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  • Do I need to be baptized?

    Mark Taylor, Layman|Sep 14, 2023

    As references I will be using the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church as resource material. What did Jesus say? Jesus said, “I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into Gods kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). At the ascension, Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Jesus commanded the apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. T...

  • The Holy Eucharist

    Mark Taylor|Jun 22, 2023

    Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence is the belief that Jesus Christ is literally, not symbolically, present in the Holy Eucharist: body, blood, soul and divinity. Why do we Catholics believe this? Because Jesus said so. Simple as that. Jesus does not deceive. It takes faith to accept this teaching of Jesus. “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one e...

  • The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

    Mark Taylor|Mar 30, 2023

    by Mark Taylor, Layman The Holy Rosary is a Gospel derived meditative prayer that can transform hearts and change lives. I have gathered several scripture passages/information on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary that focus on the Passion (suffering) of Christ offered to atone for our sins. Please join in meditating on these Sorrowful Mysteries. The Agony in the Garden: “Then Jesus went…to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go…and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,... Full story

  • Thou shalt not lie

    Mark Taylor, Layperson, Living Water Catholic Church|Dec 8, 2022

    Growing up in Montana, I remember in grade school that there are two items that you must never forget: don’t lie (“I give you my word”) and respect a person’s reputation (do not damage it). The Bible describes the seriousness of dishonesty. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. Lying is a sin that originates from the devil, Satan, who is “the father of all lies” (John 8:44). I reference the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) paragraph numbers as I find no better expla...


    Columnist Mark Taylor, Laypersonn Catholic Church

    The Biblical Rosary places us in meditation with Jesus and his Mother on various aspects of their lives. Praying the Rosary helps us to reflect briefly on the principal events of our redemption and the mysteries of salvation. This meditation can bring a positive effect on a person's daily life by encouraging humility, charity, obedience, patience, and forgiveness then lead to a conversion of heart by increasing one's faith, hope and charity. THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES: ANNUNCIATION: The angel Gabriel...