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Burial of unbaptized/ Role of deacon

Q. My son passed away recently at the age of 35. We held a memorial service for him since we could not have a funeral Mass. (He was not baptized as an infant -- which was my decision, of course, not … more

Follow-up on agoraphobia/ Grandparent as baptismal sponsor?

Q. I enjoy reading your columns in our diocesan newspaper. Recently you responded to a person who is concerned about missing Mass due to agoraphobia. (Editor's note: Agoraphobia is defined as an … more

Funeral Mass in funeral home?/ Overpopulation and Catholic teaching

Q. In certain parts of our country, they are allowed to have the Mass of Christian Burial at funeral homes. I think this is a wonderful idea, especially for small funerals. Who makes that decision or … more

Father Patrick Peyton and road to sainthood/ Pray for Judas Iscariot?

Q. A friend told me recently that the cause of Father Patrick Peyton had been sent to the Vatican for sainthood. Do you know how it stands and when he might be declared a saint? (I hope and pray that … more

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on … more

The Death of an Evangelical Titan

I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Billy Graham preach about twenty years ago in Cincinnati. At the time, Dr. Graham was around eighty years old and clearly in frail health. He came to the podium … more

“Lady Bird” and the Breakthrough of Grace

Greta Gerwig’s new film, Lady Bird, has taken the critics by storm. It is the most-reviewed movie in the history of the website Rotten Tomatoes to have sustained a 100% positive rating, and … more

How the “Star Wars” Franchise Lost Its Way

I fell sound asleep for about ten minutes during the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. This was not only because the narrative had wandered down a very tedious … more

Paul VI, Prophet

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae vitae. I won’t bore you with the details of the innumerable … more

Black Elk and the Need for Catechists

I write these words as the annual November meeting of the United States bishops comes to a close. We bishops discussed many significant matters—from racism and immigration to the liturgy … more

Eight questions about Lent answered

Q. Why can’t we eat meat on Fridays? A. This practice is one of the disciplines of Lent that has the goal of love and surrender to God. It requires a break in the normal routine of our day … more

Vogel: A few at a time

Headline: “Jesus cures cancer — millions saved!”   We may wish that such were the case, especially if we or our loved ones have been afflicted. We may even question, … more

Saucier: Sickness and separation

This meditation was originally published in the April 16, 2004, issue of The Catholic Missourian: By Mark Saucier   Something was wrong when I crawled under the covers with a sweatshirt … more

Pratt: Of love and Lent

Poor St. Valentine! Today’s commercializing of the holiday that bears his name overshadows the faith origins of the date and the saint’s sacrifice in the early centuries of the Church. … more

Howard: ‘On Seeing Two Brown Boys in a Catholic Church’

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The ‘Catholic’ Ten Commandments

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 … more

Saucier: Something funny going on

Satire uses humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose human folly. We don’t tend to think of the Bible as satire, but when it comes to the story of Jonah, you can check every … more

Vogel: The grace of listening

John the Baptist says, “Behold, the Lamb of God,” and they follow. Jesus says, “I will make you fishers of men,” and they go with Him. He preaches in the temple and with a word, even … more

Saucier: As is

My son bought the place “as is.” I quickly realized how limited my imagination was when it came to what that meant. There were a couple of old abandoned trucks accenting the lawn. Outbuildings … more

Nies: “Happy Peace!”

Evergreen garland, pastel ornaments, the Beach Boys’ “It’s the Little St. Nick” and Paul McCartney’s “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime.” These were downright jarring to me … more
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