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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is one of the Church’s great resources. Could you benefit from having a spiritual director? One wise director observes that spiritual direction is “always useful and sometimes necessary.”


What is the Catholic Worker Movement?

What is the Catholic Worker Movement?

Catholicism can be lived out in many ways. Members of the Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day ini 1933, commit themselves to voluntary poverty, prayer and non-violence. Their houses of hospitality provide food and shelter to thousands of people each year.


What Do We Know About Angels?

What Do We Know About Angels?

Angels seem to be everywhere in our culture–from popular books to greeting cards to movies. But what do we really know about these mysterious beings?


Why Does a Catholic Wedding Have to Take Place in a Church?

Why Does a Catholic Wedding Have to Take Place in a Church?

Website visitors sometimes ask how they can find a Catholic priest or deacon to officiate at their wedding that will not be held in a Catholic church. Have you wondered why Catholics are normally expected to marry in a Catholic church? Here’s the explanation.


What Rights Do Catholics Have in the Church?

Many Catholic laypersons don’t realize that they have certain rights in the Church, and those rights are protected by church law. Fr. Larry Rice identifies the major rights of the Catholic faithful.


What is the Kingdom of God?

What is the Kingdom of God?

Every time we recite the Our Father we pray “Thy Kingdom come.” The coming of God’s Kingdom was the central message in Jesus’ preaching, but it’s a complex idea. Fr. Rice sheds some light on the term.


Precepts of the Church

Precepts of the Church

We’ve all heard of the Ten Commandments, but do you know the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church? These “positive laws” set forth five obligations for Catholics. See what they are.


Why Do Catholics Make The Sign of the Cross?

A distinguishing mark of Catholics is their use of The Sign of the Cross. This ancient gestural prayer is used to begin and end prayers, and at other times as well.


What is World Youth Day?

What is World Youth Day?

This week thousands of Catholic teens and young adults will gather in Madrid to celebrate World Youth Day. What is this life-changing event and how can you participate from your own home?


What Are Holy Days of Obligation?

What Are Holy Days of Obligation?

On Monday, August 15, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven. It’s one of six Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Do you know the others?


Why Get Married in a Church?

Why Get Married in a Church?

Why does the Catholic Church normally expect couples to get married in church? Fr. Rice explains that while the park or the country club may be beautiful, a Catholic wedding requires sacred space.


The Unity Candle

The “Unity Candle” has become part of many wedding ceremonies. Does it have a place in a Catholic wedding?


Who Was Mary Magdalene?

Will the real Mary Magdalene please stand up? We don’t know much about this saint, whose feast we celebrate on July 22. She probably wasn’t as portrayed in “The Da Vinci Code,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” or “The Passion of the Christ.” What we do know is that she was a woman of faith who stood by Jesus to the end.


What Do Catholics Read?

What Do Catholics Read?

It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.


Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time?

On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.


What Do Catholics Believe About the End Times?

What Do Catholics Believe About the End Times?

Is the end of the world near? How can we know? Catholics believe that we are already living in the End Times. Father Larry Rice explains why.


Heaven: Is That All There Is?

Heaven: Is That All There Is?

All Christians hope to get to heaven. But our traditional images of heaven–clouds, harps and white-robed angels–can make it seem somewhat boring. What’s the problem with our language about heaven?


Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

On Sunday, June 12, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost, when Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Read more about Pentecost and why it’s considered the Church’s birthday.


What is the Ascension?

What is the Ascension?

On Sunday, June 5, most dioceses will celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus returned to the Father. Why couldn’t the risen Christ simply have stayed on earth, guiding the Church for all time?


What is a Patron Saint?

What is a Patron Saint?

The Catholic Church loves saints–so much, in fact, that it has designated particular saints as special advocates for individuals, countries and occupations. There is even a patron saint of the Internet: St. Isidore of Seville. How can patron saints help us?


How Saints Are Made

How Saints Are Made

What does it take to be declared a saint in the Catholic Church? How many saints does the Church recognize? Can anyone become a saint? Here’s a short, step by step guide to the process.


What Does the Church Believe About Mary?

Do Catholics “worship” Mary? What are some of the Church’s key beliefs about Mary? Read more about the first and greatest disciple of Jesus.


What is the Acts of the Apostles?

What is the Acts of the Apostles?

If you attend a Catholic Mass during the Easter season, you’ll hear a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Why is this New Testament book unique and how does it speak to Christians today?


Apostles and Disciples

Apostles and Disciples

During the Easter Season, many liturgical readings focus on the activities of the Apostles and Disciples. Who are they and is there a difference?


What is Sacred Chrism?

During Lent, especially during Holy Week, priests in each diocese come together to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. What is chrism and how is it used?


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