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Welcome to the Catholic Wide Web according to me, Kathy Stocki. As I grow in my faith I am finding out about all the things I just don’t know, all of the ministries that other people are working on, the issues of the faith on personal and political levels, the beauty and the saving graces of the faith. So as I learn I will share that knowledge here.

A little about myself. I am a cradle Catholic, but was quite apathetic about the faith, then about 20 years ago I slowly began my faith journey. I didn’t even realize I was on the journey until about ten years ago. Then my mom got sick with cancer and a Catholic radio bumper sticker appeared about the same time. Catholic radio and Fr. Corapi have shown me the way home. (Yes, I know. Fr. Corapi…. but his catechism series was invaluable to me at the time.) Once I became somewhat stable in my faith life, God started me on another journey. One of physical healing. I was all messed up, but traditional medicine wasn’t helping me. So I began a “holistic” healing journey. Sadly, I found Catholic sites that have dissed all of holistic healing modalities as “new age”. I have now added another component to my journey, discovering what is and isn’t acceptable to a Catholic in search of “alternative” healing, because many of us have lost “faith” in the traditional medical culture. God created us to be wonderfully made, with the gift of healing. Natural healing is from God, we just need to sort out the mess and confusion!

p.s. I am doing my best to make sure that all of the Catholic websites that I link to are faithful to the Magesterium of the Catholic Church. But if I do end up linking to a site that is schismatic or otherwise against the Catholic Church or the Pope please let me know. Thanks again.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 11:19 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your blog — lots of superb information here. I will be back to read more. Thanks for your efforts which are valuable and very much appreciated. God bless

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      June 12, 2009 10:32 am

      Thank you. There are many Catholic websites hoping to get the attention of those that need faith formation. Let us all pray that they find their way here or to other good Catholic websites.

      • Dawn permalink
        July 15, 2009 11:35 pm

        I would like to point you to some good talks on Total Consecration. Go to the Maureen and Bill Hayes website, and listen to the talks by Father Martin Flum. They are incredibly powerful!

      • catholicwideweb permalink
        July 16, 2009 8:49 am

        thank you, i’ll look them up.

  2. June 15, 2009 1:19 am

    Please consider adding a link to The Pope’s Cologne to your website.
    It would help me.
    Thank you,
    Fred Hass

  3. Dawn permalink
    July 18, 2009 8:16 pm

    After you listen to them, please consider posting a link to them. I find them to be extraordinary!

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      July 18, 2009 9:28 pm

      i listened, very nice. i added a music link header. thank you.

  4. Dawn permalink
    July 18, 2009 9:34 pm

    You’re very welcome!

  5. phoenixoftexas permalink
    January 4, 2010 6:06 pm

    Thank you for this blog. I stumbled across it accidentally. Bless you.

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      January 4, 2010 10:10 pm

      why thank you, may God bless you too.

  6. April 19, 2010 11:07 am

    When your teaching year ends, please post a retrospective about what you learned this year, and what you anticipate for next year.

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      April 20, 2010 8:38 pm

      i will, thanks for the good idea.

  7. June 1, 2010 3:32 pm

    I’ve been writings as a Catholic systematic theologian for years on wordpress. I like your webpage, please do check me out. Thanks, William Holland

  8. January 14, 2011 1:45 am

    Hi….you might find this piece on egg donors and IVF interesting….

    • catholicwideweb permalink
      January 22, 2011 9:38 pm

      excellent post mary, thank you!

  9. David Roemer permalink
    June 25, 2015 6:52 am

    #Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.
    > Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    > Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    > And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the “passion of man,” not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are “traditional” alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer

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