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Q: My wife is Catholic and I am Methodist. We were married 35 years ago in a Catholic church, and we raised our children as Catholic, including Catholic schools. We attend our Catholic parish … more
Q: Please settle a dispute I am having with a colleague. Our society's annual St. Patrick's dinner is normally held on a Friday during Lent. We therefore request a dispensation in order to serve … more
Q: Stephen Hawking died recently. As I understand it, Professor Hawking claimed to have proven that God does not exist. And yet the Pope met with him and recognized his studies; why would the pope do … more
Q: I met my husband 10 years ago, and he is a wonderful, supportive and good man. At the time, both of us had recently been divorced. Soon after, we were married in a civil ceremony. (We have a … more
I went to see “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. … more
There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: married life is morally and … more
        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more
Q. I’ve been reading about Pope Francis’ dislike of people using cellphones to take pictures during Mass. He believes that it is disrespectful to the real presence of Christ in the … more
How could we begin to imagine the endless depths of God’s mercy? Consider the following theoretical discussion: A 30th time, Jesus asked him, “Judas, son of Simon, do you love … more
It is easy to be all “Alleluia” and “He is Risen” when a vernal sun paints the land green and coaxes the daffodils to come out and play. When the garden craves its seed … more
Easter is a time of great joy, hope, and celebration, so why does the Church emphasize our sinfulness and great need for mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter, “Divine Mercy … more
I had forgotten the story until my dad reminded me. One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn’t sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the … more
Q. Recently I visited my home parish in Ohio (Diocese of Toledo). I was there to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Dec. 24. Before Mass, the regular priest announced that there would be a substitute … more
Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected Pope. What kind … more
Dear brothers and sisters:   In our continuing catechesis on the Mass, we now turn to its culminating moment in the rite of Holy Communion. The Lord’s gift of Himself at the Last … more
They told me that being a hope-filled person was important to my recovery.   I assured them I was. Why not? My life had worked out pretty well so far. But that was based on previous … more
The following is an encapsulization of a firsthand account of a mission experience by Allison Dethlefs: The darkness pressed in on me as I fumbled to shut off my alarm. I used to be … more
Grief comes in many forms: losing a valued heirloom, a job or a home filled with beautiful memories. The list of heartbreaks is unending. However, losing a loved one with a whole life ahead of … more
It began as an upset stomach, devolved into a blockage, and resulted in the removal of a mass from my colon.   God has a way of getting our attention. My first lesson was trust. I … more
We have known people who are persons of few words, but when they do speak, it is with gravity and those who hear their words pay attention.   In the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus, … more
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