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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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Daily Scriptures: March 15 – March 29, 2015

Daily Scriptures: March 15 – March 29, 2015

| March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, March 15
Fourth Sunday of Lent
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

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Love of Jesus summons the faithful to follow

Love of Jesus summons the faithful to follow

| Deacon Gabriel Walz | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Faith is both a gratuitous gift from God and a virtue. But why should we go through the effort to foster a virtue that will command from us the daily conversions of our hearts? Love. Love alone is the answer.

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There’s wisdom in not knowing all the answers

There’s wisdom in not knowing all the answers

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I find myself facing situations where I just don’t know what to do. I feel like I am out of my depth, but I have responsibilities, and people still look to me to have an answer. What am I supposed to do?

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Daily Scriptures: March 1 – March 15, 2015

Daily Scriptures: March 1 – March 15, 2015

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, March 1
Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Romans 8:31b-34
Mark 9:2-10
Monday, March 2
Daniel 9:4b-10
Luke 6:36-38

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Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

| Deacon Arthur Roraff | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have a ritual I perform whenever a plane I’m on is about to land. I shut my eyes and say, “Lord, I am yours. I beg for your mercy for my sins and offer myself to you.”

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What’s the biblical basis for belief in purgatory?

What’s the biblical basis for belief in purgatory?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. So far as I know, the other Christian religions do not provide for a purgatory — only the Catholic Church — and I’m wondering where purgatory is mentioned either in the Bible or in Christ’s teachings.

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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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To hear God’s voice, we have to get acquainted

To hear God’s voice, we have to get acquainted

| Jeff Hedglen | January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

It used to be that you did not know who was calling until you answered the telephone. If it were someone you spoke with all the time, you would recognize his or her voice. The same is true with our relationship with God: The more we talk and listen to him, the more likely we are to recognize the voice when we hear it.

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