Church Teaching Q&A~Catholicism 101
An Introduction to PrayerPrayer is like breathing for the soul. Did you ever try to stop breathing for a few days? What would happen to your body in that case happens to your Christian life when you stop praying. Teach Evolution and Ask Hard QuestionsWhen 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. All Souls DayChrist’s death and resurrection won eternal life for everyone. Yet the fruit of his redeeming work needs to be personally appropriated. Christ the KingYes, he was indeed on a mission to rescue his people from the power of darkness (Col 1:12). But his crown was of thorns rather than of gold. His weapon was the cross rather than a sword. He came to serve rather than to be served. Getting More out of the MassNothing and no one can stop us from being in Jesus’ presence to receive him and give ourselves to him. The bad news is, if we don’t get anything out of Mass, there’s no one to blame but ourselves. ThanksgivingBut thanksgiving can’t be limited to Sunday Eucharist. We are called to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. We’re called, in this year of the Eucharist, to become a eucharistic people. Holy FamilyWe learn our native tongue not from our schoolteachers, but from our parents. We pick up from them, as by osmosis, attitudes, mannerisms, gestures, and habits. Like it or not, we are profoundly influenced not only by our genes, but by our family experie EpiphanyGold may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken – there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle. The Baptism of the LordThe Gospels say that Jesus went to John the Baptist by the Jordan River, desiring to receive from him the baptism of repentance. The Presentation of the LordOur Lady is the first and most exalted model for every consecrated person. Dear brothers and sisters, let yourselves be guided by her. Turn to her for help with humble trust, especially in moments of trial. Why Lent Has Forty Days. . . But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days. Lent: The Journey of ReconciliationThis is the invitation that the liturgy addresses to us at the beginning of Lent, urging us to be aware of the gift of salvation offered, in Christ, to everyone. Transfiguration, Lent, and the PassionPrinted Appearances can be deceiving. After all, Jesus was just another Galilean. His hands were the rough hands of a workman. People in Nazareth knew his mother. Some even remembered the man that was his dad. Our Faith: The EucharistThe holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means The Mass Is a Banquet“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (John 6:53) Religion in AmericaWhat is happening to Christianity in America? Are the number of believers increasing or decreasing? What is happening with the Protestant interpretation of the Bible with regard to gay and lesbians? Embryonic Stem-Cell Research (Part One)Is it moral and ethical to harvest embryos? If certain medical cures are developed from taking the life of the embryo would it be morally wrong to use the cure? IndulgencesA study on the misunderstandings surrounding what an indulgence is and is not. CrucifixionJesus died in the most dreaded way in the ancient world, it was a death reserved for slaves and criminals. The routine of crucifixion was always the same. When the case had been heard and the criminal condemned, the judge uttered the fateful sentence: “You go to the cross.” SuicideFrom the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read "2282 If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal. Voluntary co-operation in suicide is contrary to the moral law.
Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.
2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.< Previews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next >