Sitting in the Side Pew
A Retreat Guide on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Why does the Church canonize saints? It doesn’t help them; after all, they are already in heaven. It’s meant to help us! The saints’ amazing spiritual maturity reminds... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Can the Eucharist be “holier” if the priest is holier?”

Q: A while back a friend brought up a question that I have been wondering about for some time. He basically said that the Eucharist is always Christ, but that the Eucharist will be holier if the priest performing the consecration is holier. Is this true? -K. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The short answer to your question... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When asked a question should I be honest or not?”

Q: If someone asks me a question about if I witnessed someone doing something, and my saying “Yes” could potentially cause repercussions and consequences, should I be honest or not? -J. [Editor’s note: The subject field of this e-mail read, “Should I be honest even if it creates a danger for another... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: If I live a great distance from a Catholic church, can I be released from attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation?”

Q: If I move to a remote part of Arkansas and am 80 to 100 miles from the closest parish, would I be released from the “holy day of obligation” as far as having to go to Mass? To travel such a distance would practically ruin the aspect of being able to rest on this day. Wouldn’t having a Liturgy of the Word,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: We were born imperfect… How can I help others understand this?”

Q: I am engaged in graduate-level biblical study, but for personal reasons, I still pursue courses that might fall into the personal growth, self-help or New Age categories. I like to keep in touch with that world since this is what many people my age turn to instead of religion, and I am working with those people at a coaching... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When does a person receive the anointing of the sick?”

Q: My dad is ill with cancer. My aunt wants his last rites done. I said it isn’t time yet since he doesn’t even know he has cancer. He is coherent, it hasn’t hit his brain, so we have time. Had she suggested anointing of the sick, I would have agreed. Last rites would make him lose hope. She told me all Catholics... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is our personal participation in debt considered immoral and sinful?”

Q: Pope Francis has called debt immoral. It is easy to see that we are to care for the poor — the others — and not be guided by the “me” consumerism of our day. My question: Is our personal participation in debt (i.e., borrowing money, credit cards, etc.) considered immoral and sinful? Could simply using... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why are there not more miracles today as in the Early Church?”

Q: Scripture records how commonplace it was for miraculous healings to take place throughout the apostles’ ministries … even when the shadow of an apostle’s cloak passed over someone. Why is it only very rare to hear of physical healings in the Church today? Why has God greatly limited the graces given to... Get the Answer!

Strength Of Thousands: A Retreat Guide On The Sacrament Of Confirmation – Audio

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The Tomb And The Pearl: A Retreat Guide for Easter – Audio

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