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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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