Two turtledoves

St. Gregory the Great: ‘The Mass will be a sacrifice for us to God, when we have made an offering of ourselves’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika Bring an offering and enter His courts, worship the Lord in His temple.”— Psalm 96:8-9 What do you bring? To those who say, …

What is celibacy, exactly?

Living out chastity for the kingdom of heaven is not ‘unnatural’—it is supernatural By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Recently, I was asked about priestly celibacy by a person interested in becoming Catholic. The practice of priestly celibacy is viewed with suspicion, he explained, because Protestants are unfamiliar with it, …

It seemed like a good day as any for a miracle

The walker’s earbuds go quiet, and the voice of God speaks—or does it? By George Valadie It was a recent Thursday morning, about 11:30 give or take, and it seemed like as good a day and time as any for a miracle. I mean one of those really big ones. …

A lesson from the Book of Tobit

Giving up traditions, despite the circumstances, could lead to our forgetting who we are By Bob Hunt I recently read the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament. Tobit is a marvelous book. It’s a novella about a man who goes blind, then sends his son on a journey to …

Our greatest dignity

Great is the dignity of our share in the priesthood of Christ and in its different ways of participating in it By Bishop Richard F. Stika “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own…” — 1 Peter 2:9 Great is our dignity. …

The catholicity of the Catholic Church

Through every century, the Mass is the same: tell the story, pray the prayers, break the bread By Bob Hunt Every so often, I am struck by the catholicity of the Catholic Church. This usually happens when I am attending Mass on an occasion that brings together Catholics from all …

Can the existence of evil disprove God’s existence?

If God is all good, why doesn’t He stop people from doing bad things? The answer lies in freedom By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The existence of evil is a common objection to the existence of God, or at least to a personal God who is all-knowing and all-good. …

The economics of a worldwide pandemic

Everything from beer to ink is running low, but so is the most significant item: kindness By George Valadie I loved teaching high school economics. It was without question my favorite above all the others. And I’ve taught a few others along the way. World history, sociology, biology, English, basic …

Why do people do good?

The answer is that it makes us happy and fulfilled; open up to God and begin to act for the good By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Humans always act for a purpose. Voluntary acts are by definition purposeful. Involuntary acts, which we don’t choose—such as breathing—are not something to …

In the spirit of Job

A homily in response to Pope Francis’ new directives on the Latin Mass Challenges that face the faithful should serve to strengthen their faith, not incite divisiveness By Father David Carter Job, Judas, and Peter — three figures speak to me this Sunday. The Book of Job is probably the …

Lunch, dinner, and the morning Diet Coke

A new retiree and his wife may most often be found enjoying those things on their back porch By George Valadie Hey, what’s retirement like?” It’s a question we’ve been asked quite a bit since we started this new phase of our lives a little over a month ago. To …

Four central dogmas related to the Blessed Mother

As the solemnity of the Assumption approaches, it is good to reflect on her role in our salvation By Bob Hunt Every August, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It is a good time to reflect on the four central dogmas of the Church related to …