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Mystics bring riches to the church
Private revelation does not have the foundational importance of public revelation, but it often serves to bring to the fore or to greater public recognition particular aspects of public revelation.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sunday Mass and mortal sin
We just need to get back on track, on our eucharistic track.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Holy Spirit and the early church
The textual evidence for the Trinitarian baptismal formula in Matthew is almost universal in the earliest papyr.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Concerning croutons and Communion; St. Teresa
It may well be that a legitimate but different form of bread, different from what you are accustomed to, is what you noticed. 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Searching for answers on suffering
I would say that Christians don’t have an intellectual answer to the problem of pain and suffering, but they have a response.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Imagining and writing Jesus' missing years
Where historical fiction — and I would include here biblical fiction also — is not based in actual historical reality it tends to lose a sense of authenticity.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Purgatory a necessary reality; that's not the case for limbo
Which of us in the presence of this Love will feel appropriately ready for this final embrace of God?
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Inclusive language is worthy
Many modern English translations of the Bible attempts to use inclusive language as appropriate, that is, as it seems to be intended by the biblical authors.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
'In these last days he has spoken to us'
Some thinkers suggest that the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago — and the mission of the Lord and the early church — was prepared for by the circumstances of the Roman Empire.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Confession fine tunes moral compass
A regular participation in the Sacrament enables us to fine tune from time to time our moral compass, to deepen our awareness of the destructiveness of sin and the endless generosity of the Love that God is.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The very word 'Lent' calls us to new growth
Lent is about helping us to grow spiritually, even when our Lenten resolutions are not especially successful.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
What can we do to become merciful?
The rest of my response to the question is really a scriptural reflection on the works of mercy, and it can be summarized in this fashion: “Be all you can be as Christ’s holy body!”
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Selling religious goods not same as simony
Even if they have been blessed at some point, it is not the blessing that you are selling but the material entity. You are not trafficking in spiritual goods.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Accept holy object in life of prayer
Such powerful connections with sanctity have nothing to do with insurance policies, but much to do with personal growth in holiness.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Ecumenism is sometimes reconciled diversity
Either one abandons the ecumenical enterprise, which would be in my judgment not only ecclesially irresponsible but sinful, or one keeps going with great patience and absolute confidence in the Holy Spirit.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Death penalty: Is it ever acceptable?
Q: I am confused on the death penalty. In the Catechism (2266) it says:
“traditional teaching....has acknowledged as well-founded the right and
duty of legitimate public authority to punish malefactors by means of
penalties commensurate with the gravity of the crime, not
excluding....the death penalty.” Of course, I understand, it is a very
rare option, says Pope John Paul II. But the window of
absolute necessity, though small, is open, right?
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Desire to be part of the eucharistic community

Q—If my mother is confined to an assisted living facility and has no option for Sunday Mass other than television does this satisfy her obligation? If not does she commit a serious sin each Sunday?

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Colors signify seasons of life in Christ

Q — We see our liturgical colors have changed. What is the meaning and symbolism of each of our colors through the year?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Celibacy just as relational as marriage

Q: The reading on Oct. 4 from Genesis says “The Lord  says, it is not good for the man to be alone.” So why does the Catholic Church feel priests should not marry?  Is that not going against God’s word? The Greek Orthodox say their religious leaders have to marry to be ordained. An explanation please.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Transubstantiation at the Last Supper?

Q — When Jesus shared his last meal with his followers, did the bread and wine become Jesus in the same way we understand that it becomes Jesus today? One person put it this way — “Did transubstantiation take place at the last supper?”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Is secular humanism a religion?
Q —Can humanism be considered a religion?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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