all the sacraments.  Accordingly, as we turn our attention to the minister and recipients of holy orders to consider “who” is able ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. HOLY ORDERS: PART 8: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 1 – WHY CELIBACY?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/16/20

We have explored the sacrament of holy orders as a gift of Jesus Christ to His Church. Through the ministry of the ordained, the saving works of Jesus are made available to the world in the Church’s sacraments.  Those who receive holy orders are called to serve through a ... Read More »

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