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Waiting at the altarJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most girls have thought about their weddings at least once or twice before they've met someone they'd ever think of marrying. In fact, a whole lot of us begin imagining our "dream weddings" long before ...

Critical keys to success -- Part ISister Pat Boyle

Everyone admits that doing the work of evangelization has made the work of priests, staffs and parishioners more challenging. The reason is that for many Catholics, living and acting like a disciple was ...

First and lastScott Hahn

The house of Israel is the vine of God -- who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord ...

Why Our Lady of Sorrows?Father Steve Grunow

The poet Wendell Berry reflects that "for parents, the only way is hard. We who give life give pain. There is no help. Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn the extremity of love..." In other ...

Blessed Stanley Francisco 'Aplas' RotherFather Roger Landry

This Saturday, September 23, in Oklahoma City, something historic and holy will be happening. Father Stanley Rother, the first native-born American priest martyr, will be beatified. In recent years, ...

Mass without singing?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Will we ever get the low Mass back? I miss its reverence and simplicity, when I could actually follow along with the priest instead of singing. I would especially appreciate a period of quiet after ...

Going off the railsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

It's easy to see the train going off the tracks. Many signs should have summoned the red lights. Alas, all too often a government policy seems a good idea at the time -- a bill covering prescription drugs ...

Pope issues changes on liturgy translationsMsgr. Liam Bergin

Pope Francis has issued a document on the translation of liturgical texts. The document, "Magnum principium," was issued on Sept. 9 and is to take effect from Oct. 1, 2017. In this two-page document ...

Catechetical Sunday 2017: 'Living as Missionary Disciples'Patrick Krisak

This fall, tens of thousands of children, young people, and adults in the archdiocese will resume participation in faith formation in their local parishes. Faith formation refers to the lifelong process ...

The debt we oweScott Hahn

Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today's First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done ...