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.
Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday – Passion of the Lord
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.
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.
Sunday, March 15
Fourth Sunday of Lent
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
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.
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?
Sunday, March 1
Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Monday, March 2
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.”
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.
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.