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~Doctrinal, Instructional and Biblical Presentations~

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~Familiaris Consortio~

Holy Hill Cross Website presents the complete version of Pope John Paul's apostolic letter entitled: Familiaris Consortio (On  the Family Association)

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~The Lord and Giver of Life~

Holy Hill Cross Website presents an abridgement of Pope John Paul's apostolic letter on the Holy Spirit of the Most Holy Trinity entitled: Dominum et Vivificantem (Lord and Giver of Life).  This encyclical was released on Sunday, May 18,1986, the feast of Pentecost.  A great number of the people of God, including Catholics and non-Catholics alike, realize very little about the Presence of God on earth as God's Holy Spirit.  In this apostolic letter, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit has assumed the work of Christ in the ongoing Redemption of man. Jesus has told Nancy Fowler:       

"Trust the Holy Spirit as you trust Me."

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~Faith and Reason~

Holy Hill Cross Website presents the complete version of Pope John Paul's apostolic letter on the relationship between faith and reason entitled: Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason).  This encyclical was released on September 14, 1998, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.   The importance of the impact of relativism and other rationalizations upon our Christian faith is stressed.  This widely-read encyclical is a profound tool of education for understanding the roles of philosophy, metaphysics, Sacred Scripture and reason in the construction of Christian thought.  Everyone who teaches or preaches Christianity will discover its invaluable insights.

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~The Rosary of the Virgin Mary~

The acclaimed 2002 Papal letter on the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae).  A multi-dimensional treatment of this beloved devotion on the life of Christ 'in the school of Mary'. 

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~The Church and the Eucharist~

This long-awaited Papal letter is on the relationship of the Body and Blood of Christ to the Church (Ecclesia de Eucharistia).  Its span covers salvation and the Church's relationship to Mary.  John Paul II tells us about Mary as Mother of God, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church and Mother of the Eucharist.

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~That They May Be One~

This letter "Ut Unum Sint"---"That They May Be One"  addresses the divisions within Christianity---a scandal to the world---and the progress of ecumenism.  It gives Christians hope for unity within the Church.

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~The Gospel of Life~

This Papal letter, The Gospel of Life, Evangelium Vitae, promulgated in 1995 by Pope John Paul II, is the key to understanding the evils of abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and artificial birth control.  Never before has it been so critical for the societies of the world to comprehend and eradicate these intrinsic evils from the earth.  If not, they stand to eradicate humanity from the earth.

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~The Splendor of Truth~

Written and promulgated in 1993, The Splendor of Truth, Veritatis Splendor is considered by many Roman Catholics to be the "capstone" of the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II.  Also considered to be the benchmark of moral theses, the letter gives a history of the sources of Catholic Christian morality and examines and refutes the popular moral philosophies of the day which entice modern civilization into embracing atheistic secularism.

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~Guardian of the Redeemer~

Promulgated on August 15, 1989, this enlightening letter written by Pope John Paul II highlights the life of Saint Joseph, the most beloved saint of the Church, after Mary, the Mother of God.  The closeness of the faithful to Saint Joseph is well understood in this biblical and theological portrayal of the common man of Nazareth who was chosen by God the Father from all eternity to become the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Almost exclusively portrayed in art as cradling the Divine Infant Jesus, Saint Joseph is  regarded with both a  great reverence and a holy envy by the Christian faithful of the world.

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~Mother of the Redeemer~

Promulgated in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on March 25, 1987, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in the ninth year of his Pontificate, John Paul II presented to the world the definitive treatise on Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer. In "Redemptoris Mater", one has to look no further for an understanding of the relationship between Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer.

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~The Redeemer of Man~

Given in 1979, The Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis) is the first encyclical of the newly-elected Pope John Paul II.  In it, he lays out the mission of the Church within the years of his papacy.  Acute insight into the relationship of Christ's mission with the Church's mission is evident.  A brief examination of the role of Mary, Mother of God in the Church is presented.

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~Light of the Nations~

Promulgated in Rome at Saint Peter's on November 21, 1964, at the close of Vatican Council II, LUMEN GENTIUM ("The Light of the Nations") is the dogmatic constitution of the Roman Catholic Church.  With 304 quotations to Sacred Scripture---actually listed in the text---LUMEN GENTIUM shows that this 'mission statement' of the Catholic Church is truly faithful to the Word of God. 

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~Redemptionis Sacramentum~

A special instruction released by The Congregation for Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect, on the 25th of March of 2004, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.  It addresses Eucharistic and liturgical abuses in the Catholic Church.  A must-read for Catholics.  A most interesting read for non-Catholics.

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~At Georgetown University~

Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect, Congregation for Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, gives the 2003 commencement address at Georgetown University.  He invited all graduates  to  "allow serious religion to lead you to lasting joy."                                

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~At Christendom College~

Francis Cardinal Arinze makes pertinent remarks concerning the Liturgy of the Mass at a keynote address at Christendom College on July 17, 2004.  The event was the summer institute on "Confronting the Culture of Death: John Paul II's Prophetic Vision for the Renewal of Christian Culture".

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~Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion~

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith released the letter: "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles" on July 3, 2004.  It stipulates much needed requirements on the reception of the Most Holy Eucharist by  Roman Catholic politicians and faithful. 

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 ~Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church~

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of the Holy See has published one of his latest letters to the faithful.  In it, the roles of men and women in the Church and the world are examined in the light of tradition.  Pseudo-social movements such as "women's liberation" are refuted in the light of ageless Christian tradition.

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~Spe Salvi~

Pope Benedict XVI's remarkable Encyclical Letter, "Spe Salvi", Saved in Hope is presented. It is a much-needed counsel of the Holy Spirit in these times which appear hopeless. We are reassured that what has been revealed will not pass away and is always here, with the Holy Spirit, to comfort us.

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Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclical Letter, "Deus Caritas Est", God is Love is presented. Much-needed and well-respected clarification of "Who" God really is.

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~On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good~

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis, on the 2004 feast of St. Therese of Liseaux, published a pastoral letter to his flock.  It is a brilliant, comprehensive work that reflects current  Vatican and U.S.C.C.B. publications on the subject of Catholic public morality.  A must read.

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~Catholics in Public Life~

In response to Cardinal Ratzinger's above instruction, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an instruction on "Catholics in Public Life" to U.S. Bishops, priests and Catholic faithful.  The instruction is followed by individually- published comments by a number of U.S. Bishops.

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~A Joint Statement on the Reception of Holy Communion~

In August, 2004, the Archbishop of Atlanta, John F. Donoghue, Bishop Robert J. Baker of Charleston, S.C. and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, N.C. issued a joint statement on the proper preparation of the faithful for the reception of the Most Holy Eucharist.  Much-needed restrictions are enumerated. The emphasis is on our ultimate respect for Jesus Christ in His greatest gift to mankind: His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

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With God, to exist is to understand.  With us---it takes a lifetime.  With the Christian Faith being diluted today by liberalism and secularism, all Christians----Catholics and non-Catholics alike----must seek the truths of their faith; for therein the future of their spiritual welfare and salvation depends. These presentations are usually doctrinal  or biblical in nature.  Church-approved private revelations are included.  The following presentations are currently posted on YOUR FAITH:

1.  A dissertation on Marian theology entitled:  The Immaculate Conception and Other Truths of Mary     

2. A study in the area of private revelation entitled:  The Eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

3. A report from the Vatican: The Third Secret of Fatima

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~Doctrine and Devotion~

A brief clarification on the Most Holy Eucharist, with orientation, theology and meaning.  Poignantly apologetic to the Roman Catholic defense of the Eucharist. Followed by a beautiful prayer to Our Eucharistic Jesus.

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1.  When you read your Bible consistently, you will eventually, in a spiritual sense, become the words.  This is why the  translation is so important.  This Web page is presented to illustrate some differences in different translations of the Bible and how they affect the interpretation of, and respect for, the Truth of the Bible.  Read translation comparisons of:  Matthew 1:25 and  Colossians 1:24

2.  An essay on German papyrologist Carsten Thiede and how he dated a shred of parchment earlier than the Dead Sea Scrolls and theorized correctly that, indeed, the Gospels were written by the original evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John---contrary to what is being proselytized in various modern rationalizations.  Read:  "Eyewitness to Jesus"

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Learn about the evolution of the Roman Catholic Holy Mass from the Vatican II Ecumenical Council Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, and the Council Actions that founded the Novus Ordo Mass.   You are encouraged to first read Council Actions: Foundation of the Novus Ordo before reading Vatican II and the Mass and the Latin Rite Mass, as you will more easily understand what has transpired in the evolution of the Mass since Vatican II.

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Chapter III of Lumin Gentium, the dogmatic Constitution of the Church, is presented.  Learn about the organizational structure of the Catholic Church and the responsibilities of Bishops and priests as promulgated by Pope Paul VI in the Vatican II Ecumenical Council .

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A brief dissertation, grounded in the New Testament, establishing the centralized authority of the twelve apostles of Jesus in the new Church.  Included is the rite of the laying-on of hands and the role it plays in administering the gifts of the Holy Spirit in ordaining presbyters (ministers/elders) and consecrating bishops. The See of Peter is presented in the light of some of the early Church fathers.

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Heresy is a false belief pronounced by an authentic member of the Universal Christian Church of Jesus Christ; Catholic or Protestant. Heresy is not supported by Sacred Scripture or the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Heresy offends the Truth and all authentic Christians. Heresy offends Jesus Christ and Mary, His Mother.

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The 2008 working document of the definitive exhortation on the activity of the Word of God in the Church.

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