Pentecost in Sinai and Jerusalem 

Some lesser known facts and reflections on the Feast of Pentecost

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By Charles Johnston:

The story of Pentecost is well known, but like every story in the Bible there is more here than meets the eye.

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Question; Israel & The Fig Tree

Fra Angelico

Full Question: I’ve always been told that the state of Israel being re-established in 1948 fulfilled scripture and that the end of the world was guaranteed within a generation. Now it’s 70 years later and we’re still here. Is this the right way to read this? Continue reading “Question; Israel & The Fig Tree”

Padre Pio Podcast

Padre Pio was born to be a saint, from his early life, all the way through to his death, he lived a life of sanctity and service to God.

But then again, we are all born to be saints. Personal sanctification, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is what every baptized Christian is called to.

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My Journey Home

Re-Sharing my conversion story. To read more stories like this, go to ChNetwork.org

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By Charles Johnston:

I’ve been asked many times about my conversion, what made me dissatisfied with the status quo in the churches I attended, what convinced me that the claims the Catholic Church made were true, what was the final “push” to jump into the current and swim the Tiber river?

I’ve answered each one to whoever asked, but I’ve never sat down and gave a “defense for the hope that is in me” (1 Peter 3:15), until now.

If you are interested in hearing the whole story, you can find it on the website for the Coming Home Network at this link Conversion Story

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The Mass: The Liturgy of The Eucharist II

By Charles Johnston:

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Eucharistic prayer itself has several variations; Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon), Eucharistic Prayer II, Eucharistic Prayer III, and Eucharistic Prayer IV, all having their own preface. But even with this wide variety of options presented to the presiding priest, there are commonalities between all four options. For this reason, we will focus less on the words of the Eucharistic prayers themselves, and more on the common elements of the prayers. Continue reading “The Mass: The Liturgy of The Eucharist II”

Grow In Faith

With all the new Catholics from last week’s Easter Vigil, and even lifelong Catholics, it’s good to remember the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas “If a Christian is not growing, he is dead. There is no stagnation in Christ.”
Don’t rest on your laurels, but “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”(2 Peter 3:18)

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By Charles Johnston:

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

2 Peter 3:18

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The Seven Last Words of Christ

By Charles Johnston:

I love this traditional meditation, between this and stations of the cross, there’s no better way (in my opinion) to really enter in to the passion of Christ; to meditate and be with Jesus in His last hours.

Bishop Barron conducted a Tre Ore service at Saint Patrick’s cathedral a few years ago, and I would recommend anyone to take the time and listen to it, It’s available on CD on his website, but for those of us that don’t have a couple hours to spare, I wrote down my own 1minute meditation version. Continue reading “The Seven Last Words of Christ”