Q. Recently, while watching EWTN, I heard a priest say that some theologians now believe that John the Baptist was born without original sin. This was new information for me, but then I looked at the Gospel of Luke (1:15) where the angel Gabriel tells Zechariah that his son John will be “filled with the […]
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Responsorial Psalm: 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5 Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38 By Jeff Hedglen While reading this week’s Scriptures a song from the 2005 David Crowder Band album, A Collision, came to mind. One line in the song says, “Everybody […]
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Q. About five years ago, my work transferred me out of state. At the time, I was attending my local Catholic church, which was clustered with two other parishes. We had a vibrant Catholic community with Masses each day of the week, weeknight Bible study and prayer groups and, on weekends, multiple Masses from which […]
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Responsoral Psalm: 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock When I pointed out in a homily that not all saints are officially canonized, a woman said to me after Mass, “That may be true, but […]
I am pleased with most of the prefaces in the current Missal, but we need more Mass prayers on themes of ecology and for times of tragedy
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Exodus 17:8-13 Responsoral Psalms: 121:1-8 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1-8 By Sharon K. Perkins There’s a saying that I hear fairly frequently these days, especially in response to someone who is asked to take on a ministry or mission for which he or she […]
Q. I am 91 years old and I am wondering just where heaven is. I have heard priests say that it is here on earth, the same as hell and purgatory. But when I pray the Apostles’ Creed I say, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father […]
I am terrible at sending thank-you notes. If I don’t do it right away it usually doesn’t get done. It is not that I am not thankful; I am truly grateful for the service or gift I have received.
1798 – 1856 FEAST October 3 A Breton by birth, Anne-Therese Guerin was 25 when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir, France. As Sister Theodore, she directed schools in Rennes and Soulaines, where she also studied pharmacy and medicine. Despite poor health, she led five other nuns across the Atlantic to a new […]
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 Responsoral Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-9 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Gospel Reading: Luke 17:5-10 By Jean Denton When Jesus walked the face of the earth, the science of psychology hadn’t yet been invented. Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis wouldn’t come along for another 1,800 years. But […]
What you intend when you say something may not be what hearers understand. Although you mean to implore Christ’s help by calling out spontaneously the word “Jesus,” someone listening might well think instead that you are expressing surprise or dismay — which would contribute to the growing disrespect for the Lord’s name.