November is the month for prayerfully remembering our loved ones who have died, but our faith assures us of life after death.
As in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we, too, are called to give healing and comfort to others as Jesus has entrusted the ministry of healing to us, his church.
It is good to honor them together during the summer months that are marked by abundant hospitality to family members and neighbors in our homes and to vacationing worshipers in our churches.
Q: On Good Friday my pastor preached on the cross of Jesus as the tree of life, explaining that the tree of our defeat in the garden of Eden became the tree of our victory on Calvary. This was new to me. Can you say more about this? A: What your pastor preached about on […]
The solemnity of the Annunciation is really a good Lenten feast. It helps us to observe Lent by placing before us the sacred name of the Son announced to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel.
Q: Every year as Lent approaches I think about what I should be doing during this holy season, maybe something new. Do you have any suggestions? A: How about serving as an ambassador for Christ? The Eucharist of Ash Wednesday reminds us of our call to serve as ambassadors as we hear St. Paul telling […]
Looking backward and forward, it may not be too late to make some new year’s resolutions: to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom in respect for human life and in efforts for Christian unity.
I’ve read that the Alleluia verses before the Gospel reading at Mass during the week before Christmas are based on some ancient liturgical texts called the “O antiphons.” Can you please say something about them?
Q: In preparing to read the Scripture readings at the coming Sunday Masses, I noticed that the readings for the last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent all highlight the final, glorious coming of Christ. Why is that? Also, why is Advent the beginning of the liturgical year? Thank you. A: […]
I am pleased with most of the prefaces in the current Missal, but we need more Mass prayers on themes of ecology and for times of tragedy
If law and medicine can authorize the killing of the unborn child, then what logic can forbid law or medicine from destroying life at any other point in its development?
Q: I think more people would celebrate the feast of St. Cloud, our diocesan patron, on Sept. 7, if they knew more about him. Can you please give us something about his life? A: To celebrate St. Cloud is to celebrate the meaning of “vocation.” What makes a vocation to consecrated life or ordained ministry […]