WASHINGTON — Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages.
The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the
very act of getting ashes — and walking around with them — is pretty public.
Gospel Commentary Mt 4:1-11
WASHINGTON — There is no getting around fasting during Lent.
Gospel Commentary Jn 9:1-41More
Q. I have been wondering about the origin
of the Hail Mary prayer. I realize that the first part is from the Scriptures,
when Mary is greeted by her cousin Elizabeth, but when was the complete prayer
introduced in the church and who were its authors? (Northern New Jersey)More
Q: Growing up Catholic, I was
taught that in order to fulfill your Sunday obligation, you were required to be
present for three parts of the Mass — the Gospel, the offertory and Communion.
Our parish just started hearing confessions at the very time the Sunday Mass is
being celebrated (i.e., not just before or after Mass). More
Burial in sacred ground prevents the deceased
from being forgotten and encourages family members and the wider Christian
community to remember the deceased and to pray for them.More
Servant of God Augustine Father Bill Atkinson never bought green bananas because he said he never knew if he would be around to see them ripen. He died at age 60 in 2006 from complications of an infection. He lived as a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 19 following a toboggan accident. He was the first quadriplegic to be ordained a priest with a special dispensation from Pope Paul VI. He was ordained in 1974 by Philadelphia Cardinal John Krol, almost nine years after the accident that had left him paralyzed.More
Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in between. This series aims to explain the art and architecture of diocesan churches, so the faithful can better appreciate the beauty around them.More
Fr. McAfee remembers the effect of a homily he gave after Sept. 11 More
Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in betweenMore
“Live simply so others may simply live.”“A life not lived for others is not a life.”“The fruit of abortion is nuclear war.”“Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”Which of these are quotes from Blessed Teresa of Kolkata?The answer — none of them.Call it urban legend, simple misquoting or out-right fabrication, there are dozens of quotes attributed to Mother Teresa that, according to the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, she never said. (Style note: Blessed Teresa of Kolkata became the preferred style in Catholic media a few years ago.)To combat the perpetuation of these misquotes, the center compiled a list of quotes falsely attributed to the soon-to-be saint. And, there’s a section called, “Quotes that are significantly paraphrased versions or personal interpretations of statements Mother Teresa made; they are not her authentic words.”So, according to the list, she didn’t say, “I think it is very good when people suffer. To me that is like the kiss of Jesus.” Nor did she say, “Good works are links that form a chain of love.” Some of these quotes sound like her style, some are too far-fetched to believe.Others are just a bit off-track, “I don’t do great things. I do small things with great passion.” She is however quoted in the book Come Be My Light, edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk as saying, “Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love. ...The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.”The center’s website points out that many entities are appropriating Mother Teresa’s name or image without permission of the Missionaries of Charity. Their list is a helpful reference as the Sept. 4 canonization nears.So next time someone tells you, “As Mother Teresa said … ”smile, but doublecheck it.Augherton can be reached at email@example.com or on twitter @aughertonACH.More
There is no slowing down this summer for Arlington seminarians who return home from months of studying. More
For one day this Advent, Dec. 18, Holy Trinity Church in
Gainesville lifted people out of their 21st century lives and
took them to ancient Bethlehem at the time of the birth of