Articles
September 30, 2016

Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Archangels and Powerful Spiritual Allies Sent by Love and for Love

The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of…
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June 16, 2016

The Ripping of the Veil

On Ash Wednesday 2004, I was one of many Christians who stood in line for the opening of Mel Gibson's cinematic passion play, The Passion of the Christ. If I…
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February 17, 2016

Joy Delights in the Beloved

"Well done, good and faithful servant," says the master in Jesus’ parable, who had traveled far away, leaving his men to engage in the risks of life. "Now enter into…
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Q&A
January 22, 2016

If a person repents of a mortal sin and receives absolution, does that mean he has to start all over on the path to salvation?

Full Question In the February 1994 "Quick Questions" column you stated that when a person commits mortal sin he implicitly rejects God and the entire life of holiness he had…
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January 11, 2016

Why does the Church teach that works can obtain salvation?

Full Question Why does the Roman Catholic Church teach the doctrine of "works righteousness," that through good works one can earn salvation? Answer The Catholic Church has never taught such…
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June 2, 2015

Failures are par for the course toward salvation, says Pope Francis

    The road to salvation may be pitted with failures, but God uses them and overturns them to manifest his love for his people, said Pope Francis. Reflecting on the…
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October 15, 2014

Salvation Outside the Church

"The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men" (CCC 780). While it is normatively  necessary for one…
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Q&A
October 12, 2014

Can someone in hell be saved through our prayers?

Question: Why does the Church pray for the dead? Can our prayers save someone already condemned to hell? Answer: Some Protestants say its wrong to pray for the dead, however…
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September 21, 2014

Mary, Mother of Salvation

My first personal encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary happened while I was a student at an Evangelical Anglican seminary in England. I had been brought up as an Evangelical…
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