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Easter Duty - Fr. William Saunders

My child is preparing for first penance. The Director of Religious Education at my parish said that a person only has to go to confession when he has a mortal sin. I know children that have not gone to confession since first penance. I was taught that a person had to make an "Easter duty" of going to confession and Holy Communion. What is correct?  Read more...

Edith Stein — Convert, Nun, Martyr - LAURA GARCIA

Most of Edith Stein's writing on women and women's vocation stems from the decade of her professional life between her conversion and her entrance into the Carmelite community at Cologne.  Read more...

Elijah - Fr. William Saunders

At daily Mass, recently, there was the story of Elijah and how he was taken up into heaven on a fiery chariot in a whirlwind. I am confused. Were not the gates of heaven closed after Adam and Eve sinned and not opened until our Lord made the sacrifice for our sins? How could Elijah go to heaven? If he did not go to heaven, where did he go?  Read more...

Embodiment - John F. Crosby

I began my last installment by saying that personalist philosophy can go astray in different ways, and I proceeded to show how in the contemporary world it commonly goes astray by becoming too individualistic. Now I want to begin the present installment by mentioning a deviant form of personalism that will come as a surprise to most of my readers: Personalism commonly goes astray by becoming too “spiritualistic.” What could I possibly mean by this?  Read more...

Empathy - Donald DeMarco

Experience may be the sharpest teacher. "One thorn of experience," the poet James Russell Lowell tells us, "is worth a whole wilderness of warning."  Read more...

Endurance - Donald DeMarco

She came into the world, according to her father, "kicking valiantly and crying obstreperously." Perhaps she had some premonition of the immense suffering she was destined to endure throughout the course of her life.  Read more...

Enter the Mystery: Pope John Paul II's Practical Insights for Greater Devotion - Edward P. Sri

In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the Holy Father offers several practical suggestions to help us enter more profoundly into the mysteries so that the Rosary can serve as an even greater source of guidance for our daily lives. Let's consider a few of those insights.  Read more...

Epiphany - Father George W. Rutler

The Twelve Days of Christmas end with the celebration of the visit of the Wise Men to the Holy Child.   Read more...

Ethical Treatment after Rape - Fr. William Saunders

While I fully agree with the Catholic Church' s teaching against abortion, what is the moral teaching regarding the rape of a woman and the treatment of rape?   Read more...

Eucharist, Holy Meal - Scott Hahn

We're going to be focusing on the very center of the faith this morning, and I feel so woefully inadequate because there is just so much to say about the Blessed Sacrament.  Read more...

Eucharistic Adoration: Another Dimension - Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

I would like to discuss an aspect of Eucharistic devotion which is probably not central to the thinking of many of our readers: the social meaning of Eucharistic adoration itself. What should the Eucharistic presence mean to believers in terms of their membership in the Church and, going even further, as members of the human family, the children of God?  Read more...

Eucharistic Fasting: Preparation and Penance - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently someone told me that a person is supposed to fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion. I honestly have never heard that before. Can you clear up this matter for me?  Read more...

Eulogies Foster Unreal Expectations - JAMES HITCHCOCK

The main problem with eulogies is that they have to be unreservedly positive — no one wants to hear anything critical about the deceased.  Read more...

Europe's Return to the Fathers - Father John Saward

The Fathers of the Church are the Fathers of Europe. In the first millennium, they gave our continent its Christian birth; at the dawn of the third Millennium, they can aid its re-birth.   Read more...

Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Would you please give an explanation of what the Church says about all forms of ordinary and extraordinary care which are required to be given in the case of patients in persistent vegetative states. Also, how the circumstances of the family come into play, that is financial resources, medical, age etc.  Read more...

Every day, Mother's Day - Father George Rutler

The best mothers teach us about our other mothers: the Blessed One who makes her Son our brother, and the Mystical One, into which we were baptized.   Read more...

Everyone is looking for Christ - Father George Rutler

After our Lord healed the mother of St. Peter, the apostles told him: "Everyone is looking for you" (Mark 1:37).   Read more...

Evidence favors Shroud of Turin as real thing - Mary Jo Anderson

Historic exhibition closes; carbon-14 confirms relics of St. Luke.  Read more...

Evolution Theory and Faith - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently, the Holy Father made a statement concerning evolution, and seemed to accept the theory. Please comment on that and how should we understand the creation account of Genesis and evolution?  Read more...

Examination of Conscience for Children - unknown

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Examination of Conscience on the Theological Virtues - Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

Father Hardon provides practical norms for making our daily examination of conscience.   Read more...

Excommunication: A Call to Grace - Fr. William Saunders

In January, I read in a Catholic magazine that seven women were excommunicated for trying to be ordained as priests. When is a person excommunicated and can he/she be forgiven?  Read more...

Exorcisms On the Rise - Paul Burnell

In a world where Satanists appear on prime-time TV, neo-pagan religions gather vast followings and tarot card readings are available in the newspapers, experts say it’s no surprise that the number of exorcisms worldwide is rising.  Read more...

Explaining an Annulment - FATHER WILLIAM SAUNDERS

A Protestant friend of mine had a question about annulments, and after my explanation, said, “Sounds like Catholic divorce.”  Read more...

Exploring the Beauty of the Mass - Fr. William Saunders

A person I know has left the Catholic Church and joined a non-denominational Church. One of her reasons is that every worship service is different, while at Mass we always do that same things. What is a good way to respond to her? Why is the Mass the way it is?  Read more...


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