“Ask a Priest: Is a General Confession Just for a Select Few?

Q: My questions regard a general confession. I have a friend who has been out of the Church for many years. He is having a very difficult time on all levels (spiritually, emotionally and physically). Because I care for him and want to see him better... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: What If I’m Surrounded by Unhappy Co-workers?”

Q: I am employed in a temporary position over the summer, and my office is filled with unhappy people. I’m doing my best to keep a positive attitude and to find strength in God, but I’m having a hard time keeping the negativity out of my... [Read more...]

Teacher and Lord: A Lenten Retreat Guide on the Last Supper

During the first centuries of Christianity, the forty days leading up to Holy Week took on a special significance. Those forty days are called Lent, a name taken from the Old English word meaning “spring.” The liturgical season of Lent is meant to... [Read more...]

The Christmas Apostle: A Retreat Guide on St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist, more than any other of the Eleven Apostles, was wonderfully fascinated by the amazing, marvelous event of God becoming man and living among us. His writings are filled to the brim with this fascination, which is one reason why... [Read more...]

Love One Another: A Retreat Guide on St. Thérèse’s Little Way of Charity

Written by Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD Christ’s great commandment is that we love one another as he has loved us. Inasmuch as we live that out, we are Christians in name and in fact. But we encounter an obstacle:... [Read more...]

A Virgin’s Courage: A Retreat Guide on St. Kateri Tekakwitha

In most parts of the world, the Church is right now undergoing “difficult moments.” And so, our pursuit of holiness is right now “even more urgent.” This Retreat Guide on St. Kateri Tekakwitha, A Virgin’s Courage, is designed to help us renew... [Read more...]

The One Thing Needed
A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary

Today’s world offers us so much!  Wherever we go, products and possibilities battle raucously for our attention and our commitment.  Visual noise, mind noise, noise noise… Amidst all the noise, how can we focus on what really matters? In this Retreat... [Read more...]

Unleashing the Power of Pentecost
A Retreat Guide on the Holy Spirit

With Pentecost, a new liturgical season will begin. Every new liturgical season is a spiritual fresh start, a spiritual clean slate. God is already getting ready for it – preparing the graces he wants to give you and the work he wants you to accomplish... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Can the Souls in Purgatory Be Tempted?”

Q: Do the souls in purgatory still experience temptation from the devil? Can they still be tormented by the devil in purgatory? If there are different levels in purgatory, does that mean the lowest level is nearest hell? If so, can the souls in the lowest... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: What If Relatives Don’t Want to Attend Our Non-Catholic Wedding?”

Q: My fiancé and I are non-denominational Christians and are getting married in our church. Our families, however, are devout Catholics and are very uncomfortable with this. They do not think that a marriage such as ours will be considered valid or... [Read more...]

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