How Would St. John Bosco Teach the Narcissistic Child?

Imagine for a moment that you’re a Catholic school teacher and you suddenly realize that all of your students have a very high value of themselves. And, upon realizing this fascinating phenomenon you also realize that the majority of yours students do not associate this high value with the image the carry as children of God....

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What Does the Catechism Really Say? Do I Need Formulas To Have Faith?

A common argument I hear quite often from fallen away i.e. non-practicing Catholics is as follows: “the Catholic Church is nothing more than a series of rituals and formulas aimed to make you fear God if you don’t follow them.”  When you ponder this argument it does hold some legitimacy. God did indeed leave us multiple...

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What Does the Catechism Really Say? St. Frances De Sales and the Devout Life

In his masterpiece: An Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Frances De Sales tells us that the first step necessary to enter a Devout Life is the purification of the soul. It is sad to see those who, finding their attempts after the devout life hindered by various infirmities, begin to grow uneasy, to fret and be disheartened,...

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What Does the Catechism Really Say? When God Speaks Do We Respond In Faith?

Many years ago, a wise priest once told me to “always be cautious of those who put on a false face.”  Those who put on a false face he said, “Typically lead a hypocritical life.” “Unfortunately” he said, “too many of them are present at Mass on Sunday.” While his statement can be argued for or against, you might...

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What Does the Catechism Really Say? Man’s Capacity to Know God

A gentleman once told me that the greatest gift he has is the ability to reason. It allows him as he put it; “to gain a sense of the world allowing me to dictate my own path.” The art of reason does in many ways allow man to reflect, analyze, and develop a train of thought and justify it based on his ability to reason. It is...

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