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Breathe Easter, let the resurrection billow in the heart

Posted on April 21st, 2014

After last winter and the just-ended Lent, Michelle Francl-Donnay wants nothing more than to let God’s breath, as at the creation, fill her soul at Easter. She notes how saints and poets urge us to realize we were created not to be separated from God, but joined to his very breath.

Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says

Pope Francis raises the Book of the Gospels as he celebrates the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on April 21st, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.

Explaining the cross to a child

Posted on April 18th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle admits he isn’t a parent, but he offers helpful advice for explaining the image of Christ crucified for a 4 year old. Also, a reader wonders, “How clean is the chalice at communion?”

God is on side of abused and violated, pope will say on Good Friday

Posted on April 15th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The often silent plight of sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence, prisoners, the abandoned elderly, the unemployed and immigrants facing hostility will be given a powerful voice during the Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday, for which Pope Francis will preside.

Spotting all the crosses of holy week, and every week

Posted on April 11th, 2014

Columnist Michelle Francl Donnay hopes the narratives of Jesus’ passion help her to see people bearing their cross. Will we help them carry their cross, and see Jesus in a thousand places?

‘The devil exists’ and doesn’t want you to follow Jesus, pope warns

Posted on April 11th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A lot of people, even Catholics, think that talking about the devil is completely old-fashioned, but anyone who wants to follow Jesus needs to know that Satan exists and will keep putting up obstacles to faith, Pope Francis said.

How much does a funeral Mass cost? Nothing, actually

Posted on April 11th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle clears up confusion about “selling” spiritual goods, which is the sin of simony, and the commonplace free-will offering of $10 for celebrating a funeral Mass. He also answers the letter of a Newtown Square writer about annulments.

Pope: Take up God’s offer to face life’s problems with his love, wisdom

A child gives Pope Francis a kiss as the pontiff arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 2. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) Posted on April 9th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People can choose either to tackle life’s challenges with the loving and wise heart of God or be driven by their own passions and interests, Pope Francis said.

Let someone else sacrifice, too

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

As we make sacrifices for others, we must also let others offer themselves to us, writes columnist Michelle Francl-Donnay. As Lent moves toward holy Week, she is listening for God’s voice and that of her brothers and sisters everywhere.

You can’t eat meat during Lent, but why feast on lobster?

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Father Ken Doyle responds to a reader that fish and shellfish may be consumed on abstinence days in Lent, such as Fridays, but indulging in a lavish seafood buffet sort of misses the point.

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