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A Case for Priestly Celibacy

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

FR. BROOKE: Three steps to joy

        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more

Cellphone pictures in church? Left Church, wants to return

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

NIES: This is Divine Mercy

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

SAUCIER: Set apart from the gloom

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

LIFE ISSUES FORUM: Celebrating mercy during Easter

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

FANUCCI: How to hold doubt and grow faith

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

Three-Mass limit?/God present in prison

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

HOSFFMAN OSPINO: The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificate

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

Papal Audience, March 21, 2018

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

SAUCIER: Better than I could have hoped

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

Voices from the Vineyard: Standing in Bolivia

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

Hemrick: Words for the grief-stricken?

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

Saucier: Things too marvelous for me

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

Vogel: Hidden messages

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

Archbishop Wenski: Despair will not have the last word

In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shootings in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami wrote this spiritual reflection for Catholic News Service on how … more

Los retos de la cuaresma

Como la cuaresma marca los 40 días que Jesús ayunó en el desierto, todo el mundo trata sacrificar una comida o bebida, el chocolate o vaso de vino favorito, durante esta … more

El desdeñó de la vida, en la humanidad y en la naturaleza

Al reflexionar hoy día, vemos que, quizás más que nunca, la vida en todas sus dimensiones se encuentra amenazada.   Una guerra nuclear mataría millones en … more

La más maravillosa Navidad en Nuevo México

Cuando mis cinco hermanos y yo vivíamos en un rancho en Nuevo México durante la Gran Depresión, no creíamos en Santa Claus. Mis padres nunca nos dijeron que … more

Non-sacramental marriage

Q. Recently I read an article stating that the "Catholic" Ten Commandments are different from those given to Moses. According to this article, Catholics deleted the Second Commandment -- about no … more
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