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Canonical marriage but not civil?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a widow going out now with a widower. We love each other and he wants me to marry him. Can we get married in the Church, keep our own names and not be married by the law of the state? The reason ...

John Henry Newman in fullBishop Robert Barron

I write these words in the Rome airport, on my way to England, where I will deliver a paper on St. John Henry Newman and evangelization. I'm still basking in the glow of the splendid Mass of canonization ...

St. Therese of Lisieux and the renewal of missionary zealFather Roger Landry

At the beginning of this month, I had the joy to travel to Detroit to preach solemn Vespers at the historic National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica on the feast day of the Little Flower. In the ...

Hope from on highScott Hahn

The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles. In today's Psalm we're told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount ...

Padre Pio's 'Last Mass'Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

I don't think of myself as a relics junkie, but I just may be one. It started a few years ago, when relics of the saints began showing up in Boston more regularly. St. Charbel, St. Maria Goretti, St. ...

Returning thanksScott Hahn

A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today. There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha's ...

Does heaven pass away?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We all hope to spend eternity in heaven. However, Jesus says in Matthew 24:35 that "heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." If heaven passes away, and earth will not provide ...

Life by faithScott Hahn

Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today's First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). We are to live ...

From the shadows into the lightFather Roger Landry

When I make my annual retreat, I generally warm up by reading one or more lives of the saints. This helps me to leave the busy-ness of the world, enter more deeply into the milieu of God and hear his ...

Eligibility for sacrament of the sickFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I recently received the sacrament of the sick -- prior to a cardioversion, which involves an electric shock to the heart. After the anointing, my wife mentioned to our pastor that we might be asking ...