Liturgy

This Monday we’re going to be celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What’s going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What does the word […]

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If you look at old indulgences (e.g., as found on holy cards from before the 1960s), you’ll find that they often contain a reference to a certain number of “days.” What do those days represent? If you’ve got a 500 days indulgences, what does that mean? Does it mean you get out of purgatory 500 […]

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The Gospel reading for December 19 contains the familiar story of Zechariah in the temple. You can read it here. It is the occasion when the Angel Gabriel appears to him to announce the birth of John the Baptist. Although the story is familiar, there are some fascinating details in this account, and their significance […]

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The third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” In the readings, we hear about miracles associated with the Messianic age, its coming, and what we need to do to prepare. We also learn about the doubts of John the Baptist, how he dealt with them, and the blessing that makes us even more […]

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December 12 is the commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the United States, the day is a feast. Linked to this day is December 9, which is the optional memorial of Juan Diego, to whom she appeared. Here are 6 things to know and share . . .   1) Who was Juan Diego? […]

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December 8th is ordinarily celebrated as the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year in the U.S., it’s being celebrated on Monday, December 9th. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and it is a holy day of obligation. Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way […]

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This Sunday’s readings take us from Old Testament prophecies of the future Messiah to the union of Jew and Gentile in God’s kingdom. They also bring us to the herald of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the mysterious image of Jesus’ “winnowing fan.” Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) […]

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Anti-Catholics often charge that Catholics “re-crucify” Jesus through the sacrifice of the Mass. If we were, that would be a problem, because the Bible repeatedly indicates that Jesus suffered and died “once for all.” What’s really going on here? How should we understand the relationship of the Mass to the sacrifice of the Cross?   […]

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This Sunday I went out for breakfast after Mass, which is something I very rarely do. I almost never eat out, but I decided to do so as a way of celebrating the Lord’s Day. While I was waiting in the restaurant, I was reading Facebook and discovered that the planned worldwide, Eucharistic exposition was […]

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  It has been widely reported that, when he was still the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis washed the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Now he has done so as pope. Did he break the Church’s law? What does this event mean, and how can we […]

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