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Priests and marriage preparationFather Roger J. Landry

One of the duties of parish priests is to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Many priests love this work. Others admit they find parts of it taxing. But almost all parish priests do it, dedicate ...

Approaching the Suicide Surge with Honesty and Resolve Father Roger J. Landry

When suicides happen, most respond with discretion and whispers. Because of shock, shame and a desire to avoid speaking ill of the dead, obituaries use euphemisms about unexpected deaths, and family members ...

The Abortion Exception to the Practice of DiscriminationFather Roger J. Landry

In most political and cultural circles, for decades, there has been much talk, passionate action and legal success in the fight against unjust discrimination. Persons are created equal in dignity and ...

The Euthanasia of Alfie Evans Father Roger J. Landry

Last Saturday, April 28, Alfie Evans died, twelve days short of his second birthday, at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. In his 720 days of extra-uterine life, he became the most well-known ...

Do Not Be Afraid of HolinessFather Roger J. Landry

Last week, Pope Francis published an apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world. Entitled Gaudete et Exsultate, "Rejoice and Be Glad," taken from Jesus' words from the Sermon on the ...

Celebrating God's Greatest Joy Father Roger J. Landry

As the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday on April 8, I am delighted that I will be in Rome. The last time I was in Rome for the Second Sunday of Easter was when I was a newly ordained priest. It ...

Daring to Make Holy Week the Holiest Week of Our YearFather Roger J. Landry

It's always a joy when I meet parishioners after Mass and they say, "See you next Sunday!" But there's one exception: on Palm Sunday. When the say it leaving Church with their blessed palms, part of ...

The Importance of Pilgrimages to the Holy Land Father Roger J. Landry

At the beginning of Lent, I was privileged to help lead a pilgrimage of 40 young adults to the Holy Land. The pilgrims came from the Leonine Forum, a wonderful program founded in 2013 in Washington DC ...