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In 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.
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.”
We 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.
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.”
A 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.
No 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.