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Confession is time to encounter God, it’s not a dry cleaners, pope says

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 28. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Posted on January 23rd, 2015

While people must be honest and specific about their sins when they go to confession, they will miss the sacrament’s key grace if they are “completely mechanical” about listing their sins, Pope Francis said.

A call to bury the 40-minute eulogy

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

If a long-winded eulogy overshadows the funeral liturgy itself, it’s out of step with the message of the Mass — the resurrection won by Christ, writes Father Ken Doyle.

Maturing in faith means not just asking God for favors, pope says

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

The journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognizing Jesus as savior, Pope Francis said.

Finding the God of mercy through prayer

Posted on January 20th, 2015

Effie Caldarola knew God loved her — theoretically. A retreat on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 20 years ago helped her to really believe God loved her. She is still working on it.

If husband is ‘born again,’ does he need to fix the house?

Posted on January 16th, 2015

Father Ken Doyle answers a reader’s question about the “rapture.” He also clears up confusion regarding holy days of obligation falling on a Monday.

If your heart isn’t open to God, yoga won’t help, pope says

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on January 9th, 2015

Courses in yoga, Zen meditation, even extensive studies in church teaching and spirituality can never free people enough to open their hearts to God and his love, Pope Francis said in a morning homily Jan 9.

Cheers in church? It’s not always wrong

Posted on January 8th, 2015

The issue of applause during Mass reveals the Catholic Church’s diversity, writes Father Ken Doyle, who also addresses annulments of non-Catholic marriages.

Only by loving, serving others can people come to know God, pope says

Posted on January 8th, 2015

Only people who love, and love in concrete ways — not just with words — can know God because God is love, Pope Francis said.

Pray and make peace through small daily efforts, pope says

Pope Francis gestures as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 1. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) Posted on January 5th, 2015

Peace is not just an absence of war, Pope Francis said, but the condition of a person who is in harmony with him- or herself, with nature and with others. “You don’t get along with that person? Make peace. In your home? Make peace. In the community? Make peace. At work? Make peace.”

The pope said what? It could be a Facebook mash-up

Posted on December 30th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle finds the source of a reader’s confusion: Words from two speeches by Pope Francis, pulled together into one unlikely statement on social media.

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