Commentary

End of Christmas season?/ Distributing to extraordinary ministers?

Father Kenneth Doyle fields questions about the liturgical end of the Christmas season and rubrics involving extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.
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Sibling revelry

Paul McMullen remembers a 2019 that celebrated his siblings.
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Sense of worth

In lieu of resolutions, may I suggest we learn a formula: “The more inadequate we feel, the more anxious we will feel, and the more hostile we will behave.”
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Another family to celebrate

I’ve been asked many times if I have inherited their good genes. I don’t know about that. I do know that mom and dad have given me an even more precious inheritance – the gift of life, the gift of faith and the gift of good example.
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Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes."

The One Pope

I would have been happy to watch four hours of a film that was as honest and insightful about Joseph Ratzinger as it was about Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
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Embrace all the New Year brings

We can’t know what lies ahead. As much as we might not like uncertainty, there’s also a gift in not knowing what the future holds.
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Work assignment on Sunday/ Mass card for non-Catholic wedding ceremony?

Father Doyle fields questions on work assignment on Sunday and giving a Mass card to a couple married in a non-Catholic ceremony.
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Christmas, freedom and obedience

The Christmas story is a lengthy meditation on a counterintuitive but essential truth: true freedom, genuine liberation, comes through freely chosen obedience to God’s purposes.
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The well-fought fight

Alas, like many other hymns, “For All the Saints” is an endangered species today, gutted by parish music directors and pastors who commit the grave sin of not singing a hymn in its entirety — or worse, who bowdlerize the lyrics to coddle the sensibilities of the Church of Nice.
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Letter to a failing heroin addict

In 40 years of working with the addicted, I have learned that these negative  behaviors block the positive power of grace.
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Finding patience in Advent

When we complain about another, we often take a position of judgment. Yet only God is the ultimate judge, our Christ.
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Supreme joy and a divine gift

Those who possess true joy are not deterred by their problems, by distress or by deprivation – their own or that of others.
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