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St. Jude: Faithful Servant and Friend of Jesus - Fr. William Saunders

Why is St. Jude the Apostle the one to whom we pray in time of hopeless causes?  Read more...

St. Michael: Guardian of the Church - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I have noticed that several parishes now recite the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. I remember when this was part of the old Mass. Could you explain where this devotion comes from and whether we should pray the prayer to St. Michael at Mass.  Read more...

St. Philip Neri - Father George W. Rutler

The feast of St. Philip Neri (1515 - 1595) falls this Monday, on the same day that the civil calendar memorializes those who gave their lives in the service of our country.   Read more...

St. Therese, Doctor of the Church - MICHAEL NOVAK

Therese really is a doctor of the Church. She really does teach, and no writer of theology you have ever read will carry you so unerringly to the living heart of the gospels, so limpidly and beautifully put.  Read more...

Staggering to Heaven - Patricia Treece

There are saints who sweep across the sky of their generation like blazing comets signaling the reality and glory of God. Others silently earn grace for a world blind to their presence. Matt Talbot, the friend of God whose life ended on a Dublin sidewalk on June 7, 1925, was one of those hidden holy. Matt Talbot may well become the Church’s first known alcoholic saint.  Read more...

Stations of the Cross - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, I am curious about how the devotion of the Stations of the Cross began. Could you please explain this?  Read more...

Stem Cell Research - Fr. William Saunders

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy over stem cell research. Even the late President Reagan’s son, Ron, gave a speech at the Democratic convention approving stem cell research. John Kerry recently has been giving speeches endorsing stem cell research. What do we, as Catholics, believe about this?  Read more...

Sterilization as Contraception - Fr. William Saunders

Our neighbors told us that their sons and wives (all of whom are Catholic and educated in Catholic elementary and high schools), each couple with two children apiece, don’t plan to have any more children and to make certain everyone recently had surgical procedures performed to prevent conception. The sons had vasectomies and their wives had their fallopian tubes sutured. Our friends think this is a form of birth control, and we agree with them. Has the Church addressed this matter?  Read more...

Sterilization: Why It Is Wrong - Fr. William Saunders

I recently saw the movie Cheaper by the Dozen. In it, the father, played by Steve Martin, states that he has had a vasectomy. This has caused some discussion among friends, especially because some people think that after 12 children one logically should have a vasectomy. Why does the Church teach that sterilization is wrong?  Read more...

Storing up treasures - Father George W. Rutler

Those who are in a position to do so are wise to consult an investment advisor, and at the start of Lent, it is not irreverent to say that the Lord himself is the best one.  Read more...

Submission to God - Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Every article of the Creed has been attacked by someone in recent years. The man or woman of faith who can live it in the face of hostile surroundings is truly following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ who was put to death for living and proclaiming the Good News of salvation.  Read more...

Suicide: Gravity and Responsibility - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What is the Church's teaching regarding suicide? I always thought suicide was a mortal sin, so how is it that a person can be buried in the Church?  Read more...

Support from Psychology for the Fatherhood of God - Paul Vitz

It is widely recognized today that the Christian concept of God as Father is under attack. Specifically, various religious writers, primarily feminists, have proposed that God should be called Mother, or possibly the androgynous Father/Mother or Mother/Father. In some instances the term God as Parent has been proposed. This paper will, however, explore the psychological case for the orthodox understanding of God as Father.  Read more...

Surgery That Destroys Bodily Integrity - Fr. William Saunders

Right after Christmas, the Post had a front-page article about a man who had a "sex change" operation. What moral teaching does the Church give on this subject?  Read more...

Symbols of the Office of Bishop - Fr. William Saunders

I was watching the installation of Archbishop McCarrick of Washington. I have always wondered why bishops wear what they do, meaning the mitre and staff. Where do these things come from?  Read more...

Taking Toddlers to Church: Actions Speak Louder Than Words! - Mary Ann Kuharski

A young couple who attends Mass with their four children every Sunday recently received a letter from an anonymous parishioner complaining about the distraction their little ones were causing during the liturgy. What a shame. Wasn't it Christ Himself who said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 19:14)?  Read more...

Teaching Parishioners to Pray - Deacon James Keating

Pope John Paul II exhorted the Church's pastors to make their parish communities places of deep prayer: "Your first duty as pastors is not projects and organizations but to lead your people to a deep intimacy with the Trinity."1  Read more...

Temperance: Harmony in the Soul - John Smillie

Homebrewing was known as the "essential hobby" during prohibition in the United States, which came about as a result of the enactment of a federal law known as the Volstead Enforcement Act in 1920.  Read more...

Ten Greek Words Every Catholic Should Know - Stephen Beale

It's hard to imagine Christianity without Greek. It's the language of the New Testament and our earliest creeds and doctrines.   Read more...

Thanksgiving - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently, I had an argument with a friend over whether Thanksgiving was a civil holiday or a religious holiday. What do you think?  Read more...

Thanksgiving After Holy Communion - Fr. Edwin Gordon

The dismissal prayer at Mass, Ite missa est, which is often translated as “Go, Mass is ended” or “Go to love and serve the Lord” is interpreted by the majority of the faithful as a command to leave the church as soon as possible. Inestimabile Donum, the document published by the Sacred Congregation with the authority of the Pope, emphasizes the importance of adoration and prayer after Holy Communion.  Read more...

That the blind may see - Father George William Rutler

Christ performed miracles, or "signs," to explain his approaching death and resurrection.  Read more...

The "Magnificat" Phenomenon - George Weigel

Go to any Catholic venue in the United States — parish church, retreat center, convent, rectory, high school, college chaplaincy, retirement community — and you'll find it. On at least one occasion I saw it in the front seat of a cab. What is "it?" It's "Magnificat", the monthly missal/prayer book that's an astonishing success story — and, just perhaps, a sign of real progress in the reform of the reform of the liturgy.  Read more...

The Age of Persecution - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

The Catholic Church has been persecuted in every period of her history. However, the first three centuries of the Christian era are commonly known as the Age of Persecution because they show how promptly and aggressively the Church's enemies came to fulfill Christ's prediction to His followers, "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."  Read more...

The Almighty Father - Kenneth Baker, S.J.

In the Creed the Church attaches two attributes to the heavenly Father. She says that the Father is “almighty” and that he is the “maker of heaven and earth”. Let us reflect a few moments on what it means to say that God the Father is “almighty”.  Read more...


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