A forum of Catholic Thought

Today's college: Mission or business?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Many of us television watchers saw unsettling scenes in recent weeks. Between the human toll spreading by this ravenous coronavirus and economic destruction to jobs and savings, there were disturbing ...

At Lazarus' TombScott Hahn

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today's Gospel clearly has Jesus' passion and death in view. That's why John gives us the detail about Lazarus' sister, Mary--that she is the one who anointed the ...

Virtues needed for a time of crisisFather Roger J. Landry

During the 1576 plague that menaced Milan and eventually took 25,000 lives, the civil government fled the city out of fear. The Archbishop of Milan, Saint Charles Borromeo, took over, assured the people ...

Why did Jesus weep?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always been attracted to the verse in John's Gospel (11:35) that says that, learning of the death of Lazarus, "Jesus wept." It shows, I think, how much Christ loved Lazarus and all of humanity. ...

Keeping your distanceJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We'd been instructed to cover our coughs and wash our hands a hundred times a day, but it wasn't enough. And just like that, classes are moved online and offices are moved home. All events are scratched ...

Eyesight to the blindScott Hahn

God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel -- as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for ...

Church's stance on organ donationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the Catholic Church's position on donating body parts for medical science? (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. Let's divide the answer into two parts: post-mortem transplants and those from living ...

This is our ChurchMichael M. Lavigne

I am blessed. As I look back on my journey of faith in Christ, I can clearly see his action in my life as I strive to live out our faith on a daily basis. His abundant grace has led me through good times ...

Striking the rockScott Hahn

The Israelites' hearts were hardened by their hardships in the desert. Though they have seen His mighty deeds, in their thirst they grumble and put God to the test in today's First Reading -- a crisis ...

Is funeral Mass mandated?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is a Catholic required to have a Catholic burial ceremony -- in a church with a Mass? I am thinking of having just a graveside service instead -- with a priest, of course, but just a private ceremony. ...