Contemporary Eucharistic Miracles
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by Fr. Robert Spitzer
2y ago
A true Eucharistic miracle occurs at every holy mass when the priest utters the words of consecration and the substance of the bread is transformed into the substance of Jesus’ body and the substance of the wine is transformed into the substance of His blood. However, this term is sometimes used to refer to extraordinary empirical signs of Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist, most notably, bleeding hosts, or the transmutation of a consecrated host into a piece of cardiac muscle tissue.  Eucharistic miracles are quite difficult to certify scientifically, because of problems certifying that t ..read more
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How to Start A Catholic Spiritual Life
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by Justina Miller
2y ago
If you have decided to pursue a life in Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church (which will not disappoint you for an eternity), then it will be necessary to put your flag in the ground and make a commitment to the Lord to participate in the sacraments, the moral life, and prayer. By doing so, you will receive an eternity of joy with the Lord as well as a life in this world filled with ultimate dignity and destiny. The document below is a workbook that will not only provide knowledge, but help you make a commitment that is grounded in the testimony of Jesus and millions of heralded and unher ..read more
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Can Catholics Believe in Near Death Experiences?
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by Magis Center
2y ago
Often, Catholics feel uncertain what to make of near death experiences (NDEs). On the one hand, NDEs provide powerful testimony of the immortality of the soul and the existence of God. On the other hand, many near death experiences contain elements difficult to square with Church teachings. In this article, we’ll take a close look at both sides of the Catholic discussion on NDEs. We’ve also included a free download of 5 things to remember about near death experiences. A Catholic view on near death experiences Near death experiences can be associated with the idea that God doesn’t care about ..read more
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A Must-Read for Those Interested in Christian Worldview
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by Joe Miller
2y ago
Christendom College Theology Chairman Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas has a new three-part article, “Cultivating Time for Eternity,” which is essential reading for anyone interested in big picture narratives.  The article can be found in the respected pastoral magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review (HPR).  Tsakanikas begins by looking at desire and history. He uses the term desire in a broad sense—as the force which moves everything from physical objects to human actions. He concludes that section with the following: “Time and eternity are distinct realms, but time can be taken i ..read more
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Godwin’s Law Versus American Disorder
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by John Clark
2y ago
Whether it appears on Facebook, Twitter or a dozen other similar venues, a high percentage of online discussions—whatever the topic—eventually devolve to the point of invective, pejorative, and name-calling. The apex of this is often considered to be something called “Godwin’s Law.”  Dictionary.com defines Godwin’s Law as “the proposition that the longer an internet argument goes on, the higher the probability becomes that something or someone will be compared to Adolf Hitler.” And once someone plays the Hitler card, his or her position is often denounced as lunacy.  Notwithstanding ..read more
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Join Us on a Virtual Rosary Pilgrimage
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by Magis Center
2y ago
On Sept. 8, the feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, Parusia Media will launch The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage, a virtual pilgrimage celebrating the Blessed Virgin and the Life of Christ. The 4-week event will conclude on Oct. 7, the Feast of the Holy Rosary.  Join over 20,000 pilgrims  Parusia Media, an Australian Catholic media producer and distributor, is calling the event “a Biblical journey through the life of Christ with Mary.” According to their website, over 20,000 pilgrims have already registered.  Over the four weeks, registrants will pray together from their phones, tab ..read more
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The Value of Science in the Age of CRISPR
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by Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.
2y ago
In 2002, John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the beginning of its plenary session with “The Cultural Values of Science.” Eighteen years later, the truth of his words still resonates: “By protecting its legitimate autonomy from economic and political pressures, by not giving in to the forces of consensus or to the quest for profit, by committing itself to selfless research aimed at truth and the common good, the scientific community can help the world’s peoples and serve them in ways no other structures can.” -Pope John Paul II [emphasis added]. Truly exciting advance ..read more
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Negative Near Death Experiences and Hell 
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by Magis Center
2y ago
Near death experiences (NDEs) have garnered a reputation of being blissful, other-worldly adventures complete with encounters with lost loved ones. While many NDEers do consider their close brushes with death to be positive, 1-2% report having negative near death experiences.  In this article, we’ll look at different types of negative near death experiences, common responses of people who experience a distressing NDE, and what negative NDE stories can teach us about hell. Plus, get access to additional print and video resources that will assist you in learning more about near death experi ..read more
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St. Augustine: Patron Saint of Geeks?
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by Dr. Robert Kurland
2y ago
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking. Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.” -St. Augustine of Hippo, “The Trinity” I, 8 As a science and math geek (1) I need a patron saint. After an internet search, I found the patron of science to be St. Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus) and ..read more
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Should You Trust Your Intuitions in Prayer? 
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by Magis Center
2y ago
Sometimes in prayer, we’ll have an intuition that something is wrong. But how much should our own intuitions play a role in discernment? It’s important to look at the insight and search whether it comes from God or from the Devil. This video explains how to determine where our intuitions come from, when to pay them heed, and a special prayer for enlightenment. Watch below! Have a question for Fr. Spitzer? Email SpitzersUniverse@EWTN.com. Read Also: Prayer for Interior Transformation: the Examen St. Ignatius on Overcoming Desolation 5 Steps to Finding God’s Will for Your Life The post Should Y ..read more
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