Marty O'Bryan is currently enrolled at Aquinas Institute. She is studying towards a Master of Arts - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd degree. The most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, was preserved immune from all stain of original sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 124, #491) In the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Ineffabilis Deus, was the most protracted and controversial of all th... [Read More...]
Michael Durbin is V.P. and General Manager of Midwest Diversified Technologies, Inc., and has been a part-time graduate student at Aquinas Institute of Theology for the past four years. Michael delights in the awareness of our spiritual journey in life. This article will examine a spirituality of ministry in relationship to conversion and forgiveness, identifying the need to forgive oneself, forgive one’s family and community, and the need to forgive the institutional Church. Forgiveness is essential to understanding our ministerial role and revealing the needs and requirements of those aroun... [Read More...]
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Greg Heille, O.P., his cousin and her son: taking energy from an old growth tree in the forests of North Carolina On Good Friday and Holy Saturday, I attended the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at St Dominic Priory here in St Louis. Each year I am drawn into Frank Quinn’s beautiful antiphons for Holy Week, and each year there are some difficult antiphons that neither the cantors nor the assembly get quite right. In daily choral prayer, we miss notes and make mistakes and (now that Frank is in his grave) nobody really seems to mind: we simply press on. Th... [Read More...]
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Jerry is an ordained minister of American Baptist Churches USA, having served as Intentional Interim Minister in the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as well. Currently serving as Intentional Interim Minister at Friedens Peace United Church of Christ in New Melle, MO. 1999 Graduate of Aquinas with Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Semi-retired, writing, offering spiritual direction. I would really like to trade in my old narrative for a new model. Let me explain. I make bold to advance this trade-in option because of the early Christian comm... [Read More...]
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