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“The Sacraments of Christian Initiation”

“The sacraments of Christian Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.”

–Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1212

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“Through the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ. Now we carry this life ‘in earthen vessels' and it remains ‘hidden with Christ in God.' We are still in our ‘earthly tent', subject to suffering, illness and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.

The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.”

–Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1420 and 1421

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“Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ's disciples, a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. They confer the special graces needed for the life according to the Spirit during this life as pilgrims on the march toward the homeland.”

–Catechism of the Catholic Church #1533

“From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion.”

–Catechism of the Catholic Church #1229

(The following is the fourth in a series of talks by one of our staff relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life. To read the previous artlcles, click this link.)

β€œJesus prayed to teach us also that when our soul finds itself in desolation like his, we should seek consolation from heaven only in prayer to sustain us in the sacrifice .” –from Padre Pio: In My Own Words

Dear Friends;

This week I have found myself in a place of quiet solitude. I have tried all week to gather my thoughts to continue sharing my journey only to find myself getting nowhere. The words and thoughts just will not come. I have tried to force it, only to become frustrated in the process. Why is it so difficult this week? Why is the Holy Spirit not moving within me as in previous weeks? Isn't God hearing me, hearing my prayers?

In the quiet of my heart, I understood. This, too, has been part of my journey, learning to live in the desert times of life. God is quiet right now and I find myself in that place where, a year ago, in a similar circumstance, I felt as if I had fallen right back into the pit of despair, that my prayers were not being heard, and that once again, God had left me.

But, that was then. I've grown in my faith enough to understand that when these times come, and they will come to all of us seeking a relationship with Christ, we must press on knowing He is with us. We must continue to pray fervently. We will be tempted and tested as He was, but must continue to remain faithful. It is in these times that we are strengthened in spirit to continue the journey, never wavering from His plan for our lives. … Jesus, I trust in You.

β€œIt is a bitter thing to a soul who has once tasted how sweet is the Lord to be then cut off, or in any way withdrawn from the full enjoyment of that sweetness.” –Taken from Praying with Catherine of Siena

I would prefer not to be in the desert now that have have felt the love and joy of the Lord in my heart, but He is with me and I love Him. With eager longing, I wait.

God bless you,



  1. Congratulations on this news of God’s latest blessing on your family! With prayers for good health & happiness.

  2. You know, you can get a Ford 12 passenger van that is a few years old with a Triton V10…

  3. Then again, you don’t want to scare the kids…

  4. I love blogs, I really do. You find out lots of interesting information. For example, I just found out my brother and sister in laws are pregnant! I can’t believe I had to find out through a blog!

  5. Congratulations!
    I will pray for a priest to be born! We have good friends with 10 children. The two oldest (girls) have become nuns in a cloistered convenant!

    God Bless!

  6. Congratulations to you both. I’ll keep you all in my prayers for a safe and comfortable pregnancy and birth. Blessings!

  7. What a happy reason to need a new van!


  8. Congratulations! Big families are so beautiful! How I wish I could have one! πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations on the news of your newest blessing. May your mother’s advent be one of great peace and trust in Jesus. I have a very special devotion to the Divine Mercy Message: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! I also beleive in the power of the communion of saints.

    Two years ago, my husband and I learned that we were expecting Blessing #6, we had a sedan and a conversion van which accomodated 7….so we had an issue with adding another blessing, which meant a third car seat. So, I began to pray for the intercession of St. Rita (Saint of the Impossible) and any other saints willing to intercede! We told my husband’s parents that we were going to start looking into getting a larger van and his Dad said he’d keep his eyes open. Well, the very next Sunday, in my in-law’s parish bulletin was an announcement that the church was selling a 15 passenger van and would use the money to invest in a bus.

    To make a long story short, we now drive that very HOLY van from ALL SAINTS Catholic Church. It was exactly available in the price range we felt we could afford and was in excellent condition, only having been used for church related transportation. God is so merciful.

    Our family will pray for your family in this matter….maybe a 15 passenger is in your future too….to be filled with ALL the blessings the Lord has waiting for those who love Him. May God Bless You!

  10. Are you still looking for a van? Where are you located? We have a 12 passenger van we need to sell. Email me for details if you are interested.

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