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Living and speaking by Christ's higher standardFather Roger J. Landry

At the beginning of the Lenten season, at daily Mass, the Church has a heavy focus on Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount. That's not particularly surprising, insofar as Lent is intended to foster ...

Anxious as death draws nearFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was a fallen-away Catholic for 20 years, but I finally made it to confession. I had been unfaithful to my marriage, and my question is this: How can God forgive me for so much sin, and did I tell ...

Finding Saint Joseph Around the WorldMaureen Crowley Heil

To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled "With a Father's Heart". The Holy Father also declared ...

Bonds loosedScott Hahn

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week's First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test. The Church ...

Baptism during COVID?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy about five months ago. He has not been baptized yet, due to concerns around COVID-19. Our current plan is to wait until grandparents, godparents, ...

A long LentJaymie Stuart Wolfe

And so Lent begins, or rather, so it continues. For that is what this seemingly endless season of penance and deprivation feels like to most of us. A global pandemic, fires, hurricanes, winter storms, ...

Take Your Heart to the Missions this LentMaureen Crowley Heil

Regular readers know that I often make references to Haiti. Whether it is as part of a mission presentation in a school or parish, or thanking the people of Boston for their donations, Haiti never leaves ...

The new creationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence our baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of Baptism, Peter reminds us in today's Epistle. And ...

Paying attention to every wordFather Roger J. Landry

On Ash Wednesday, priests in the United States will be changing the way we finish the Collect or Opening Prayer at Mass. For nearly 50 years, we have prayed, "Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, ...

Reason for celibacyFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I recently came into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. I know that a hot-button topic in the Church is the question of whether there should be married priests. I have slowly come ...