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Why do we offer Mass for the repose of souls?

The practice of offering the holy Mass for the repose of the soul of the deceased originates in the early church. The catechism teaches, “From the beginning the church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain










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‘Easter Duty’ explained in Full

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Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose for our salvation– to forgive our sins and to offer us everlasting life in Heaven.  Moreover, He wanted His healing ministry of forgiveness for sin to continue through the Sacrament of Penance.  On the night of the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the apostles and said, “As the










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How does the Last Supper relate to Passover?

Q: During Holy Week, I read the Passion stories of Jesus’ Last Supper, Crucifixion and Resurrection. It seems confusing: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke have Jesus and the apostles eating a Passover meal, but the Gospel of St. John has Jesus dying before Passover began. Is there a reason for this? — A










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What are the origins of the May Crowning?

Q: (The) Catholic Herald had an article about the May Crowning at St. William of York (Church) in Stafford. (When I was) growing up, my parish never had such events. I never experienced them until moving to the Diocese of Arlington. What is the background for this devotion? — A reader in Alexandria A: The










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The Deal with the Eucharistic Fast

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Full Question Is it a sin if one does not fast before receiving the Eucharist? Answer The essence of sin is not the mere breaking of a law but in the attitude that leads to the breaking of the law (Mark 9:15). The eucharistic fast is in place to help us appreciate what we are










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Don’t Draw Jesus as a Woman

Full Question Is it considered disrespectful if I draw Jesus as a female for my theology class about enculturation? Answer Of course it would be, since he is a man and not a woman. It would be a lie, and he has identified Himself as the Truth. By Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.










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Why Jesus Wanted to Keep the Transfiguration Secret

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Full Question Why were the disciples not allowed to tell anyone about the Transfiguration? Answer Only Peter, James, and John witnessed our Lord’s Transfiguration—a prefigurement of his resurrected glory (Matt. 17:1-8). Afterward, Jesus forbade them to discuss this event until after he had risen from the dead (Matt. 17:9). In his commentary on the Gospe ofl St.










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