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Cup of salvation

The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they're asking in today's Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors. But the road to Christ's kingdom is by way ...



Proclaiming the Gospel with Joy in Papua New GuineaMaureen Crowley Heil

Bishop Donald Lippert, OFM, Cap shepherds the Diocese of Mendi, in the mountainous Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. In a place rich in beautiful scenery and strong local culture, Bishop ...

Will you stand with us in support of the Catholic Appeal?Rita and Kevin Gill

Our Catholic faith is deeply important to both of us, and we were so honored to be asked to serve as co-chairs of this year's Catholic Appeal. In this capacity, we hope to show our gratitude to our pastors, ...

To serve, not to be servedJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Most of the time, it's easy to respond to the Gospel with a hardy, "Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ," but sometimes it isn't. I suppose the readings that make us uncomfortable are the ones we need to ...

Smead Jolley -- the defense restsDick Flavin

If Smead Jolley were around today, he'd probably be a very famous ballplayer with a contract worth tens of millions of dollars. Alas for him, that wasn't the case at all; his career in the major leagues ...

The moral and spiritual purpose of the lawBishop Robert Barron

The text below is the homily Bishop Barron offered regarding Church and state and the true purpose of the law for the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The Red Mass ...

Disruptions in churchFather Kenneth Doyle

Recently, I responded in this column to a question about disruptions at Mass. The letter writer said that a parishioner had been creating a scene regularly in church -- throwing her arms toward the sky, ...

On not buying into the mythology of 'prestige' universitiesGeorge Weigel

Some years ago, a Catholic prep school invited me to address its parents' association on the future of Catholic education. After describing how a truly Catholic education, stressing human and sacramental ...

Lessons from the first female doctor of the churchFather Roger J. Landry

We are fast approaching the 400th anniversary of the most impressive canonization in the history of the Church, which took place March 12, 1622. Pope Gregory XV had the honors. Canonizations in this ...