Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady This liturgical attribution of Saturday to Mary was largely the work of Alcuin (735-804), the Benedictine monk who was "Minister of Education" as the court of Charlemagne and who contributed in a decisive manner to the Carolingian liturgical reform.
Debunking The Da Vinci Code Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel provide the definitive debunking of a book that might not have a single fact that is true within it.
How to Defend Marriage Just as most abortion proponents want to skip the debate about when life begins and argue about “choice” instead, most homosexual activists want to skip the argument about what marriage is.
Substituting the "Lamb of God" The short answer to this, and to similar questions regarding priests altering prescribed texts or composing new ones, is no. But in some countries and religious congregations, small additions have been made with proper authorization from the Holy See.
God's Will Let’s see if I can shed a little light on your question. It is not enough to say everything that happens is God’s will, and all we have to do is accept it passively. That is more like fatalism.
Family Forum: Email at Its Best In a world of roughly 6.3 billion people, that amounts to at least 170 messages a year for every human being on the planet. And the vast majority don't even have computers yet.
A Strong Rosary Helps Give Soldiers Strength Sgt. 1st Class Frank Ristaino invented what a growing number of soldiers consider the mother of all rosaries—the Ranger Rosary, an ultra-tough model that comes in a variety of military colors.
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