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What is a novena?
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May 27, 2018

What is a novena?

Novenas are an ancient part of the the Church's devotional life and have a rich history. Catholics often talk about “novenas,” and without any prior knowledge of the devotion the name can be confusing. What is a novena? Novenas are…
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How much might Judas’ 30 pieces of silver be worth today?
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March 28, 2018

How much might Judas’ 30 pieces of silver be worth today?

The reward for betraying Jesus was worth less than you might think. Why did Judas betray Jesus? Was it for the money? It is difficult to go back in time to discover the exact intentions of Judas Iscariot, but we…
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Why isn’t Judas Iscariot a saint?
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March 28, 2018

Why isn’t Judas Iscariot a saint?

Life lessons from "Spy Wednesday" of Holy Week “St. Judas Iscariot, pray for us!”—said no one ever. Why not? Why isn’t Judas Iscariot, among the Twelve Apostles chosen by Christ, a saint? Is it because he betrayed Christ? Well, who…
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What is “Spy Wednesday”?
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March 28, 2018

What is “Spy Wednesday”?

Before Jesus celebrated the Passover, a "spy" went out to betray him. As the days of Holy Week move forward, various events occur that directly lead to what will take place on Good Friday. Among these events was the fateful…
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Do people in Heaven suffer if they have loved ones in Hell?
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March 27, 2018

Do people in Heaven suffer if they have loved ones in Hell?

A theologian responds: Our relationship with God prevails over bonds of affection. While enjoying the beatific vision, will the blessed in Heaven suffer if they have loved ones in Hell? For an answer to this question, we turn to Giacomo…
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Why do Eastern Christians use leavened bread for the Eucharist?
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March 22, 2018

Why do Eastern Christians use leavened bread for the Eucharist?

The answer is rooted in the past and the rich symbolism that it provides. Responding to Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of me,” the Catholic Church has continually celebrated a Eucharistic feast of bread and wine for almost…
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When should you make the sign of the cross?
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March 21, 2018

When should you make the sign of the cross?

Christians from the early Church left us detailed instructions. Christians have been making the sign of the cross over their bodies from the very beginning of the Church. Christian apologist Tertullian wrote during the 3rd century, “We Christians wear out…
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Excommunication: What is it and does the Church still do it?
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March 20, 2018

Excommunication: What is it and does the Church still do it?

Often, in fact, it is the person who chooses to excommunicate himself. Excommunication can be a frightening word. It even looks disturbing written out on paper: E.x.c.o.m.m.u.n.i.c.a.t.i.o.n. The reality is no less grave. We’ve all seen that arresting scene from the…
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What is discernment?
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February 22, 2018

What is discernment?

It's not about the vocation to marriage or to the priesthood! It's something else ... “By discernment, we don’t mean asking whether you should marry or become a priest! That question arises only for those who have already surrendered to…
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Lent: A time to be broken?
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February 21, 2018

Lent: A time to be broken?

First in a series of reflections on poetry for Lent There’s good news and bad news today. The good news: Winter is almost over! Is the bad news Lent has just begun? For those of us who have been locked…
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