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Baptism and non-Catholic parents

Q. A friend of mine asked me recently to find out if the parish I was raised in would baptize her new baby. My friend is not a Catholic, so I was surprised that she asked me this. The priest at my parish ...



Racing Through Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Recently -- when it was still July -- a friend sent me a text from the supermarket with a photo of a Halloween candy display in the aisle. I expected that the Halloween blitz would be coming soon. Yet, ...

Moral courage and the many cultures of deathGeorge Weigel

CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it's been two years since I was last in Cracow, where, for three decades, I've done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable ...

Fostering liturgical communion, love, and reverenceFather Roger J. Landry

"Every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the priest and of His Body which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others," the Second Vatican Council's constitution on ...

Endurance testScott Hahn

The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. And when it does, ...

Uprooting the weeds in our spiritual lifeElise Italiano Ureneck

I recently became a first-time homeowner. After renting for nearly three decades, I have immediately recognized the blessings of this status change. For starters, my husband and I have the opportunity ...

One Family in Mission: An Attitude of GratitudeMaureen Crowley Heil

Throughout the year, our Mission Family gives thanks for many things. We are grateful to serve the people of God both here in the Archdiocese of Boston and throughout the mission world. Mostly, we are ...

Catholics of northern Maine petition for a churchThomas Lester

In the papers of Bishop Benedict Fenwick is a petition from Catholics of the Madawaska Plantation, along the St. John River, which forms the border with Canada. The petition was the result of an April ...

Attacking life and choiceRichard Doerflinger

Congress is heading for a collision on the Hyde amendment, and the stakes could not be higher. This amendment to bills appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named ...