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'The fire rages on'Barbara Thorp

Below are the prepared opening remarks Barbara Thorp gave at the "Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults" panel that took place in Dublin Aug. 24 during the World Meeting of Families. This is my ...

Following the MessiahScott Hahn

In today's Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we're asked to decide who Jesus truly is. Peter ...

St. Gregory and God's decisionFather Steve Grunow

St. Gregory the Great was born in Rome around the year 540 AD. He was the member of a privileged family and, as such, had many opportunities available to him. However, young Gregory eschewed all this ...

Is God calling you to serve him and his Church as a deacon?Deacon Christopher Connelly

How does one discern a call from God to a vocation in the Church? God calls all people to holiness. Within this call God calls each of us to a particular state in life. For some this particular call is ...

'Brother-sister' for civil marriageFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My sister married in the Catholic Church while very young. After a couple of years, that marriage fell apart and eventually she received an annulment from the Catholic tribunal. After a few years, ...

Hurricane seasonJaymie Stuart Wolfe

When we began to let friends in New England know that we had decided to move to New Orleans, one of the first things they asked us about was hurricanes. The conversation was generally one-sided and usually ...

Engaging young people in their faithSister Pat Boyle

As part of a summer project, I looked at different parish websites and talked to pastors about life in the collaboratives. What caught my attention is the number of parishes and collaboratives that ran ...

Support our priests who are always there for usKathryn McMillan

Ten years ago, I lost my mother who was my best friend in so many ways. The experience of losing a parent challenges us all in very different ways. For me, I wanted to find support in my parish. After ...

Dementia and the sacramentsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I bring holy Communion to a local nursing home. Of the 66 Catholics there, many of them have no visitors. Those with dementia are asked whether they would like to receive the Eucharist, and if they ...

Anchors in the StormFather Roger J. Landry

I have tried in recent columns to respond to some of the many questions that people have been asking about the scandals that began with the revelations about the predations of former Cardinal Theodore ...