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The norms for the United States, established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November 1966 and reiterated in November 1973, may be summarized as follows: Abstinence Everyone older … more
Out of the pain of childbirth comes new life, so from the difficulties of our life comes our vocation. In our first reading, King Uzziah of Israel had died. During his half-century reign, he had … more
Q. Regarding your recent column on forgiving ISIS: Must forgiveness be predicated on remorse and repentance by the offending party? I am thinking of Christ being crucified and saying, "Father, … more
What a difference a week makes. Attentive listeners will recall that the beginning of this Gospel passage is the same as the ending in last Sunday’s. For people who pray liturgically, it might be … more
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Feast day: Jan. 24 Lots of saints were prolific writers, but St. Francis de Sales was not just prolific, he was persuasive. The little leaflets he published on … more
Recently, I received a letter from a person desperate because his brother left the church in anger, saying a lot of what the church teaches is a myth. I told the person I would pray for the … more
Q. Jan. 1, 2016, is a holy day of obligation. But our parish calendar shows that next year, Jan. 1 will not be a holy day of obligation — i.e., Jan. 1, 2017. If holy days are so important, why … more
Q. At Mass recently, I was stunned by a statement made by the deacon who was giving the homily. That has made me wonder whether deacons have sole independence when preparing remarks or if the priest … more
As the church celebrates the opening of the Year of Mercy and one of the greatest acts of mercy in salvation history — the birth of Christ — the faithful are called to consider more attentively … more
Q. What is the Christian response to ISIS? (Harrisonburg, Va.) A. The Christian response to ISIS is to deplore their violence and to seek the most effective means to stop it. In March 2015, in … more
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