Commentary

Suddenly Annie

In this time of Advent, we are not just waiting for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but preparing for our role as a member of His Kingdom.
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‘Lady Bird’ and the breakthrough of grace

Running underneath this complex story of love and conflict is religion, more precisely, Catholicism.
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Question Corner: Burial of unbaptized/ Role of deacon

Father Doyle fields questions about the burial of unbaptized persons in a Catholic cemetery and the role of deacon in parishes.
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The thin green line

We are powerless, conversely, to stop acts of nature – God. We are, however, in position to help with the cleanup caused by both the divine and humanity.
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Encouraging news on abortion

Supporters of legalized abortion used to agree that abortion should be "rare." They don't say it so much nowadays. Maybe they now realize that reducing abortions will require discouraging abortion.
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The anticipation of Advent

Jesus does not just come to us when we are perfect. He comes to us as we are, even if we are shepherds watching our sheep in the fields.
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Father Patrick Peyton and road to sainthood/ Pray for Judas Iscariot?

Father Doyle answers questions about the canonization of Father Patrick Peyton and praying for Judas Iscariot.
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It’s time to talk about gun violence

If we are not distressed by the mass shootings occurring all too frequently around our country, is it any wonder that we are not shocked and distressed by individual killings on the streets of Baltimore?
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Searches beyond Google’s capabilities

My mother was very good at teaching me to read the subtle signs of providence, and she got me very excited that this book that had been so magical for the reviewer was rediscovered in our library.
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A plea for our fellow Catholics

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift.
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Paul VI, Prophet

In Humanae Vitae, Paul VI plays the prophet and lays out, clearly and succinctly, what he foresees as consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex.
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What is sex for?

The root problem here is a self-centered notion of freedom that "frees" individuals from respecting others, if such respect would get in the way of their own pleasure.
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