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Blasphemy against the Holy SpiritFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently, I read an article in the Catholic press about the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and it has caused me to worry about something that happened long ago. I am now 45 years old and ...

The Lay Members of Christ's FaithfulMaureen Crowley Heil

Last week's Gospel, about the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard made me think of one of our Church's beautiful documents, 'Christifideles laici' or 'The Lay Members of Christ's Faithful.' Written ...

The humble pathScott Hahn

Echoing the complaint heard in last week's readings, today's First Reading again presents protests that God isn't fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, ...

Suicide and mortal sinFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. We have all been dealing with the havoc of the coronavirus, and here on the West Coast, forest fires are causing loss of life and wide property devastation. Some people have lost everything. It has ...

How would Jesus vote?Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

Now that Labor Day is behind us, campaign season is in full swing. And in what we've learned to expect of all things 2020, everything about this year's elections is even more intense than usual. I have ...

For which imperfect candidate should I vote?Hosffman Ospino

Elections invite us to cast our vote as citizens and choose the best possible public leaders to meet the exigencies of our present time and circumstances. Whether voting for president of the country ...

Living Water for the MissionsMaureen Crowley Heil

"The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus." -- Pope Francis Imagine the hopelessness you would feel if you were unable to provide ...

First and lastScott Hahn

The house of Israel is the vine of God, who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2--5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord ...

Returning to the sacrament of divine loveFather Roger Landry

Recently bishops in several dioceses have begun to lift the general dispensations from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass that they had decreed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers of new ...

Text of creedFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My recollection is that the text of the Mass in English was rewritten about 20 years ago -- to be a more accurate translation and to eliminate sexist references. I wonder, however, if they missed something: ...