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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.


Excommunication

Excommunication

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.”


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.


Sharing the Faith With Your Child: From Birth to Age Four

“Becoming Parents” and “Being a Family”–two sections in this helpful, easy-to-read book–are not exactly the same. The authors offer good advice for both processes, as well as for the subjects of the other two sections, “Being a Catholic Family” and “Raising Children in Today’s World.”


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?


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?


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