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What it hinges onJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Our kitchen cabinets are really beautiful. I can say that with no risk of arrogance because we didn't put them in. They were here when we bought our house in November 2000. The previous owners told us ...

Perfect OfferingScott Hahn

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today's First Reading. He tells us of the mission given ...

The Protestant Reformation: Positive aspectsFather Thomas Ryan, CSP

The Jan. 18-25 international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place this year as part of a big ecumenical lead-up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation next October. This will ...

VocationsSusan Abbott

Cardinal Sean asked that vocations to the diocesan priesthood be a priority in every local pastoral plan (LPP). From "Disciples in Mission" the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan: "The collaborative pastoral ...

Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 -- and BeyondFather Thomas Ryan, CSP

At it's annual Fall conference, taking place this year September 23-25 at the Candler School of Theology outside of Atlanta, Georgia, the North American Academy of Ecumenists focused on "Commemorating ...

The Captivating Sanctity of Fr. SalFather Roger J. Landry

The Church exists for the glorification of God and the sanctification of God's children, and so it's unsurprising that in the Church we will encounter those who by the radiant light of good works give ...

Cremation and burial at seaFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a lifelong Catholic and served 28 years in the Navy. As a junior officer, I saw the ashes or bodies of deceased sailors buried at sea; I decided at the time that this is what I want done with ...

A King to BeholdScott Hahn

The Epiphany of the Lord: Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 An "epiphany" is an appearance. In today's readings, with their rising stars, splendorous ...

Checking in with Phase II (Part 2)Susan Abbott

We ended the report of the Phase II Implementation meeting talking about the challenges collaboratives faced/ face as they implement the local pastoral plans (LPP) that were approved by Cardinal Sean ...

Another view on 'football priest'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am disturbed by a question you printed from an anonymous person requesting your thoughts on a retired priest who talks about the local sports team and concludes the liturgy with the words, "The Mass ...