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  • Inspired by medieval art

    by Derek Pettinelli

    If you have ever been to a Confirmation Mass or an ordination Mass, then you might have seen the Roman Pontifical. The Roman Pontifical is a liturgical book used primarily by bishops for various sacraments such as Confirmation or Holy Orders.    That… read more

  • The ‘Secret Code of Catholic’

    by Susie Lloyd

    What’s the name of that screwball comedy? The one with the two desperados? That one. Anyway, they’re in mortal danger. One guy makes a quick Sign of the Cross in a desperate plea for heavenly aid. The other guy looks at him, thinks for a … read more

  • Ask Father: Why does God permit innocent children to suffer?

    by Msgr. Stewart Swetland, STD

    DEAR FATHER:   My 4-year-old niece was just diagnosed with cancer, and I am devastated by this news. I find it hard to pray. I feel angry, and I don’t understand why God would allow this to happen. People say God has a plan and he is looking… read more

  • 100 years ago, Our Lady of Fatima showed us how to teach about hell

    by Tom Hoopes

    My wife and I begin our Confirmation class for St. Benedict’s Parish in Atchison, Kansas, by giving the students an overview of salvation history using a drawing.   “And here,” I said last fall, pointing to the pit of flames … read more

  • Will I See My Relatives in Heaven?

    by Fr. Roland Guilmain, AA

    DEAR FATHER:  Several years ago we lost our son. I am questioning the concept of one heaven, with all the people who have lived from the beginning of mankind being together in one place — trillions of people. Will it be like a dream? (For instance… read more

  • Facts about the Church in early America

    by Derek Pettinelli

    Take some time this Independence Day to teach your family about the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States. May God bless America!   Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832). Carroll was a delegate to the Continental Congress, … read more

  • Five facts about the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    by Derek Pettinelli

    The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 23 this year. Here are five facts that you may not know about this important feast of our Lord.   1. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus took centuries to become a universal celebration… read more

  • Five Scripture verses about the Eucharist

    by Derek Pettinelli

     The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is June 18 this year. Many parishes will host Corpus Christi processions. In Rome, Pope Francis will celebrate a 7 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran; following … read more

  • Everlasting fire Purifier

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Why is it that, when we take the youth group to camp on retreat, we always make sure there is a campfire on the schedule? Why do we put up with the dirt, soot, and smoke of a fireplace in our home when we no longer need it for heat? Why do we light candles… read more

  • Transfiguration, conversion, and the fruits of the Spirit

    by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB

    The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Aug. 6 holds a special place in my heart. One summer day in August, while out in the garden meditating on the transfiguration of Christ, the Holy Spirit gave me an insight into the nature of patience in… read more

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