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Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

| Father Kenneth Doyle | May 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q. I am a freshman in high school. I believe in God and in the Christian way of life, but I do have a question. How does God influence our lives, and how can one have a closer relationship with him? I want to depend on God for the decisions I make in my life, but many people say that they can live independently, without God. I only want to know the truth.

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Share gifts, share the joy

Share gifts, share the joy

| Sharon Perkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother. It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

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Jesus shows how to remain in love when ability is tenuous

Jesus shows how to remain in love when ability is tenuous

| Jean Denton | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

This weekend’s Gospel proclaims: “Love one another as I love you,” and “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.”

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The more we know about temptation the better

The more we know about temptation the better

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

[In this column from April 9], we looked at one source of temptation many people encounter: the world. We read that the world can often be a source of real temptation. This is obvious to anyone who is paying attention.

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Jesus’ flock: not mindless sheep but beloved children

Jesus’ flock: not mindless sheep but beloved children

| Sharon Perkins | April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve heard people voice some common misconceptions about small-business owners: They don’t have to work hard because they have employees to do the work for them, they can take time off whenever they want, they can work fewer hours than their hirelings, and they can command a larger salary with impunity.

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Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

Why is the Passion read on Palm Sunday and is organ donation OK?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I have always wondered why we read the Passion during Palm Sunday services. Palm Sunday is a day of rejoicing and jubilation, as we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem amid throngs of cheering people.

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For inmates, belief precedes witness

For inmates, belief precedes witness

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week’s Gospel is the one in which the apostle Thomas famously doubts Jesus’ resurrection even though the latter suddenly appeared before him within a locked room. Thomas can’t quite believe his eyes. He needs to touch the wounds that would identify his master.

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Temptations are all around, so learn to deal with them

Temptations are all around, so learn to deal with them

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. What do you do when you are in bad temptation, and you seem to like the sin you are going to commit more than what is right?

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How do you pray the Rosary?

How do you pray the Rosary?

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Make the Sign of the Cross.
  • Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles’ Creed.
  • On the first bead, say an Our Father.
  • Say three Hail Marys on each of the next three beads.
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    How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

    | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

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    Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

    Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

    | Deacon Andrew Windschitl | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

    The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.

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    Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

    Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

    | Father Kenneth Doyle | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.

    Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.

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