Celibacy Sounds Incredibly Lonely. Are You Lonely? I definitely am not lonely! Why not? Well, first of all on the inside I am not lonely because Christ is always with me. And on the outside I am not lonely because I have many "brothers" I work with who all live the same life …
Prayer to Discover and Follow My Vocation Lord, grant me the light I need to see the next step in that plan; grant me the generosity I need to set aside my own plans in favor of yours; and grant me the strength I need to put my hands to your plough and never turn back.
If I Think I Have a Vocation, What Should I Do? The first thing to do is make a decision. No matter what your age, if you think you might have a vocation, make the decision that you are going to follow it, no matter what. That is something you do in prayer ...
Parent in Training - The Legend of Peabody Like most parents, I was sure that each of our children was the cutest baby in history. But I admit that when our son started on solid foods, there were moments when I had my doubts.
Three Easy Ways to Promote Vocations The Church needs priests if it is to survive. We all need priests if we are to fulfill the vocation God has given each of us. Now, more than ever, the priesthood needs the support of all the Faithful.
Harry Potter vs. Gandalf An in-depth analysis of the literary use of magic in the works of J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.
How Brides Should Dress Catholic.net would like to share with its readers this weekly column that ZENIT has launched featuring common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.
What is Spiritual Consecration? It is something private and spiritual between you and Jesus, it is not binding like a formal consecration, but it is a beautiful and helpful thing to do if you think you may be called to consecrate yourself to him someday.
And Also With You When the presider at Mass greets the assembly with the words "The Lord be with you" he extends his arms to all in a gesture of pouring out this wish and blessing ...
The Media's Stem Cell Confusion The confusion is especially likely for those who get their news from broadcast media, which are always looking for the shortest possible way to identify an issue. In a case like the stem cell research debate, one word is key: embryonic.
Should Lectors Sit in the Pews? The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that extraordinary ministers of Communion only approach the altar after the priest has received Communion. But we must distinguish between approaching the altar and being present in the sanctuary.
Is 18 too Young? Now, there are some seminaries that will simply not accept candidates who have not done a degree. Others do. You will have to search.
Parent in Training - Timing is Everything My son has taught me much about timing and keeping commitments. One of my big lessons came when he was about 6 years old and playing organized baseball for the first time.
Contemplating Dating I am sure you can deduce from what I am saying that usually we should not even question putting God first. It is the natural Christian response. That is the general principle.
Eucharistic Prayer for the Celebrant(s) Alone? Why has the Eucharistic Prayer always been reserved to the celebrant/concelebrants? It is worded in first person plural, and so it might seem appropriate for everyone to join in, as in the Credo?
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.