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Catholic Questions - Death (3)
My co-workers husband died recently. I don't want to say the wrong thing. What should I do?
It is good that you want to do something. When someone has a loved one die, people often feel uncomfortable talking...
Celebrate Mary in May - Hail Mary
During the month of May, special focus is placed on devotions to the Virgin Mary.
Join us every Monday in May as we honour the Mother of our Lord Jesus. This collection of Marian reflections and prayers consists of a...
Imagine that the Pharisee and the tax collector have suddenly been transported to our time, have received degrees, and now teach at your child's school. Whose class would you choose for your child? The Pharisee would probably be an...
Catholic Questions - Priests
Don't priests miss having a family of their own?
When I was trying to decide whether or not I should be a priest, one of the hardest things for me to imagine was letting go of having a family...
It can be hard to give everything to God. Maybe you haven't forgiven yourself for something. Maybe you focus on the ways you don't measure up. These are all good reasons to spend a few moments in God...
Catholic Questions - Prayer (2)
When I try to pray, my mind jumps all around. Can you help?
You are not the only one who struggles with this! Though we might use different words to describe it, pretty much everyone has a mind that sometimes...
Did you dye eggs for Easter? Do you know that eggs are symbols of life and rebirth? "Rolling" them on laws recalls rolling aside the stone from Jesus' tomb. As a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, many families...
Catholic Questions - Death (2)
My wife died. Can I still talk with her?
When someone we love dies, the world is changed forever. We usually feel a mixture of emotions, including sadness that we can no longer see them or do many of the...
Jesus shared an uncomfortable historical truth: namely, that at two moments in history, God sent his prophets to others and not to his chosen people. It's right there in the Scriptures. But instead of taking these reminders to heart...
Catholic Questions - Holy Spirit
What is the Holy Spirit like?
When I was in school, I learned a lot about the Holy Spirit. For example, l learned that the Holy Spirit:
Is the third person in the Trinity
Was experienced in a powerful way...
Christ is Risen
Christ is Risen!!
For many years, Christians greeted each other this way all through the Easter season. "Christ is risen," one would say. Another would respond, "Christ has indeed risen. Alleluia!" What a beautiful, joyful thing to say! Why don...
Catholic Questions - Adam & Eve
Did Adam and Eve really exist? Is the Bible true?
Someone once gave us these words of wisdom: "Every story in the Bible is true; some of them even happened that way." What that means is that yes, every story...
A bowl that once belonged to my mother sits on a table in my living room. Look closely and you will see a crack down the middle, from years ago when a baseball made contact. I've been tempted to...
Catholic Questions - Anger
Is it a sin to get angry?
In the Bible, Jesus himself got angry, so anger itself is not a sin. Perhaps-as was true for Jesus-if we are angry at something that is unjust, our anger might help...
The great thing about signs - billboards ads, traffic signals, garage sale posters - is that they work hard to catch your eye with minimal effort from us. We give bonus points to signs that are clever or entertaining. So here comes...
Catholic Questions - Death
My grandmother dies last week. Was that God's idea? I ask because people say, "God never sends more than you can handle."
First, please accept my sympathy at your grandmother's death. When someone we love dies, the world...
We teach kids to forgive, but we adults sometimes need refresher courses. Here's a quick one: a real apology doesn't use passive aggressive statements like, "I'm sorry you feel that way." It avoids the word "but," as...
Catholic Questions - Prayer
My husband is out of work and we have been fighting. I am afraid of the way things are going and don't know how to pray. Can you help?
For everyone, life is sometimes sad and scary. It might...
Catholic Questions - Confession
When I go to Confession, I disguise my voice because I am embarrassed. What can I do?
Certainly it is appropriate to feel sorry for the wrong we've done and the good we've failed to do. But we...
Ever had one of those days when you're tired and spent and you fell like you want to hate everything? When you sob and weep and maybe even shake your fist at God? Remember, on those days, God is...