Ad-libbing the Prayers of the Faithful There are some communities with a long tradition of intercessory prayer who have learned to formulate brief concrete intentions according to the indications given in the ritual, above all on weekdays or in small groups.
Gospel Reflection by a Layperson? No "reflection" of any kind may be given by a layperson during Mass except for those brief, prepared commentaries that may introduce some parts of the celebration according to liturgical norms.
Eucharist for Non-Catholics The Church recognizes that "in certain circumstances, by way of exception, and under certain conditions, access to these sacraments may be permitted, or even commended, for Christians of other Churches and ecclesial Communities."
When Should I Begin Discerning? It is OK at any age to ask if God is calling you to give your life to him. You can ask yourself the question even if there is no possibility of you doing it right away, and there is no urgency to it.
One Step at a Time I love God so much, above everything, even my family. How can I go forward when my family, my mom especially, is so determined to hold me back?
Preparation of the Gifts The practice described of preparing wine and water beforehand is not quite correct, although unfortunately not uncommon in some quarters.
Teach Evolution and Ask Hard Questions When the battle over the teaching of evolution erupted in Kansas, the New York Times picked Michael Behe, a Catholic, and a scientist critical of Darwinism, to comment on it. In this article, Behe offers an alternative approach to the problem.
Sr. or Dr.? The idea of studying to be a doctor is not practical. Not only will it be many years for something you may not use as a nun, but you will most probably end up with significant debts to be paid off.
Both Species from an Extraordinary Minister If no priest or deacon is available to distribute the Precious Blood in the circumstances where Communion under both kinds is permitted and customary, then it cannot be considered an abuse to avail of the services of an extraordinary minister of Communion
An Author for Catholic Teens In a world filled with so many complex media images confronting our families, itís a simple pleasure as a parent to be able to share a book with your teen. The trick is finding the right book and getting the teen to agree to read it.
How Can You Be Sure? If there is no clear sign in your life against a vocation, and there is some attraction based on a good, spiritual reason, then it boils down to what you are willing to do for God, how generous you want to be, how real you want to make your love.
Previously Consecrated Hosts for Concelebrants Each concelebrating priest truly offers the sacrifice of the Mass and he must complete his part of the sacrifice by partaking of both species offered at that Mass just as if he were celebrating alone.
INRI: Iíll Never Regret It As I returned home, at the end of the summer, I knew if God was really calling me to become a Sister, the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus would be the Order I would choose. I saw only good and dedicated women working for the Lord.
Random Thoughts Isnít it odd that Catholic pacifists, given a choice of two candidates who both say they will prosecute the war on terror to the full, would intervene on behalf of the candidate with a consistent anti-life record?
Breaking the Host Before Consecration This abuse seems to have arisen from a literal and somewhat dramatic interpretation of the words of the institution narrative of the consecration ďHe took the bread, broke itÖĒ
Serious Relationships Is it possible for me to deepen my love of God, to reach such a level in terms of my spirituality without experiencing that particular type of love on a human level?