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Rich in PovertyScott Hahn

The blessings and woes we hear in today's Gospel mark the perfection of all the wisdom of the Old Testament. That wisdom is summed up with marvelous symmetry in today's First Reading and Psalm: Each ...

Children can be saints!Father Edward M. Riley

Just about every day of the year, Catholics have the privilege to celebrate the prayers of a saint or two or three or more. Although not all of the saints are found on the liturgical calendar of a local ...

The life-changing work of the Catholic AppealArlene Dubrowski

All of us want to change the world; often that change begins in our own backyards. Last Sunday, Jesus asked us to take a stand for something greater than ourselves. I believe supporting the life-changing ...

Funeral Mass on Sunday?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently a funeral Mass was offered on a Sunday afternoon in our parish for a longtime parishioner. I believe I remember as a child being taught by the sisters in our Catholic school that funerals ...

Just a bit widerJaymie Stuart Wolfe

You can't win a game that's never played. Maybe that's the life lesson New Orleans Saints fans have learned in recent days better than most. Whether you've been "robbed" or simply failed to advance, there's ...

Into the DeepScott Hahn

Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke's Gospel. His calling resembles Isaiah's commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, ...

The Memorial of St. AgathaFather Steve Grunow

On February 5, the Church remembers the witness of Saint Agatha, who was killed because she would not deny her faith in Christ during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius (around 251 AD). Biographical ...

Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common GoodFather Roger Landry

Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy's annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully ...

How excommunication worksFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. From what we are seeing on social media here in New York state, there seems to be some misunderstanding about what excommunication is and how it happens. Does the pope excommunicate someone, or can ...

Prophet to the NationsScott Hahn

God's words in today's First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a "prophet to the nations" (see Luke 1:31--33). Like the prophets ...