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From Behind the Collar with the Richmond Diocese

Big prayer for vocations! Love and prayers go out to those who hear the call to the priesthood, to the religious life, or to lay married life. Praise God for the full hearts to hear His call!

It’s a great week for vocations (… it’s actually National Vocations Awareness Week): A friend recently told us about their call. Joel and Lisa over at The Practicing Catholic shared with us their journey of discernment before applying to be a Deaconate couple.

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Did you see Inception? How many times? Do you have a theory about the “ending?”
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I don’t own the rights of this SCREENSHOT

In a previous 7 Quick Takes, I praised my TOMS. I still adore them and my feet agree with me, so I’m contemplating buying this really cute pair that has a Baobab tree embroidered on them.

The best part about TOMS (as long as they’re honest about where the money goes) is that materialism helps people directly and immediately. Buy more shoes!

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Theology of the Body for Teens is a fantastic resource that I enjoy using when teaching the teens at my church. Just yesterday I discovered that Jason and Crystalina Everet, two of the text’s writers, are publishing a book for women titled, How to Find Your Soulmate: Without Losing Your Soul.

It is coming out this Spring! I’m on the list and I’m getting it immediately and sharing it with my sisters, blood sisters and Earth sisters…. I’m not a hippie.

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I don’t own the rights. The guy who does died a long time ago…

New Mexico residents may soon see outgoing Governor Bill Richardson pardon Billy the Kid. Yes, that Billy the Kid. Update: No they won’t, he decided against it. THAT’s how the west was won.

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This week in our Young Adult Club, we discussed something that is a big difference in beliefs between Catholics and Protestants. Many Protestant friends have said the following sentence, “We know that person is not going to heaven,” or “They are going to hell.”

This puts boundaries on God’s mercy and the Catholic teaching does not. Yes, Jesus tells us that the way to the Father is through Him, Jesus Christ. This means that the only way people get to God’s Kingdom of Heaven is through the mercy and forgiveness of Christ.

This does not necessarily mean that only people who believe in, worship, and seek forgiveness from Jesus while on Earth will go to heaven. If that was the case, it would contradict the verses that say those who never heard about Jesus are not responsible for not knowing Him (unfortunately, I walked out of the meeting without writing down the specific verses).

Therefore, a Muslim could go to heaven. An atheist could go to heaven. A bushman in New Guinea who had never heard of Jesus could go to heaven.

If that idea pisses you off: A) ask yourself why that would piss you off, B) take it up with the Big Guy because HE’S the one making that decision. It’s not for you to make. Sheesh.

UPDATE: The host of our meeting wrote me this morning with the verses for which I was searching! 
*John 15:22 and John 9:41 show how we are personally responsible without understanding
*Acts 10:4-6 and Acts 10:34-35 talk about Cornelious who knew God as a non-Christian
*”Catholicism teaches ‘Invincible Ignorance,’ meaning that we are invincible from that which we are ignorant. All know God (our soul and creation shouts of Him) and all must honestly seek truth. With truth comes freedom and resposibility to living it. I think the Catechism serves as a good reference as does this response from Catholic answers.”

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Once again, I listened to Patrick Madrid‘s radio show this week and a woman called in, asking about the connection between getting abortions and later suffering from breast cancer. There has also been a lot of research about the intersection of use of contraceptives, abortions, and cancer.

Patrick mentioned OneMoreSoul.com and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, two great resources you should check out to arm yourself for these discussions.
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