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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 ...

A Captivating Model of Marian Devotion and Christian CharityFather Roger J. Landry

The Church exists to make saints, to continue Jesus' mission to save us and bring us to eternal life. In the final analysis, we either become holy -- in this world or thanks to the merciful cleansing ...

Married Catholic priests?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been a Catholic since birth (over 50 years), but I am still learning things about my religion. Recently we were at a wedding in another city, and the priest who performed the ceremony told us ...

The Mysterious Church on the Edge of the WorldBishop Robert Barron

Even though I lived in France for three years while doing my doctoral studies, I never managed a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, the mysterious, mystical, and hauntingly photogenic abbey situated on a promontory ...

Discipleship Week bearing fruitJoan Lamar

''For me the discipleship tools were most helpful to me ... Being able to relate and communicate (about one's faith) is such a powerful and needed tool nowadays because people so quickly deem you a 'hater' ...

Friends are good for your healthAdam Johnson

While our social instincts may become less intense as we age, our friendships can have a significant impact on how we feel. In various studies, older adults who maintained active friendships were shown ...

Sunday Bible ReflectionsScott Hahn

High on the holy mountain in today's Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in His transfiguration. Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law ...