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Avoiding Embarrassing Situations Receiving Holy CommunionFather Roger J. Landry

I was recently making a retreat at a Monastery in the Catskills. At Sunday Mass, I was asked by the Chaplain to distribute the Precious Blood to the nuns and lay people in attendance. At one point there ...

Marijuana and moralityFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Many localities are in the process of decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What is the church's view? Is using pot recreationally the same thing morally as having a drink? Is it OK in ...

Charlottesville and America's Original SinBishop Robert Barron

I vividly remember my first visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was about twenty years ago, and I was on vacation with a good friend, who shared with me a passion for American history and for Thomas ...

Sunday ReflectionsScott Hahn

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today's First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in ...

St. Clare and the priority of ChristFather Steve Grunow

Saint Clare, whose feast the Church celebrates today, was born into a wealthy family in the year 1193. When she was eighteen years old, a charismatic wonderworker by the name of Francis came to preach ...

Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You?Deacon Christopher Connelly

God is calling each of us to serve one another in charity and love and Pope Francis speaks to this call constantly. For some there is a particular invitation to serve Christ and the Church in ordained ...

Refuse to baptize?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a priest refuse to christen a child born out of wedlock? (Mason Neck, Virginia) A. The answer -- which may not be the one you were expecting or wanted -- is, "It depends." Simply that the child's ...

High hopesJaymie Stuart Wolfe

In English, "hope" is a word much like "love." You can use it for just about everything. I can hope for good weather, hope to hear from a friend, hope to sell my house, hope the roast doesn't burn, and ...

Sinking fearScott Hahn

How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today's First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing ...

The secret to St. John Vianney's missionary priesthoodFather Steve Grunow

Today (August 4) the Church remembers the witness of St. John Vianney, the "Cure of Ars," who is the patron saint of parish priests. John Vianney was born in 1786, just two years before revolutionary ...