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Are you feeling the noose tightening?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

As the religious landscape in our once Christian nation has changed, so, too, has the civil and political climate. More and more Americans have become "nones" or simply are no longer interested in organized ...

Here is your GodScott Hahn

John questions Jesus from prison in today's Gospel -- for his disciples' sake and for ours. He knows that Jesus is doing "the works of the Messiah," foretold in today's First Reading and Psalm. But John ...

A new American blessed ... and martyr for studentsFather Roger J. Landry

Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable attention given to an American whom the Church was preparing to beatify, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The attention on Sheen makes sense -- even beyond ...

Anxiety and Mass attendanceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was diagnosed with anxiety/mood disorder in 2003. I had spent time in the military and gone through some horrific experiences that had affected me emotionally. I have also been on Dilantin now for ...

Made for worshipJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I don't remember what it was like to attend Mass before Vatican II, but I've heard plenty of stories. There were no Saturday vigil Masses, so everyone worshipped together on Sundays. Everybody came to ...

Kingdom comeScott Hahn

"The kingdom of heaven is at hand," John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring. The Lord whom John prepares the ...

Penitential rite at MassFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Every Mass I attend begins with a penitential rite, which I take to be the forgiveness of sins for those who are there worshipping. And then, just before Communion, we say, "Lord, I am not worthy that ...

30 million U.S. Hispanic Catholics here and nowHosffman Ospino

The alarms went off -- again -- in October 2019 as the Pew Research Center reported on a recent survey indicating a fast and steady decline of people in the United States self-identifying as Christian. The ...

Celebrating the Novus Ordo as it ought to beFather Roger Landry

On November 30, the Church marks the 50th anniversary of when the Novus Ordo, or "Mass of Paul VI," debuted as the ordinary form of the Roman Rite of the sacred liturgy. St. Paul VI had promulgated the ...

Chalice for gluten-intolerantFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. More and more people are being diagnosed with celiac or wheat allergies. Because of the particle of the host that is dipped into the chalice right before Communion, someone who is gluten-intolerant ...