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September 12, 2013

Not long ago, I took a call from a woman who was upset over gum chewing at Mass. Hers was not the first such complaint I have heard over the years. In fact, gum chewing at Mass is one of my pet peeves. Just do a little Googling on the subject and you will be amazed at the number of online articles, blogs, and church bulletins that speak out about the problem. Some of the stories are downright disturbing. Like the time someone found a waxy glob of gum stuck on the side of the hymnal rack with...

August 22, 2013

I like to read before I go to bed. Sometimes my little nightstand becomes a leaning tower with stacks of books piling up from my nightly reads. The book currently at the top of my stack is The Basic Book of the Eucharist by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik. This little book came to my attention while rummaging through my bookshelves trying to find something to read. I was only two...

August 2, 2013

The first funeral Mass I attended as a Catholic was for a young woman named Laura who died after a long illness. She was a kind person but was lapsed from her Catholic faith. She didn't hate the Church; she was simply indifferent. Most of those who knew her and prayed for her were confident that had she lived a while longer she would have come back to the Church.

Laura's funeral Mass was beautiful—that is, up until the homily. It was then that things took a turn for the weird. After...

July 18, 2013

Yep, it's summertime again. The sun is out full blast, air conditioners are working overtime, and we wear less clothing. Off go the closed-toe shoes and sweaters, on go the sandals, flip-flops, shorts, tank tops, and breezy little dresses. It's all good. After all, when the temperatures rise, keeping cool and maintaining that relaxed, laid-back feeling of summer is what it's all about. I'll even bet that most of us have at least one pair of flip-flops and some shorts in our closets right now...

June 27, 2013

A phrase I often use to measure whether something is worth the fight is, "What hill do you want to die on?" Will a victory here be worth the possibility of losing the fight?

In the sixteen years that I have been fielding apologetic calls at Catholic Answers, a year doesn’t go by that I don't receive calls or emails from frustrated parents of children preparing for their First Communion who want their children to receive the host on the tongue but are told by the teacher that it's not...