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Come to the quiet

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Michelle Francl-Donnay hears that silent retreats in the Buddhist tradition are becoming popular. So she traces the ancient Catholic practice of seeking silence – perhaps by taking a retreat — and finding God.

Without Adam and Eve’s sin, would the Redeemer be needed?

Posted on August 14th, 2014

In explaining evolution and original sin, Father Ken Doyle writes the Redeemer was necessary from the beginning to open the path to heaven and to enable us to direct our lives outward.

There’s a new pastor, and parishioners aren’t happy

Posted on August 8th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle addresses a reader’s dilemma when the new parish pastor arrives late for daily Mass and rambles in his homily. Also, a reader counts less than three days for Jesus to lie in the tomb, and wonders why.

Grace and the ‘gift’ of tears

Posted on August 8th, 2014

Tears are complicated visitors that arrive beyond our control and touch something deep in us that we can’t express or explain, writes Effie Caldarola. They also lead her to reflect on the Jesuit prayer of total surrender to God.

Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on August 6th, 2014

Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.

‘Thanks’ or ‘no thanks’ when a Muslim offers to pray for you?

Posted on August 1st, 2014

A reader wonders whether to thank or decline a Muslim woman’s prayers. There’s no harm in thanking her for prayers, Father Ken Doyle writes, reminding us we are all children of the one God.

Catholics have questions of liturgy after death

Posted on July 25th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle clarifies church teaching on a funeral for a non-Catholic spouse, and the presence of cremated remains in a Catholic funeral Mass.

Is it OK to attend a Presbyterian service instead of Mass?

Posted on July 18th, 2014

Just because it is hard for people to understand the African immigrant priest at Mass is no reason for them to dismiss the obligation for Sunday Mass, writes Father Ken Doyle in his weekly Q & A column.

Catholics love statues, but not as idols — and the Bible approves

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle explains Catholics don’t worship statues, and even points to a Bible passage directing that sacred images be created.

Is Pope Francis still considered a Jesuit?

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

A reader from Philadelphia asks Father Ken Doyle if the pope is still a Jesuit since members of the order vow to obey the pontiff. Also, Father Doyle advises a reader to pray for people rather than spreading rumors about them.

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