Doug Culp is the CAO and secretary for pastoral life for the Diocese of Lexington, Ky. He holds an MA in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
The Church believes Christ instituted this sacrament especially to strengthen us when we are being tried by illness.
Sin always breaks our personal communion with God. Healing this rupture requires reconciliation with both God and Christ’s body, the Church.
The seeds of faith planted in baptism grow into fullness at confirmation.
Baptism leads us to the threshold of new life and is the source of this new life in Christ.
Pope Francis teaches, Christ is to be encountered “in the web of human relationships” that is the Church.
The question of suffering is something that each and every person will most assuredly confront at some point or other, as suffering in its various forms finds us all.