May 22, 2014

The Most Important Thing You Will EVER Learn

I'll even spell it out:

Yes - YOU - reading this.
There is nothing He won't forgive a contrite Heart! 
His mercy knows no bounds and His Love for you is inexhaustible. Take His hand. +

#Christian #Jesus #Love #Catholic Mercy

EWTN : Country Music Legend Collin Raye
Shares His Conversion Story

Plus, Jason Evert’s New Book on St. John Paul,
Take a Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, & More

Irondale, AL – Gimme Five! Chastity Speaker Jason Evert is on the set of “Life on the Rock” with Co-Hosts Fr. Mark & Doug Barry to discuss his new book, “Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Great Loves.” Find out what Jason says are the five greatest devotions of the newly canonized St. John Paul when “Life on the Rock” airs at 9 p.m. ET, Friday, May 23—exclusively on #EWTN!  Title also available through @EWTN Religious Catalogue:
A faith that’s a “Raye” of sunshine! Former Southern Baptist and Country Music Legend Collin Raye shines a light on what made him seek out the Catholic Church, despite the allure of the wealth and fame that came from his successful musical career. You’ll be singing the praises of Host Marcus Grodi’s fantastic interview with Collin Raye about his “Journey Home” when this interview airs at 8 p.m. ET, Monday, May 26—exclusively on EWTN!  Find #EWTN near you by using
 Better grab your Catechism! Church historian Fr. Charles Connor is here with “EWTN Live” Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa to discuss his new EWTN series, “Grab Your Catechism,” which challenges Catholics to deepen their understanding of Church teachings. Don’t miss your behind-the-scenes look at this series when “EWTN Live” airs at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 21—exclusively on #EWTN! Find #EWTN near you by using
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it" (Mark 10:15). Physicist Dr. Anthony Rizzi believes that understanding modern physical science is pivotal to understanding God. In this one of a kind guide, designed specifically with middle school kids in mind, he makes it easier than ever for children to understand how we can find proof of God in the physical world. Join Host Doug Keck as he spotlights “A Kid’s Introduction to Physics (And Beyond)” when “EWTN Bookmark” airs at 9:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. ET, Sunday May 25—exclusively on #EWTN!  You can also find the book @EWTN Religious Catalogue: 
Though her name is now more commonly known as a popular resort destination, the life of Santa Barbara was hardly a paradise! As the daughter of a wealthy pagan, Barbara spent much of her life keeping her conversion to Christianity a secret from her father. After he uncovered her secret, she continued to practice her faith even after he threatened to have her executed. Witness this cinematic recreation of the life and martyrdom of one of the most courageous saints in early Church history when “Santa Barbara” airs at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 24—exclusively on #EWTN! Find #EWTN near you by using
Get ready to “chow” down! Fr. James Mallon and his furry friend Monsi explain how reading Scripture provides the nourishment we need to keep our souls healthy! So sit; stay—you’re in for a treat when “Dogmatic Theology” airs at 10 p.m.ET, Sunday, May 25—exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN on a channel near you: 
Embark on a holy pilgrimage without ever leaving home!  Traverse the Holy Land with Dianna von Glahn in her six-part miniseries as she tours from Mount Carmel to the Dead Sea and beyond! Journey with the “Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land” every day this week, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday May 25 through Friday, May 30—only on EWTN! Find EWTN on a channel near you:

In times of war, they bring hope: Follow in the footsteps of these soldiers of Christ as they devote their lives to administering the Sacraments to soldiers serving their country. See these courageous military chaplains risk their lives to remind those overseas that we’re “Never Far From Home.”  Airs 6 p.m. ET, Monday, May 26—exclusively on #EWTN! Find EWTN at

May 20, 2014

EWTN Travels to the Holy Land with Pope Francis!

Turn to EWTN for a Catholic Perspective On the Pope’s May 24-26 Trip to the Holy Land

Irondale, AL – This Memorial Day Weekend, join the EWTN Global Catholic Network as we travel to the Holy Land with Pope Francis! The journey begins Saturday, May 24 and continues through Monday, May 26.
“World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo will anchor the event with on-site commentary by Fr. Peter Vasko; Rome Correspondent Alan Holdren will report from the Holy Land for “EWTN News Nightly;” and EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis will not only provide EWTN Global Catholic Radio with exclusive reports from the Holy Land, but will also serve up some sure-to-be-memorable blogs with lots of photos for viewers to share!
Watch EWTN via television, radio, live stream, or your mobile device ( so you don’t miss a moment of the Pope’s historic pilgrimage!
The official motto of this Holy Land trip is “ut unum sint,” which is Latin for “that they may be one.” It’s a fitting choice for a trip that falls on the 50th Anniversary of the famous meeting between Pope Paul VI & Patriarch Athenagoras, then Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In addition to meeting with current Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the papal delegation will, for the first time, include a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim leader, who have been personal friends of the Pope since his days as Cardinal of Buenos Aires.
The Pope is also scheduled to pray with refugees and youth with disabilities and to meet with religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox faiths as well as heads of state and ordinary citizens from Jordan, Israel, and Palestine.
Expectations for this ecumenical trip are high and, if the past is prologue, we can expect a great deal of news. Instead of getting the secular media’s interpretation of events, watch it live on EWTN for a truly Catholic perspective!
For the latest updates on events and specials surrounding this event, please visit
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#Catholic #EWTN #PopeFrancis

Can I Choose to Sin and THEN Go to Confession?

In a word: no. 

Well, you shouldn't. It is part and parcel of "the sin of presumption" when we knowingly choose to sin and say that God must forgive us. This is grievous or "mortal" sin.

But of course - we CAN. God granted us the beautiful gift of "free will." As always we are free to send ourselves down the path of eternal perdition if we so choose. 

But don't take my word for it. Let's take it to the Bible (RSV):

A Psalm of David: 
"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression"

Numbers 15:30-31
"But the person who does anything with a high hand (deliberately) whether he is a native or a sojourner reviles the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off"

Deuteronomy 17:12-13
"The man who acts presumptuously,  by not obeying the Priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die; so you shall purge the evil from Israel. And the people shall hear, and fear, and shall not act presumptuously again."

And here is a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Vatican va Catechism #2091

I found a great resource for us all: an extensive examination of conscience and guide to reconciliation that breaks everything down. You can view of print the PDF file here: 
Father Robert Altier: Examination Of Conscience PDF

I leave you with a phenomenal teaching on confession from Franciscan Friar Father Isaac Mary Relyea. It is lengthy and in depth but RIVETING once you begin listening. I promise - you will be blown away! He is amazing and I suggest that if you can't listen all in one shot that you listen in segments. Be blessed!

#Catholic #MortalSin #Sin #FatherIsaacMaryRelyea #Reconciliation #SpiritualWarfare