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Phase V pastor orientationSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On Oct. 3-5 the nine pastors of the Phase V collaboratives gathered for pastor orientation. Over the years, these sessions have been changed to better respond to the suggestions of the priests as to what ...

Dressing for the feastScott Hahn

Our Lord's parable in today's Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation ...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of LepantoFather Steve Grunow

Tomorrow (Oct.7) the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle. On October 7th, 1571 a fleet ...

Changing God's mind?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I'm confused about something and would be grateful for your help. Does prayer change God's mind? Can someone be moved to the head of the line if we pray hard enough? (Cuba, Missouri) A. To answer ...

What is Happening at Mass?Bishop Robert Barron

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the "source and summit of the Christian life." And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement ...

Reasons for the rosaryJaymie Stuart Wolfe

One of the best things about editing Catholic books is that I usually end up being assigned to projects I need to read myself. I can't tell you how many times something I've been working on has been a ...

The reason for our hope -- Jesus ChristMichael Lavigne

''Why are we here today?" asked Deacon Joe Cooley. And with a crucifix in hand, he answered his own question, saying, "This -- the person of Jesus -- is our hope!" That is how 600 participants who were ...

Living on the vineScott Hahn

In today's Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God. And the symbolism of today's First Reading and Psalm is readily ...

Worship in ecumenical contextsFather Thomas Ryan, CSP

Pastoral leaders are discovering that worship is more central to the work for Christian unity than was earlier thought. So it's no surprise, then, that the topic at this year's annual gathering of the ...

Following the Brave Shepherd All the WayFather Roger J. Landry

The beatification of Father Stanley Rother on September 23 in Oklahoma City, which I was privileged to attend, was unforgettably moving. I feel a little like SS. Peter and John in the Acts of the Apostles ...