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For my brother's recovery

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:06:05 GMT

My parents are hopeful that my brother is recovering, but l don't want to take any chances. Please keep praying for him. If you will, please ask for the intercession of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Thank you very much. - Ben

Going home to see my sisters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:02:14 GMT

I have deeply appreciated the times where this community has held me up in prayer. I ask you know to please join me in prayer to our Provident God. I would like to go home between Christmas and New Year's to see my two older sisters, neither who are Catholic. I haven't seen them in over a year. Please pray with me that the Lord will provide the gas money and the turnpike toll money. I have a small car that gets good gas mileage, so that's a plus. I am going to stay with one sister and visit with my eldest sister. Please pray with me that I will be able to get home for a short visit. This has been weighing heavily on my heart. I miss Lisa and Jan a great deal. Thank you all so much for praying with me. O Infant of Prague, please hear my prayer! Blessings, Terry

Sacred Heart Rosary

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:45:41 GMT

Is there anything different about a Sacred Heart Rosary compared to other Rosaries? I found one I think is very nice but I wasn't sure if it's tied to some kind of devotion or if you just say a normal Rosary with it. Im a candidate looking to join the Church at Easter Lord willing and I'm not sure on some of this. Thank you

St. Ambrose Day: Romite Ambrosiane, Italy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:24:15 GMT

This cloistered community is indigenous to Italy and was founded in the 1400s. They had expanded to teaching at one point in their history, but after Vatican II, returned exclusively to the cloister. The word "Romite" is Italian for "hermit."

TIME Person of the Year for 2016 is President-elect Donald Trump

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:40:00 GMT

---Quote--- President-elect Donald Trump, the real estate businessman and political novice whose election campaign made the entire world take notice, has been selected as TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year. The magazine revealed its choice Wednesday on TODAY. ---End Quote---

Dec 7 - Anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor and Vigil of Mary's Feast

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:04:40 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, There is such an admixture of Sorrow and Joy on this date, especially for us in the USA. We have on one hand the anniversary of the attack on our fleet based at Pearl Harbor which ushered us into war, and we have the vigil of Mary's Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is under that title of her Immaculate Conception that Mary is the Patroness of these United States. Though, I was a young child I still remember that day -- not knowing what it all meant. I remember my older cousins serving in the Marines, the Army and the Navy. My brother was too young to serve in the Armed Forces, during the war, but later did follow my cousin into the Marine Corps. I remember a picture of Mary Immaculate in our house, and a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and all the prayers we prayed for the safety of our families. Gratefully, all my cousins were spared and returned home, but watching some of the news coverage of the terrible loss of life on Pearl Harbor (2400...

South Africa’s Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Allowing ‘Assisted Dying’

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:48:27 GMT Thank God the Court did not smuggle in euthanasia into our country's law via the back door.

Battling high blood pressure

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:08:50 GMT

I could use a prayer. Thank you!

Hour of Grace on December 8

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:20:32 GMT

Just a reminder, from 12 to 1 pm.

Near occasion of mortal sin?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:52:15 GMT

When does one commit the mortal sin of putting oneself in a near occasion of mortal sin? This is a really bad example but: Let's say that drinking 250ml of alcohol is a mortal sin, and I decide to put myself in the near occasion of sin by drinking only 245ml of alcohol but never consenting to the idea of drinking 250ml as it is a mortal sin. Would this be considered a mortal sin? As in, I'm aware of the situation I'm putting myself into, but convincing myself that it is not mortal as long as I will always resist the temptation and not yield to the actual mortal sin itself. However, does one commit a mortal sin through putting his or herself into this near occasion of sin, even making a firm resolution not to commit the actual mortal sin itself? (Drinking 250ml of alcohol) I understand that deliberately putting oneself into a near occasion of mortal sin is indeed mortally sinful. But what if through curiosity one decides to get into this near occasion of sin, but resolving...

Ghosts Question

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:46:51 GMT

Firstly, I thank CA and all of you for providing this opportunity to ask Catholic questions, esp as I do not have any immediate Catholic circle that I can ask these of, especially questions aout life, death and the hereafter I have recently lost both my (devoutly Catholic) parents at my relatively young age and both had a full requiem mass and Catholic burial. I miss them both dearly but as they both passed after receiving the full Last Rites, my sadness is for me rather than any fear for them. However, I have, at various points in the last three months felt their presence, or that they were with me, almost willing me on when I have been quite down. I do ask them to pray for me and for various intentions. I do not claim to have been haunted or anything like that, but I am wondering if there is any official Catholic guide on death, what happens after, spirits and whether we have some parental supervision when our parents leave us? I would appreciate any wise insights,...

Name of fallacy?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:46:03 GMT

A Catholic author was talking about reader bias in a book review. I am quoting the author from the video verbatim: "Somebody writes a book and the objection might be raised, 'Well but you know, he's a Catholic, or he's a Fundamentalist, so obviously he can't be objective where as I who am an agnostic am not biased', and of course it's such an obvious fallacy, but its a common one." I may sound dumb in asking, but what's the name of this type of fallacy?

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:42:35 GMT

Is it a sin for women to watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with their girl friends?

Motorcyclist Prayer

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:29:36 GMT

Hi, my husband wants a St. Christopher pendant for his motorcycle and he would like it engraved. We are not a "lovey dovey" couple so the things I came up with are not quite as serious/traditional/historical as he would like. Does anyone know a short quote I can have engraved on the back of his pendant (I think 30 or so characters)? I know the pope was/is a motorcycle rider, so if anyone knows something short and sweet Pope Benedict said that would be great. If not, he's Irish, so that will work too. I've been trying to think of my own for a year and nothing has just seemed to fit what he likes, so we haven't gotten one, but this time I'd like to surprise him and maybe one of you has a great quote! Thanks in advance! :)

The Holy Rosary

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:11:59 GMT

Hello friends, It's been years since I have last made a post. I sometimes get messages in my inbox from the website, but it slips my mind to return. Today I had wanted to talk to you about one of my first rosaries. My first rosary was actually a plastic one, and someone gave me an instructional booklet in order to learn how to pray it (because I am only converted for about 6 1/2 years now). I looked at the rosary, how pretty the beads were, and was awestruck about what it meant-- prayer to the Blessed Virgin. But the prayer looked daunting. I had trouble memorizing the prayers, and it seemed like it would take forever. So, a few years went by, and then I started the process to become a Roman Catholic. Almost immediately I decided to invest in a more valuable rosary: a solid sterling silver and real garnet rosary, with an inscription on the back which means something to my family, and it has become a motto. The inscription reads, "In God's Hands," because my grandpa, who was...

Attack on Pearl Harbor Predicted in 1924

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT

December 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I found this interesting story about a man in the U.S. military who predicted such an attack many years earlier but was ignored.

A proof or disproof for existence of God does not exist

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:15:54 GMT

I don't believe that any proof or disproof for existence of God exists. Why? There are arguments for these: (1) A person needs to be omniscient in order to prove that God exists since that is only God who is capable of understanding His essence. Hence a proof for existence of God does not exist and (2) A person has to be fool in order to disprove the existence of God as Bertrand Russell stated "If I were asked to prove that Zeus and Poseidon and Hera and the rest of the Olympians do not exist, I should be at a loss to find conclusive arguments."

Prayers for Maurice (12) from Berlin - Battling with Brain Tumor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:56:07 GMT

I just saw this yesterday on TV - a heartbreaking story. A 12-year-old boy named Maurice from Berlin was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor that could cost him his life. His parents are trying to raise money to bring him over to the USA for a special therapy that could save his life via crowdfunding. I urge all of you, in the name of charity, to join me in my novena to St Peregrine for his miraculous healing if it is God's will, to St Expedite so that his parents can raise the money swiftly, and to St Jude to save the life of the boy. I do not know this boy, but I was inspired to pray for him. :(

Marion processions this week?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:50:06 GMT

I live in a small town. The last couple days, a family has been doing a Marion procession down the highway. My Googlefu is weak today. I saw where there was an Our Lady of Guadalupe procession in LA Sunday (85th annual, started by Mexican religious refugees). The Fiest of the Imaculate Concepton in Thursday. But we did not know of any traditional processions between them (a novina?). Curious if anybody knows the tradition they are following? My wife thought perhaps we should join them-but I like to know in solidarity of what first... I suspect they do not attend our parish, we have a sizable group in our town who are part of other parashes for various reasons (Catholic School, CCD availability, mass languages, etc...and disagreeing with our priest :( )

For the conversion of Paul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:59:26 GMT

Please pray for Paul's conversion, continuous personal conversion, and into the Catholic Church, if it be God's will. Thank you.

RCIA and Baptism

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:54:07 GMT

If RCIA already started can I still start attending Church, and would it be possible to learn everything I need to know and be eligible for Baptism on Holy Saturday without taking the formal RCIA?

Where do I start?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:39:53 GMT

Let me preface this by saying I am very grateful to be standing where I am. That is, at the beginning of an amazing journey! I became a Christian on August 15th of this year and because of that experienced some huge personal breakthroughs, which I will not get in to here. Now I want a closer relationship with God, and I have found myself lead to the Catholic Church because I feel it provides me with the greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. I feel that this is very much on my path. So I have been researching and I picked a Church that is conveniently located between home, work and school, and I found out about RCIA and I haven't called yet but I intend to tomorrow morning. I realize that I could just wait and talk to someone on the phone in the morning but I'm anxious.. It looks like most RCIA courses begin in August. Can I attend Church even though I am not Initiated? If I go weekly between now and next August, will I need to do the RCIA, won't I have a lot of the...

Abortion rates / govt policies (revisited)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:09:16 GMT

There were a couple news articles some weeks ago about the falling abortion rate and that gave credit to Obama, et al but there were posts on CAF that disputed the statements. Anyone have a synopsis of the situation?

Story: Memory of the Hiroshima Bomb

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:07:51 GMT

A story about the atomic bomb that went off in Hiroshima and the Japanese woman who told it. see

Baptizing baby of lapsed-Catholics

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:02:28 GMT

My pastor said he recently baptized the child of lapsed-Catholics, now non-denominationals, whose current church doesn't have infant baptism. They have no intention to ever return to the Church. While I am all for baptizing babies, I am upset by this practice. What burden is placed on godparents of such a child? This practice seems to mock those of us converts who gave up so much to have access to the Sacraments. Is this permitted in the Church? Perhaps I am out of line here, not being a theologian.

Account: a Woman Tells How Her Two-Year Old's Heart Is Becoming a Place of Prayer

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:59:04 GMT

An entertaining story of her very young child's faith. see

Don't feel welcome...

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:21:19 GMT

So, I recently went to a big mass at a major church. There were no seats left so my husband convinced me it was okay to stand in front of a pillar towards the front of the church (though I knew deep down we might get yelled at). It turned out that it wasn't allowed because we got angry-whispered at by an usher and nastily scolded by a cop at the same time. It was very embarrassing and it made me realize something. I never feel welcome by the people I am around at church. I literally only go for Jesus. Yes, this is silly incident to get hurt over, but I see a trend. At my last parish in my hometown, the Priest had a weird attitude towards me. It was like a "she's just a silly girl that thinks she knows things about the church but doesn't" kind of attitude. And he kept moving up in the diocese too. He was very intellectual but not very down to earth. I can't count the number of times I tried to be friendly and was left hanging. And when it comes to lay people, the only catholics I have...

Marriage prep course recommendation (mixed-faith marriage)?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:14:43 GMT

There are various options for marriage prep courses in my diocese- I am curious if anyone has a personal favorite or has had an especially good experience with a particular course (either over a series of weeks or the weekend retreat format). My fiancé and I are considering completing an online marriage prep course (, although an in-person class or retreat might be possible also. I would personally like to do some form of marriage prep in a social context (classes or weekend retreat), although I would want my fiancé to feel comfortable/welcome and not like he was an outsider being pressured to convert to Catholicism on the spot (which will ultimately be a counterproductive form of evangelization). Has anyone participated in the marriage prep course called, "One in the Lord"? This was recommended by someone who said it was accessible to the non-Catholic person in the couple in terms of being inviting and...

Agreement on grace as a free gift of God.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:07:43 GMT

Recently I have been concerned about grace in Christianity, and have participated in discussions concerning it in CAF. At present I am studying recent work, especially by John Barclay, and it seems to me now that there is agreement among many Christian thinkers, whether Catholic or not. In summary Christians may agree that: 1 We are saved by the merits of Jesus Christ; 2 We can do nothing meritorious without grace; 3 Grace is a free gift from God unmerited on our part, especially initially;


Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:07:12 GMT

I have several posters who call themselves CHRISTIAN with no qaulifiers, no religion and no info about denomination. But I don't belive any one can honestly can do that. We all believe differently, so how can we all claim that we are all the same? I was raised in a sect that called themselves Christian only but really thinks they are the only Christians to exist. they call themselves 'undenominational'. What brought this to my mind was a thread about Nativity.The Undenonintial sect had no holidays. They said they could not do anything unless the bible ordered it.

Testing 4 reveal code & new post deletion

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:48:33 GMT

This is a test of the Emergency CAF System! LOL! No. Nothing. Found: Misc. Options Attach Files, and Thread subscription.

Morality of MP3 Talks

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:31:25 GMT

I sometimes do odd computer jobs. One of them is to take audio recordings (often just recorded lectures with no editing, sometimes edited talks), cut them up and burn them onto audio CDs. One of my customers is a very nice lady who is Catholic, but New Age-y. I have done jobs for her in the past of talks by Catholic speakers. I've also even sent her additional free talks from Catholic Answers, since we share some of the same Catholic interests. This time, she wants me to burn some MP3 talks given at a silent retreat by Fr. Carl Arico, apparently concerning centering prayer. As I understand it, centering prayer is not something we should be doing. I will definitely include some resources concerning the dangers of centering prayer along with the talks. However, my question is: Is it moral for me to burn these talks for her for pay, in spite of the spiritual dangers which may be present (concerning "centering prayer" and so on)? Also: Does the nature of this as a (nominally)...

If a valid baptism took place without godparents, are godparents required to be selected after the fact?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:27:32 GMT

Our son was critically ill when he was born and spent the first 10 months of his life in the NICU. For the first four months of his life it was very uncertain that he would survive. Given the severity of his condition, we had him baptized at two weeks of age in case he didn't make it home. This was done according to the standard form by a Catholic deacon in our son's NICU room. Due to the urgency of having the baptism performed sooner than later, and since the hospital where our son was born was out of state, we did not select godparents. I understand that given the emergent situation, performing the baptism without godparents was proper according to Code of Canon Law CIC 872. By God's mercy our son became well enough to go home, and we have now been home for several weeks. My question is this: since the baptism was valid, and because obviously a person can only be baptized once, is it necessary for us to select godparents after the fact in order for the baptism to be...

Defending when Christmas is celebrated

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:19:25 GMT

I come from a large family and have a sister who became a Jehovah's Witness after marrying one. She claims that Christians who celebrate Christmas on Dec 25 are inaccurate and that Christmas was founded near a pagan holiday (Winter Solstice) and Christmas trees have pagan roots, no pun intended. She claims that Jesus was most likely born in the spring. Her faith doesn't even celebrate Christmas and just calls it "December 25th". I especially feel sorry for her kids. For them it's just another day. I didn't know how to respond to her except to say that even if what she says is true, it is an historical fact that Jesus was born, lived, and was crucified and died to redeem mankind from sin. When we celebrate his birth is not important, but that the Church must have a good reason for doing celebrating it when it does. Just curious how Catholicism answers questions as why Christmas is celebrated on Dec 25 instead of some day in the spring. Also, if you have any other...

Most Powerful Organization/Corporation?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:01:14 GMT

Hello, I am currently voting the Roman Catholic Church and United States of America as the most powerful organizations ever created. It's military and the Churches that are often the most organized, self-serving and self-sufficient and has a high survival rate. In other words, they are great corporation. A corporation crafted from the hands of God. Throughout history, and even on modern day. What would you vote for the most organized, or organizations that have the highest potential and survival rate? Scientology currently is claiming to be the fastest growing religion.