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Communion in hand or tongue?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My sister claims that receiving holy Communion in the hand is disrespecting the Eucharist. I told her that it must be OK because the first sacrament of the Eucharist was received in the hand (at the ...

Supply chainJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I don't know about you, but I'm glad that we're all encouraged to sit down together for a day of giving thanks before rushing out the door to shop for Christmas. At least, that's usually how it works. ...

Offering Time and Talent to Support the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

One lesson taught through programs of the Missionary Childhood Association is that of offering up your time and talent as well as your treasure for children in the missions. Believe it or not, the treasure ...

Heads upScott Hahn

Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There's a deliberate tension in the next four weeks' readings -- between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, ...

Gratitude for fifty years of love and countingFather Robert J. Landry

This is a week in which many of us slow down and thank God for the blessings he has given to us, to our family members and friends, and to our country. The 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving ...

Marriage of Mary and JosephFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have a question about one of your recent columns. (A woman wrote to say that her husband had been refusing for many years to have sexual relations with her, and you suggested that this violates the ...

A royal truthScott Hahn

What's the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church's year? It's the truth that in Jesus God keeps the promise He made to David of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who ...

The Sacred AcreMaureen Crowley Heil

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat with my Pontifical Mission Societies peers from dioceses across the country. We gathered at the Marywood Retreat House in St. John's, Florida to pray ...

Crisis in vocationsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

When Catholics hear the word "vocation," they mentally substitute the word "priesthood" almost without skipping a beat. That's because when we pray for "vocations," encourage "vocations," celebrate "vocations" ...

A day of gratitude or mourning?Father Roger J. Landry

Last December 16, we marked the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims' disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and this year we celebrate the quatercentenary of the first Thanksgiving feast. It was a brutal ...