What’s in a Name?

Many of our readers have probably heard about last week’s reply from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on questions concerning the proper formula for Baptism. The CDF said that a Baptism conferred “in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier” or “in the name of […]

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Stand at the Bridge

I thought our readers would like to know that Emmaus Road author and frequent Lay Witness contributor Stacy Mitch has started her own blog, entitled “Stand at the Bridge.” To visit, click here. Stacy’s “Courageous” Bible studies for women have been best-sellers, and for good reason: They meet the tremendous demand for sound Catholic Bible studies, […]

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According to Luke

“Saints week” continues today with the feast of St. Luke, author of the third Gospel and companion of St. Paul. I don’t know about you, but I grow weary of study Bibles and Bible studies that go to great lengths to explain to us that so and so didn’t actually write the book of the […]

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Carelessness About Sin

This is “Saints Week” in the Church. No, the Holy Father has made no proclamation to that effect. Rather, it just so happens that October seems to have more than its fair share of wonderful feast days, and several of them occur this week. I thought they could provide the context for this week’s postings. […]

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The Book of God

The next worldwide Synod of Bishops is going to focus its attention on Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum. This pivotal conciliar document has called Catholics to draw more effectively upon the life-changing power of Sacred Scripture. And yet, Dei Verbum is not simply about the Bible. The title of this document […]

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The Family That Overtook Christ

Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). For many people, unfortunately, St. Bernard is merely a big, lovable breed of working dog. Even those of us with Catholic sensibilities might not know too much about him. Maybe we remember that he was devoted to Our Lady (which saint wasn’t?), and that […]

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Mysteries of Light

Even though I was raised in a large, Catholic family and received 12 years of Catholic schooling, I left the Church as an undergraduate and didn’t come back until I was in my 20s. My newly rediscovered love for Christ not only led me to study His teaching, but also to take a fresh look […]

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The Family Rosary

Back in 2002, Pope John Paul II issued a document entitled Rosarium Virginis Mariae, or more simply “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary,” to foster a renewed devotion to the Rosary in the new millennium. The entire text may be accessed by clicking here. This magnificent teaching is for all the faithful, but in a […]

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Always a Virgin

The Catholic Church has always taught that Mary was a virgin before, during, and after the birth of Christ. Mary conceived Jesus in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit without the loss of her virginity. She remained a virgin in giving birth to Jesus, such that the miraculous birth did not diminish […]

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