Catholics believe in indulgences because ultimately we know we’re all sinners and need God’s mercy. When a person commits a sin, there are two kinds of punishments that they have to deal with as a result of that sin. The first is called “eternal punishment” which means the sinner can’t enter heaven because of a grave sin that is not repented from. Through Christ’s sacrifice we don’t have to suffer eternal punishment if we repent. The second kind of punishment is called “temporal punishment” and every sin we commit carries a temporal punishment with it.
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Catholics genuflect in Church in order to show our reverence to the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Genuflection is defined as “A reverence made by bending the knee, especially to express adoration of the Blessed Sacrament” (CCC 1378). As we walk into the house of God, a Church, we show our adoration for Him by kneeing before Him.
Catholics have 40 days of Lent because Jesus went into the desert for 40 days. 40 is a significant number in the Old Testament too. It rained for 40 days when Noah was in the ark. (Genesis 7:12) Moses was on Sinai for 40 days receiving the Ten Commandments and the law from God. (Exodus 34: 28 – 29) The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years after they were freed from bondage in Egypt and were heading for the “promised land.” (Joshua 5:6) The prophet Elijah did a 40 day Read more [...]
When we skip Mass on Sunday, we are violating our covenant with God. We are saying to God, “I don’t need to be united to you. I don’t need to worship you.” It may seem innocent, but we are actually declining His marriage proposal. We are not showing up for our own wedding.
When we make a decision to deny His invitation to covenant we are saying we don’t want a relationship with Him. Because our God loves us and is a gentleman, he allows us to do this.
However, it’s a grave sin to miss Mass.
Why is it that Christmas and Easter are the only two times during the year that you have to leave for church an hour early to get a seat? It’s sad but true. What is even sadder is the reaction that regular Mass-goers give on Easter and Christmas to others who don’t come the rest of the year.
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We dug into our Life Teen video archives and pulled out this video on the Apostle’s creed. Give it a watch!
Q: In the part of the Mass when the priest says something along the lines of, “When I say the word, I shall be healed.” What “word” are they referring to?
A: Actually the priest is praying for God’s grace and mercy.
My suggestion to you is follow the example of the Holy Father and listen to your Bishop.
And now for the real answer.
That is that you can be married outside as long as the priest who is doing the ceremony gets permission from his Bishop.
It is certain the choice of anyone to disagree with the personal teachings of the Church, but let me just say this…why?
There’s a new Missal coming out. Not like the kind of missile that supervillians try to shoot into space – a new Roman Missal, which is basically the instruction book for the Mass. Starting sometime next year, the USCCB (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) will implement a new translation of what we say and hear at Mass. Maybe it’s just because I’m a Church nerd, but I’m unbelievably excited about this. All the changes are available to look at online (http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal), Read more [...]
Olivia, Fr. J, and Matt Smith help explain why the Church says the Eucharist is a Catholic-only thing.