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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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Is Nessa or Vanessa a Catholic name? Not to sure what you mean by a Catholic name. Names of children are normally based on language and are often originated from a particular demographically known region. There is no saint by the name of Vanessa or Nessa. Canon states that names foreign to Christianity are not to be given to infants. Can. 855 Parents, ...


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St. Catherine of Alexandria is very much a recognized saint by the Catholic Church. She was taken off the the General Liturgical Calendar in 1970 due to many legends surrounding her life. But she is very much still recognized as a saint. In fact she is still listed as such in the Roman Martyrology, the official catalogue of saints and blesseds recognized by ...


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There's no Catholic saint that I can find named "Nessa" or "Vanessa", and perhaps this is what your friends mean. But there's no requirement that a Catholic child be given a saint's name. The only thing Catholics are to keep in mind is that their child's name shouldn't be "Satan", or an obscenity, or the name of a non-Christian deity or something like that. ...


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The first precept of the Church is to go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days. Grave inconvenience can exempt one from observing a precept of the Church. Grave inconvenience is, according to Fr. Hardon, S.J., a sufficient reason to excuse a person from fulfilling certain positive precepts of the Church, not of themselves ...


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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday? A valid question to say the least, but the short answer seems to be simply: no. The Catholic Church has no such tradition from the Early Church or Church Fathers. The known Apocrypha are equally silent on this issue. The big problem with the Ancient Jews celebrating birthdays at the time of Christ is that the ...


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Receiving the Communion on the tongue or kneeling is never a legal reason for denying Communion. The instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum "On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist" of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments deals with this topic [bold by me]: In distributing ...


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Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell? The majority of mystics and saints who have had visions of Hell, believe that the majority of souls go to Hell. But this is neither absolute or known and is often based on their personal interpretation of their visions. The truth ...


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Can a Catholic be denied communion for the way they want to receive Communion? The short answer is no. Denying the faithful Holy Communion on the grounds solely on the grounds that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing, on the tongue or in the hands is not a legitimate reason for denial. [90.] “The faithful should receive ...


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The bible doesn't speak of a Messianic Age. The Jews do, also called the "Age to Come," the "Future Age," and the "World to Come"; and it included the judgement of mankind and the resurrection of the dead. Likewise, Catholics believe the 2nd Coming is the Last Day/ Judgement Day and it includes the resurrection of the dead. If there was an appropriate term ...


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From the link you gave: "In February, a report was sent to Cardinal Tisserant. It concluded that the Syrian rite was seen as foreign to many members of the community. The Cardinal referred to the Pope who gave permission to use the Latin rite with some parts of the mass in Hebrew (including the readings)." So, the Epistle and the Gospel (and the homily) ...


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Who was Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu? St. Raynerius was Benedictine monk. He served at Beaulieu, near Limoges, France and died in 967. His feast day is celebrated on February 22. The above information is about the most you will be able to glean off the internet. One source has this to add: Let me introduce you to the Blessed Rainer. Rainer’s cult ...


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What constitutes a valid reason for not attending the Eucharistic celebration at your local church on Sundays? First of all what does Canon Law say on this matter? On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to assist at Mass. They are also to abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, ...


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What are non-ordained lay person’s powers? Seeing that this is essentially quite a broad topic, this answer is being made into a community wiki response answer. Everyone who desires may add to the list. No one will receive points to this, not even myself. Lay persons may have the following ordinary privileges or positions within the Catholic Church: ...


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Most of the contradictions we perceive stem from a misunderstanding of the depths of the riches of God's goodness and his judgement along with a commensurate misunderstanding of our own fallenness. It is always dangerous for us to use ourselves and what good we think we are capable of as the standard against which we evaluate God. Paul Chernoch has given a ...


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According to ch. 6 of Brown, O.F.M.'s The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics, a compilation of the approved private "Revelations of St. Elizabeth of Schoenau, St. Bridget of Sweden, Ven. Mother Mary of Agreda and Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich," she married because her parents died and young girls' service in the Temple was not perpetual: WHEN MARY reached ...


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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles? 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as ...


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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass? I have noticed this practice either at the beginning of Mass or at the end of Mass in many different countries, at least since the late 1970s. It has almost become a local non-liturgical custom for some priests to speak off the cuff statements of this nature during the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. I have ...


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Was there a time when bishops were not appointed to other sees and did not generally ever relocate? The simple answer is yes. In the Early Church, the bishop of a diocese was chosen by the local clergy and not appointed to the diocese by the pope. Thus transfers to other articles sees was extremely rare, if not non-existent. It was however not unheard of ...


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I think it is correct to say that prior to the great schism there really weren't only two sides in exactly the sense you suggest. Dating to at least the time of the 1st Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, 325), those Churches which subscribed to the seven Ecumenical Councils were divided administratively into five (5) "Sees": Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, ...


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While I know nothing about how the Church perceived the stories concerning the Holy Grail (this answer claims that the Catholic Church has no official opinion), the answer is a solid no, simply because the Holy Grail was not invented by the Church in the first place. The first appearance of such thing as the Grail was in the romance Perceval, by Chretien de ...


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