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Catholics love blessings; there is a blessing for almost anything and anyone. But what is a blessing and how is it effective?

How to Make Moral Decisions

How to Make Moral Decisions

How can a couple discern God’s will when making moral decisions? That’s a critical question in any marriage. Moral decision-making is a process that includes prayerful reflection, conversation, and evaluation before reaching a conclusion. Here are some specific steps.

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer

Prayer is essential to Christian life, and the Catholic tradition offers various ways to pray. Many Christians have benefited from contemplative prayer, which is less about saying things to God than listening to what God is saying to us.

Why Martyrs Are Important

On Saturday, June 30, the Church celebrates the Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. What makes a person a martyr and why does the Church consider them important?

Selling the Sacred

People sometimes wonder why a parish may request a donation for hosting a wedding. Fr. Rice explains that sacraments are not for sale, and why the Church discourages commerce in sacred objects.

God Is Love: The Heart of Christian Faith

Here’s an excellent choice for your summer spiritual reading. Fr. Kelly’s new book offers “a meditation on what it means to identify God as love.” He hopes it will encourage readers to contemplate God’s “awe-inspiring transcendence” and the transforming reality of divine love.

Where’s My Parish?

Couples who wish to marry in the Catholic Church are advised to contact the parish priest of the bride or groom to get the process started. But couples move around and they may not know what parish they’re in. Fr. Rice explains how everyone is part of a parish.

The Trinity

The Trinity is a central doctrine of Christianity, but most Christians struggle to explain it. Fr. Rice offers some helpful insights.

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Spring is the season of confirmations. Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament, but it’s also seen as a rite of passage. Fr. Rice explains why these two realities can be in tension.

The Common Good: A Call to Charity and Justice

Our series on Catholic Social Teaching concludes with a consideration of the principle of the Common Good.

Catholic Social Teaching: Subsidiarity

Catholic Social Teaching: Subsidiarity

Our mini-course on Catholic Social Teaching continues with the principle of subsidiarity.

Solidarity: Working for the Common Good

Solidarity: Working for the Common Good

Our look at Catholic Social Teaching continues with a consideration of the principle of solidarity. In a society organized for competition, what does it mean to stress cooperation and harmony?

Relating the Cross to Married and Family Life

This year the meditations for the 14 Stations of the Cross in Rome where composed by Danilo and Annamaria Zanzucchi, an Italian couple who have been married for 59 years. The couple “wanted to make sure that these texts bore the mark of a lived Christian experience and, at the same time, reflected our understanding of the Passion as it has developed through years of contact with thousands of couples.”

The Easter Vigil

For the Catholic Church, the Easter Vigil is its most important feast. Participants joyously celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead and welcome new members into the Church. But the Easter Vigil doesn’t just celebrate something God did in the past; it also celebrates what God is doing in our lives today.

How To Go To Confession

How To Go To Confession

It’s Lent, when many Catholics receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to prepare for Easter. Has it been a while since you’ve gone to confession? Here are six simple tips that will make it easier to return to the sacrament.

Why Do Catholics Give Things Up for Lent?

For many Catholics, Lent means giving up a favorite food or recreation. These small sacrifices are in keeping with the penitential nature of the season. But there’s a right way and a wrong way of giving something up for Lent, says Paulist Father Larry Rice.

What Do Catholics Believe About Lent?

For Catholics, Lent is a special time marked by repentance, prayer, fasting and works of charity. Read a brief introduction to this holy season.

The Church’s Best Kept Secret

The Church’s Best Kept Secret

The Church’s social teaching is always relevant, but many seem to discover it only during election years. Here’s a brief introduction to its main principles.



What does it mean to say that someone has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church? This penalty is incurred for specific public acts that the Church finds singularly offensive. But no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace and mercy.

Ordinary Time

There’s nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, says Fr. Rice. This liturgical season, which began January 10, offers the opportunity to grow in our faith through our everyday experiences.

A Spiritual End-of-the-Year List

It’s the end of the year–a time to evaluate and to make lists: best movies, biggest news stories, best dressed, and so on. In the Catholic spiritual tradition, we have a method of self-evaluation that might be a valuable spiritual exercise at this time of year. It’s called an “examination of conscience.”

A Little Advent Music

While the Church is celebrating Advent, society is bombarding us with Christmas songs. Is there any Advent music to draw us into the spirit of the present season?

The Immaculate Conception

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, a feast celebrated on December 8, is the national patroness of the United States. Yet the term “Immaculate Conception” is often misunderstood. What does it mean?

How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

Many couples would like to pray together, but don’t know how to begin. Here are four simple steps to get started, based on the structure of the Mass.

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.”

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