A forum of Catholic Thought

Are relics 'macabre?'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic convert and support all the dogmas of the Church. But there is one practice that I must admit gives me pause -- the use of relics, preserving the body parts of deceased saints. I could ...

Do it for loveJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Lent's coming. You can hear it in the readings and the propers at Mass. Lent's coming. It's been the focus of every Catholic email blast and social media offer for the past month. Honestly, it isn't ...

Holy as GodScott Hahn

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? Jesus ...

Reviving a sense of mission in the AmazonFather Roger J. Landry

Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church. The "next Pope," Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio told his brother cardinals during their pre-conclave meetings in 2013, had ...

Extraordinary minister, annulment required?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ...

Affair of the heartScott Hahn

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that He has come not to abolish but to "fulfill" the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten ...

Candles and feast of PresentationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. We just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, but in our parish there was no blessing of candles. I am aware that in some other parishes, the faithful are permitted to bring their own ...

St. John Paul speaks againJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It's the stuff editorial dreams are made of -- a newly discovered, previously unpublished, readable book on a relevant topic written by a famous, beloved, holy, (and deceased) author. I wouldn't think ...

Light breaking forthScott Hahn

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world. As His disciples, we too are called to be "the light of the world," He tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4--4, 9; ...

FOCUS -- helping priests to be priestsFather David Barnes

This past week, I attended a conference in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Along with about 9,000 others, I enjoyed a powerful week-long experience ...