‘The emphasis of pro-life medicine…has always been bringing Jesus Christ back as the divine physician.’ Dr. John Bruchalski once killed babies for a living; now, he fights to keep them alive. Dr. Bruchalski once weighed babies who were born prematurely to mothers who didn’t want them to determine whether they should be classified as “medical
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
As Catholics, we are accustomed to having religious objects “blessed,” which signifies the permanent sanctification and dedication of an object for some sacred purpose. I think every weekend someone asks me as well as the other priests to bless a rosary, a statue, or some other religious object. Once a religious object is blessed and
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
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
Q: In the Catholic Herald (April 23-29), there was the article, “Personal, intimate devotion to Mary.” I was surprised to read Father Majorano’s comment, “The sense of Pope Francis’ devotion to Mary is a little more personal, more intimate than St. John Paul’s was. Pope Francis expresses that feeling that exists between a son and
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
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
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.
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.