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July 25, 2013

As a new Catholic many years ago, there were two rituals during the Mass that particularly appealed to me: holding hands during the Our Father and extending the sign of peace. Now I go out of my way to avoid the former (head bowed, hands folded) and oftentimes find myself gritting my teeth during the latter (not feeling peaceful at all, to be honest). For the purpose of this post, I'll focus on the sign of peace.

The...

May 10, 2013

Tomorrow marks the thirty-third anniversary of my first Holy Communion, a day that I remember vividly and with great fondness. My firstborn son, Joshua, is preparing for his first Communion, and over the last few months we have been engaged in some wonderful conversations as he explores the mystery of the Eucharist.

For years now, our family bedtime ritual has included time for Scripture reading, followed by some basic theological reflection and prayer. I have always marveled at how...

May 8, 2013

Perhaps you've noticed that we live in a "me first!" culture. We want what we want when we want it exactly the way we want it. The fast-food chain Burger King has trained a generation of Americans to "Have it your way!" That's all well and good when ordering a Whopper, but it is a poor attitude to have in other areas of life.

In the Church the "have it your way" attitude shows up in many areas of parish life. Here are a sampling that I've pulled from common questions we receive at...

April 29, 2013

Last week while I was working at my computer, my phone chimed with an incoming text. I decided to go with the distraction, so I picked up the phone to read:

I need to miss adoration tonight. Are you going to be there? If not, I'll make it.

The text was from my partner in eucharistic adoration. We fill the same late-night slot at a local parish that offers perpetual adoration. I quickly responded, "No worries, I'll be there."

The brief...

April 18, 2013

Do you know just how hard it is to go to Mass once a week and on a handful more days each year? Judging by the questions the apologists at Catholic Answers receive on the subject, you would think that trying to find a Catholic church at which a Catholic can attend Mass is as difficult a venture as manned space flight to Mars.

When I first started answering this question, I assured each questioner that if it is truly impossible to get to a church for Mass on a Sunday or holy day of...