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Summit reflection video for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time with Joel Stepanek
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There are many women who are a vital part of salvation history and their stories are critical parts of Sacred Scripture. This scriptural devotion will inspire young women to raise their heads along with Mary, Martha, Lydia, and Esther and look into the eyes of Jesus, the God who loves deeply and perfectly.
You are going to make thousands of decisions today and one of them might change your life. Are you confident that what you want and what God want are the same thing? Don’t leave it up to chance - leave it in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
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Jesus Himself claims to be God throughout the Gospels as well. Jesus asked the Jews, 'Do you say . . . ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏYou are blaspheming,' because I said, ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏI am the Son of God'?' (John 10:36). Calling yourself God when you are not is blasphemy, the worst kind of sin for the Jews. That's why the Jews wanted to put Him to death . . .
Catholics believe in the personal and final judgments because Christ told us we would be judged for all of our actions and that He, the Good Shepherd, would separate us like sheeps from goats, the good from the bad.
St. John of the Cross said, 'On the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.'
All of our actions here on earth matter because we believe that we were created to spend eternity with God. Therefore the things that we do and don't do have an effect on our souls. If we don't choose God on earth, how will we be ready (or willing) to spend eternity loving Him?
Catholics take care to honor and bury the dead because St. Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that God lives in our very bodies and therefore we should honor God with them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Honoring the body doesn't stop after the person has died.
Priests can forgive our sins because Jesus has given them that authority through the grace of Holy Orders. With that power, priests can hear and forgive our sins by acting through Christ.
Jesus gave the Church the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, to allow us to have an intimate conversation with our God through the priest. . . .
Just as in Marriage spouses give themselves fully to each other ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù spirit and body ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâ‰Ûù so a priest gives himself to the service of Christ for the Church. Imagine trying to give yourself fully to an entire parish and have a family to take care of! You'd have to make sure your family has food on the table and a roof over their heads and are spiritually and emotionally taken care of.
The YouCat describes a creed as a 'bried formula of faith that makes it possible for all believers to make a common profession' (YouCat 26).
The two most used creeds of the Catholic Church are the Nicene Creed and the Apostle’s Creed. In Mass, we pray the Nicene Creed, which was written during two of the great councils of the Church, Nicacea in 325 A.D. and Constantinople in 381 A.D. It's the Church's way of briefly summarizing the most important truths of the faith.
Clothes say something about what we think, what we value. They also influence how we behave and feel. Sunday is special, and God's House is special. Some things are really important, and our clothing and demeanor ought to reflect this truth.
The exterior reflects the interior, and God definitely deserves the best we have inside and out!
As we go through our sacramental preparation for Confirmation, Confirmation saints are chosen to be a person we want to be like, as well as someone who can pray for us from heaven.
Catholics are able to speak in tongues if they have been given the gift of tongues by the Holy Spirit.
“Tongues” is a kind of prayer that can either be vocalized or internal and it’s when a person is able to pray in a language that they do not know. Not all Catholics are given this gift, but that's okay. All Catholics receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. These are the important gifts that everyone needs to grow in holiness.
In the history of the church numerous Saints have been given the stigmata, the physical wounds of Christ, as an outward sign of how they are living their lives. Jesus told his disciples 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Luke 9:23) In order to become holy we must become like Christ, and this includes making sacrifices.