How to be truly happy – Father John Hardon, S.J.
One of the deepest mysteries of life is that of happiness.
How to Keep Your Children Catholic – Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
This is surely an unusual subject for today’s conference, “How To Keep Your Children Catholic.” The subject may be unusual but it is desperately important. I would like to briefly address myself to three questions, expressed in three words, Why? What? and How?
“The Eucharist Is Not a Meal Among Friends” – Pope Benedict XVI
Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave via satellite Sunday at the closing Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. The congress was held in Quebec City.
Activities for Lent – Coleen Rooney
Pope Paul VI in 1969 reminded us in his introduction to the revised liturgical calendar that the season of Lent/Easter is a special time of the year and exerts much influence upon us which can lead to a deepening of our faith if we make use of it. The following are some activities that you may find helpful as you participative with your family (especially with young children) in observing these special 40 days.
All Saints and All Souls – Fr. William Saunders
What are the origins of All Saints and All Souls Day. Are these linked with paganism and Halloween?
Bringing Christmas to Life Again – Fr. Roger J. Landry
In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed.
Confirmation – Charles M. Mangan
Just what are the effects of Confirmation? It is difficult to imagine a better summary than that given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Eucharist, Holy Meal – Scott Hahn
We’re going to be focusing on the very center of the faith this morning, and I feel so woefully inadequate because there is just so much to say about the Blessed Sacrament.
Friday Abstinence – Grace MacKinnon
Dear Grace, I would like to know what is behind the abstinence of meat on Fridays of Lent. Being a Catholic, I was asked that question and I was unable to answer it. Please answer this in your column during Lent if possible.
Making a Good Confession – Fr. William Saunders
I have heard the priests of my parish encouraging us to go to confession during Lent. I admit I have not been to confession in years because I am not sure I know how to go to confession. With all the changes that occurred in the ’60s, would you please review how to go to confession?
Thanksgiving After Holy Communion – Fr. Edwin Gordon
The dismissal prayer at Mass, Ite missa est, which is often translated as “Go, Mass is ended” or “Go to love and serve the Lord” is interpreted by the majority of the faithful as a command to leave the church as soon as possible. Inestimabile Donum, the document published by the Sacred Congregation with the authority of the Pope, emphasizes the importance of adoration and prayer after Holy Communion.
The Eucharist and Culture – Ralph McInerny
When she was being drawn to the faith, Edith Stein went into a Catholic church and was fascinated by the sight of people coming and going, kneeling for a time in silent prayer and then leaving. Making a visit, in the phrase; coming to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Importance of Prayer – Deacon Doug McManaman
The purpose of our life is to learn how to pray, to acquire a rich interior contemplative life
The Rules of Fasting – Fr. William Saunders
Recently I was discussing the Lenten fasting and abstinence regulations with a friend. He told me that a person is supposed to fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion. I honestly have never heard that before. Can you clear up this matter for me?