Are you ready for Lent?

Every year it seems that I get my “Lenten stride” about three days before Holy Week. I always regret not doing more, sooner. Here are some resources and answers to Lenten questions to help us start Lent on the right foot: –Read Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2009. –Read Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution […]

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Time for Confession

I’m frequently asked how often Catholics should go to Confession. Many people just want to know the minimum requirement. In that regard, the Church provides that all Catholics who have reached the age of discretion (approximately the age of seven) are required to confess their mortal sins once a year. In addition, if one has […]

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Taking Our Medicine

All of us have had the experience of realizing that we have sinned. We understand that what we did was wrong, and we can readily discern the negative effects of our actions. We then sincerely ask the Lord for His mercy and we try to make things right with anyone we may have hurt. As […]

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Handling the Truth

Many of us who uphold the Church’s teachings, especially in questions of morals, have been told we’re not “compassionate.” How dare we tell couples they shouldn’t live together before marriage, or that they shouldn’t contracept, let alone abort their children, once they’re married? How dare we tell those with same-sex attractions to avoid acting upon […]

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Rise and Walk

Today’s Gospel at Mass was St. Luke’s account of the healing of the paralytic. One verse from that passage has always stood out to me: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘As for you, your sins are forgiven’” (Lk. 5:20). Jesus attributes the healing–physical and spiritual–of the paralytic to the faith of his four […]

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