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Q: I am having a problem with the concept of angels. I just completed a 36-hour course, “Understanding the Brain,” at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The brain is an interesting organ … more
Q: Is there any scientific evidence for the star mentioned in the Gospel, which guided the Three Kings to adore Baby Jesus, or is it just a literary image used to make a spiritual point? I have heard … more
Q: Each year, I find it harder to keep my family focused on the real meaning of Christmas. It seems like Advent becomes more and more just about shopping, decorating, partying, etc. Do you have any … more
Q: My wife and I have young children. We would like to begin the tradition of having our own home Advent wreath. Could you please provide a little explanation about this tradition and what we should … more
Q: I am frustrated. In the Catholic Herald (Oct. 16-22), there was an article, “A place for gays, nonmarital unions.” It read, “In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to … more
Q: I have been a volunteer at Birthright since the beginning, and this year we celebrate our 40th anniversary. Many people do not know about this wonderful pro-life organization. Would you please … more
Q: On Sunday, the priest mentioned that St. Helena had found the cross of Christ, and the church even had a relic of the true cross. What were the circumstances behind the finding? Also, I have heard … more
Q: I understand that there is a special Synod of Bishops taking place in Rome beginning Oct. 5. What is a synod and what are its duties? — A reader in Arlington A: On Sept. 15, 1965 (shortly … more
We now continue with the last two gifts of the Holy Spirit: counsel and fortitude. The gift of counsel is “to render the individual docile and receptive to the counsel of God regarding one’s … more
Having pondered the gifts of fear of the Lord, piety, and knowledge, we proceed to the gifts of understanding and wisdom. Please remember that the quoted definitions are from Father Jordan Aumann’s … more
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