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The World Mission Rosary Around the WorldMaureen Crowley Heil

During October the Church calls us to pray the rosary and to celebrate the missions. In our ministry, we pay special attention to the World Mission Rosary and focus on both. Archbishop Fulton Sheen ...

Seeing the son of DavidScott Hahn

Today's Gospel turns on an irony -- it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first person outside of the Apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And his healing is the last miracle Jesus performs ...

J and J vaccineFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question regards the Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster. Six months ago, Catholic bishops were recommending to get any vaccine available, notwithstanding that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was ...

To serve, not to be servedJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most of the time, it's easy to respond to the Gospel with a hardy, "Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ," but sometimes it isn't. I suppose the readings that make us uncomfortable are the ones we need to ...

Proclaiming the Gospel with Joy in Papua New GuineaMaureen Crowley Heil

Bishop Donald Lippert, OFM, Cap shepherds the Diocese of Mendi, in the mountainous Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. In a place rich in beautiful scenery and strong local culture, Bishop ...

Cup of salvationScott Hahn

The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they're asking in today's Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors. But the road to Christ's kingdom is by way ...

Lessons from the first female doctor of the churchFather Roger J. Landry

We are fast approaching the 400th anniversary of the most impressive canonization in the history of the Church, which took place March 12, 1622. Pope Gregory XV had the honors. Canonizations in this ...

Disruptions in churchFather Kenneth Doyle

Recently, I responded in this column to a question about disruptions at Mass. The letter writer said that a parishioner had been creating a scene regularly in church -- throwing her arms toward the sky, ...

We Cannot But Speak About What We Have Seen And Heard (Acts 4:20)Maureen Crowley Heil

Each year we remember our baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday. On October 24th, we will gather as Eucharistic people. Catholics throughout the world, will join us in that same ...

Wisdom and richesScott Hahn

The rich young man in today's Gospel wants to know what we all want to know -- how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He seeks what today's Psalm calls "wisdom of ...