– “Orans” posture during the Our Father
– Catholic-Jewish wedding
Once a week, I help at an after-school center in my community. The long-standing program, which provides supervision and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children, is a place of pride for the community because it fills an important need for many struggling families. It has become a valuable resource in improving the prospects for their children.
Q. I have read that miracles are required before someone can be proclaimed a saint. Can you tell me more about the process and perhaps give some examples of miracles for saints recently canonized?
Q. I would very much like to know the Church’s official position on whether God should be referred to as “Father” (that is, in masculine terms) or as a genderless being.
Heaven has never been won by denying sin or weakness. Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we can think that if we can accumulate more good deeds than bad, that is what will bring us into the kingdom. We think that the well intentioned people win heaven by not falling too far into sin.
As we prepare to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded of our joy in waiting for the coming of Christ. We have cause for rejoicing in the Lord and his never-failing fidelity to his people that he will come again to gather us to himself for all eternity.
Q. We recently had a funeral for a family member. I was a bit annoyed by how much the priest talked about Jesus and how little he talked about the person who died. Isn’t the funeral supposed to be more of a celebration of the person’s life?
Was John the Baptist was born without original sin?
Do soldiers forfeit Heaven?
I struggle each Mass when the congregation says, “I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof … .” I understand its biblical significance, but maybe I’m just bothered by the phrase “I am not worthy.” My parents taught me I am worthy because I’m a child of God. We are all worthy just by the fact we were created in God’s image.
Every other November in the United States, we can count on contentious political elections as we hear doomsday readings at Sunday Mass. Coincidence?