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A new day kindledJaymie Stuart Wolfe

If the events of Holy Week this year prove anything, it's that Humphrey Bogart was wrong when he uttered the line, "We'll always have Paris." Even something we've taken for granted for almost 900 years ...

Reefer Madness is back big timeKevin and Marilyn Ryan

We are all in the midst of a sophisticated campaign to change the minds of Americans and embrace the marijuana culture. Through relentless lobbying and the support of tax-hungry politicians, Americans' ...

Seeing and believingScott Hahn

Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today's Gospel tells us that Peter and John "saw and believed." What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that he ...

Going to Mass in pain?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a few weeks I will turn 65 years old. I have arthritis in most of my joints; in the early spring, when it's rainy and damp, the arthritic pain can be unbearable. Is it a sin to miss Sunday Mass, ...

Passion of the ChristScott Hahn

"What is written about Me is coming to fulfillment," Jesus says in today's Gospel (see Luke 22:37). Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when ...

My daughter and holy CommunionFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My daughter went away to college last year and now chooses not to attend Mass -- although there is a Catholic parish just a couple of miles from her school. When she comes home (every few months), ...

Remember to forgetJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Here we are, in the home stretch of Lent, a breath away from Holy Week. Every successive Sunday the readings push us forward -- closer to the culminating events that define us as Christians. Week by week, ...

Something newScott Hahn

The Liturgy this Lent has shown us the God of the Exodus. He is a mighty and gracious God, who out of faithfulness to His covenant has done "great things" for His people, as today's Psalm puts it. But ...

Earbuds at MassFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I are traditional Latin-rite Catholics who moved to central Virginia from an area that had numerous Catholic churches, where Masses with dignified, traditional music could always be found. ...

Found alive againScott Hahn

In today's First Reading, God forgives "the reproach" of the generations who grumbled against Him after the Exodus. On the threshold of the promised land, Israel can with a clean heart celebrate the Passover, ...