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Have trust that miscarried children come to Jesus in heaven

Posted on November 24th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleIn answering the question of a reader anguished by the death of a child in miscarriage, Father Doyle expresses complete confidence that her son or daughter is in heaven and that she will one day join the child in the joy of God’s presence.

Money matters: ‘Shopping’ in church; charging interest isn’t usury, usually

Posted on November 20th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle in his weekly column answers one reader’s question about selling goods in church and another’s about the possible sinfulness of interest on a loan.

Recognize God’s closeness, extend it to others, pope says

Laborers in Yangon, Myanmar, carry baskets loaded with gravel used for construction Nov. 6. Pope Francis says faith means to see God at work and in different cultures. (CNS photo/Rungroj Yongrit, EPA) Posted on November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis, who began but never finished a doctorate based on the writings of Father Romano Guardini, encouraged the Berlin-based foundation named for the philosopher to promote dialogue based on his writings because he “is a thinker who has much to say to people of our age.”

See yourself not in a portrait, but in a mosaic of Christ

Posted on November 12th, 2015

Gina ChristianWe don’t know what Jesus really looked like, but writer Gina Christian explains that Jesus reveals his likeness as a mosaic, an image made out of thousands of smaller images. When we step back, we see a beautiful whole; and when we lean in, we see each other.

Jesus, the personification of wisdom

Posted on November 12th, 2015

Deacon Bill MasapolloFor Deacon Bill Masapollo, living with wisdom means being holy, agile and tranquil in dealing with all that life dishes out.

The ‘hard saying’ of the Eucharist explained for a child

Posted on November 5th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleThe Eucharist really is the body and blood of Christ, and Father Ken Doyle writes that there are ways of explaining that to the young and not so young.

Gospel readings shouldn’t be edited at will

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle explains to a reader that a priest or deacon may choose a shorter approved reading, but may not avoid verses seen as controversial or challenging.

Pope: God feels compassion for everyone, sent his son to heal humanity

Pope Francis kisses a baby during an audience with Roma, Sinti and Irish Travelers and other itinerant communities in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 26.(CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 30th, 2015

There is a difference between compassion and pity, he said at the Mass in the chapel of his residence Oct. 30. “I can feel pity for a dog that is dying,” he said, but compassion, especially God’s compassion, is a whole different thing. It is putting oneself in the other’s place “with the father’s heart.”

Marked with the sign of faith, we’re bound in life and death

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Michelle Francl-DonnayA small cemetery in the rough countryside of Ireland reminds Michelle Francl Donnay of the obligation – from the Latin word “to bind” – to pray on All Souls Day for all the dead, be they family or the unremembered.

Why the bias for a priest at Communion time?

Posted on October 26th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleNo answer of Father Ken Doyle to readers’ questions has generated more response than this: It’s the same Eucharist no matter whether a priest or lay person distributes it, and it’s not worth worrying about.

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