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Back to the land: Following the land's liturgyDr. R. Jared Staudt

We shook on it. After too many moves, my wife and I committed to move once more into a small cabin on the land. After years of false starts, it finally happened, as I wrote back in January. More than ...

The wisdom of Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

If it is graduation season, then it is graduation speech season, too. High schools, colleges, and even elementary schools seek out high profile speakers to impart their wisdom to graduates -- or, at ...

Immigration and America's future falling prey to the political divideBishop Nicholas DiMarzio

What will America become? The migration issue we confront today will greatly determine our future self-awareness and identity as a nation. It cannot be denied that we are a nation of immigrants. The current ...

Does an obligation to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday include those traveling outside the diocese?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: I live in a diocese where the feast of the Ascension is celebrated on Thursday. This year, I was traveling for work on Ascension Thursday, and in the diocese where my conference was, Ascension was ...

The Eucharistic Prayers -- variety and similarityFather Robert M. O'Grady

During the coming weeks, we'll be looking at individual Eucharistic Prayers that are in the present Roman Missal. Prior to doing that, and so seeing the variety of them available to priests and people, ...

A Most Unusual Mission MosaicMaureen Crowley Heil

With tombstones for beds and grave markers for pillows, thousands of families in Manila will go to sleep tonight in the cemetery they call home. In the bustling capital city of the Philippines, the most ...

A new windScott Hahn

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth ...

Scripture Reflection for May 19, 2024, Pentecost SundayJem Sullivan

Acts 2:1-11 Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25 Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 When St. John Paul II was elected to the papacy in 1978, among his first words to ...

Can I go to a Methodist church since there are no Catholic churches nearby?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: I recently moved to a rural area, and my current parish is now nearly an hour drive away. There are no Catholic churches in my new area. There is, however, a Methodist church right across the street ...

Ascended into heavenJaymie Stuart Wolfe

There are feasts, and then there are Feasts-with-a-capital-F. Everyone puts Christmas and Easter into the high holy days category, and practically nobody puts the Ascension there. But they should. Whenever ...

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