Commentary

A prayer for Pietro

How is it people and young adults grow up Catholic, experience all there is taught to us about the Trinity through religion classes, nuns and priests’ instruction, get baptized, make first holy Communion, confess young sins in first reconciliation, invite a sponsor to touch our shoulder during Confirmation, take vows in matrimony ... and then...
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Don’t let Halloween scare you

Memo to handwringing adults: Ghouls and goblins and various ghostly apparitions don't exist, but lust, greed, pride, envy and anger most certainly do. And they are far more frightening.
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Prayers for the sick

I've been thinking lately about prayers for the sick.
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Accompanied by angels

We want to believe the sun will rise tomorrow and we’ll embrace the fullness of another day. We must live life with that hope. There is no other way.
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What kind of “believers”?

Catholicism is dying in the German-speaking world, not because the Gospel has been proclaimed and found incredible or hard, but because it hasn’t been proclaimed with joy, confidence, and zeal.
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Does heaven pass away?/ Mixed marriage and children

Father Doyle fields questions on heaven and raising children in the faith when in a mixed marriage.
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Life and control, good and evil

The power of evil destroys life. We share the power of God when we give life.
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Why our son is in seminary

A mother and father share their reasons for supporting their son's exploration of the priesthood.
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When life is turbulent, pray

Turbulence is an unwelcome experience, but it also serves a purpose. It reminds us that we really are flying 35,000 feet above the earth, and that’s not without risk.
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Fall shows off marvels of creation

Bring on the flavors of the harvest and the memories of a tree at my boyhood home that burst into brightness every year, and I’ll accept the shorter days and longer shadows.
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Status of Medjugorje/ True cross of Christ

Father Doyle fields questions on the status of Medjugorje and the true cross of Christ.
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Conscience and its enemies

Should doctors and nurses be forced to take part in procedures that violate their conscience? It's a timely question. New federal regulations to enforce existing conscience protection laws are being challenged in federal courts.
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