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When sin makes us ‘unclean,’ confession can heal

When sin makes us ‘unclean,’ confession can heal

| Jeff Hedglen | February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

A while back when I went to shake my friend’s hand, he pulled back and said he was sick and didn’t want to spread his germs. I said, “Thanks,” and just waved at him as we took our seats.

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God’s will includes complex process of making choices

God’s will includes complex process of making choices

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. What is the difference between drifting along in life and letting God do his will in your life? I have not really pursued a lot of my life goals because I love God and I want to please him by doing what he wants me to do in my life. Is this the wrong approach to goals in life and doing God’s will?

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Embracing the Church that speaks to humanity

Embracing the Church that speaks to humanity

| Jeff Hensley | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I came to know more about Catholicism, I discovered that the Church spoke to all aspects of humanity — holiness, personal relationships, family life, social justice, the economy and issues of war and peace, among them. The Scriptures for Feb. 1 remind me of that spiritual reawakening.

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Non-Catholic annulments; ‘reborn’ and the ‘rapture’

Non-Catholic annulments; ‘reborn’ and the ‘rapture’

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Why does the Catholic Church ask non-Catholics to receive a Catholic annulment to a previous marriage in order to get married in a Catholic church?

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Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well

Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. Do you believe that sins are the measurement of your passes to heaven? I don’t think so. Sins are necessary to life. How would you know that good is good if you do not experience sin? It gives balance to life.

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Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. I have noticed that when the choir does a piece of music differently or performs a song especially well, someone inevitably starts to applaud, and the rest of the congregation follows suit. I think this detracts from the mood that the music has just created and interferes with the solemnity of the Mass. Is it just me, or should applause be reserved for musical performances outside of Mass?

Q. I understand that, as Catholics, if we choose to be cremated, our cremains are to be treated with dignity and must be buried or entombed. My husband and I have two family members who have asked us to arrange to have their ashes “scattered.” One is a Catholic, one is not. Does our duty to follow Church teaching on this matter override the wishes of our family members (even of the non-Catholic one)? I am uncomfortable with one day having to carry out their request, but I’m unsure as to how to respond.

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In the face of the impossible, God works the possible

In the face of the impossible, God works the possible

| Deacon Luis Mejia | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

We are celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s reading reminds us of three important aspects about understanding God’s presence through history: first, salvation occurs within history; second, the mystery has been revealed; and third, God works the impossible.

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A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

| Deacon Adam Laski | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “to rejoice.” In the second reading, we are given the simple command by Christ through his servant St. Paul, “Rejoice always.” These words are part of St. Paul’s final advice to the Thessalonian church in his first letter. He leaves them with a simple theme, which forms the context for the third Sunday of Advent.

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What privileges do deacons have? Do beliefs matter?

What privileges do deacons have? Do beliefs matter?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Q. Often, I have been at a Mass where the deacon reads the Gospel. But then, sometimes, the deacon goes on to give the homily while the priest watches. Is this a new function in the Church today?

Q. Please help me to know how to answer people who say, “It doesn’t matter what religion or beliefs you have, since we’re all going to the same place anyway.”

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Praying and giving help us to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’

Praying and giving help us to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’

| Deacon Grant Lacey | December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

We are being called to prepare the way of the Lord through all of the different wildernesses we experience in our daily lives. We need to prepare the way through the desert of our secular society. Most of all, we need to prepare a way through the wilderness of our hearts.

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To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support

To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Every year I try to change my relationship with God. I try to start praying more regularly, avoid some habitual sins, and be an overall better person. But I always seem to fail. I just slip back into my old habits. What can I do?

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Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

| Tim Johnson | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students, supported by St. Mary’s Center for Spirituality and the college’s campus ministry, organized a national letter-writing response to Pope Francis’ outreach to young people to encourage the millennial generation — those born between 1981 and 1995 — to write to the pope about their love for Catholic tradition and offer ideas about how the Church might better reach their demographic.

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