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May 17, 2013
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

The year was 1897. A young Carmelite nun lay dying of tuberculosis. It was a custom in many religious communities of the time for consecrated religious to circulate a brief biography of deceased members as a remembrance and to encourage prayer for the repose of the dead. While she lay on her deathbed, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus could hear two of her sisters...

May 16, 2013

Celebrant:  Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian parents? 

Godparents: We are.

(The Rites of the Catholic Church)

Most of those promises made by well-meaning godparents at the baptismal font are more often than not left at the door of the church. Friends of mine tell me that they rarely have contact with their godparents. Some don't even know where they are, or...

May 16, 2013

Are you able to quote book, chapter, and verse numbers for every Bible passage that you know? If not, does it prevent you from engaging in faith discussions with people who are able to?

I often hear from Catholics who admit that they are intimidated by how well many anti-Catholics seem to know the Bible. When challengers come around slinging Bible verses left and right, these otherwise knowledgeable Catholics clam up, shying away from the conversation in fear of embarrassment...

May 15, 2013
A frustrated doctor

So, I’m getting married to the most amazing woman in the world on Saturday. I know. Pretty exciting, right? Amid the whirlwind of preparation I decided to go to the doctor and get a physical just to make sure I start off marriage without any unexpected problems. I was expecting a full battery of tests but after a quick overview with the stethoscope the doctor said, “Well, everything looks fine. I think we should just do an STD test.”

“But I’ve never had any sexual partners, so I don’t...

May 15, 2013

It seems that not a week goes by that we at Catholic Answers do not hear from parents who are having second thoughts about the appropriateness of a godparent of one of their children. See if you can pick out a common thread in these tales of woe:

My wife and I have best friends that recently separated. One has lost contact for over two years with our children and he was a godparent. As we have not had any contact, birthday cards, or even a phone call, I am in no position...