A forum of Catholic Thought

Winter on my mindJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I love October. The temperatures aren't quite so hot, but the sun still shines warm. The trees are ablaze with color, and the swirling wind carries stowaway leaves from the highest branches to the ground. ...

Are they finding what they want?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Sex has forever been a big seller. That's why in the media saturated world we live in, we are awash with sexual words and images. Today the radio is blaring news of the sex life of Harvey Weinstein, an ...

Caesar and the KingScott Hahn

The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today's Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect, God ...

Worship and evangelization on the waterfrontSusan Abbott

Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in the Seaport district of Boston was dedicated by Cardinal O'Malley on April 22. Six months in, it's time to see how things are going. Although the building is new, much ...

Saint Therese, Teacher and ThaumaturgaFather Roger Landry

Twenty years ago today was one of the most remarkable days of my life. It occurred during a phone call with my mother. And I would challenge those who doubt that miracles happen to provide a more plausible ...

Eulogies at Catholic funeralsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I recently attended a funeral Mass for a friend -- not at my own parish. The pastor informed the family of the deceased that there could be no eulogy given in church -- before, during or after the ...

Phase V pastor orientationSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On Oct. 3-5 the nine pastors of the Phase V collaboratives gathered for pastor orientation. Over the years, these sessions have been changed to better respond to the suggestions of the priests as to what ...

Dressing for the feastScott Hahn

Our Lord's parable in today's Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation ...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of LepantoFather Steve Grunow

Tomorrow (Oct.7) the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle. On October 7th, 1571 a fleet ...

Changing God's mind?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I'm confused about something and would be grateful for your help. Does prayer change God's mind? Can someone be moved to the head of the line if we pray hard enough? (Cuba, Missouri) A. To answer ...