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Freely Offer Forgiveness

 We recently celebrated the greatest of feasts: Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, which makes all life here and hereafter possible, fruitful and everlasting! Actually we celebrate Easter for 50 days – until Pentecost. It is a life-changing feast, not just for Jesus, but for each of us.  

By Their Side at Mother Teresa House

Karen Bussey finds in the midst of dying there is precious life.

At Mother Teresa House in Lansing, she, her staff and volunteers love those who are alone at death, regardless of religious affiliation, and help them transcend into eternal life.

“I love to think of this time of life as the culminating point, the summation of your whole life,” says Karen.

Learn from sinfulness Blessed Juliana of Norwich

Feast Day: May 13

The word “sin” can be defined as “to miss the mark.” In this sense, sin connotes our failure to live in harmony with that for which we are created – eternal life in communion with the Trinity.

Blessed Juliana of Norwich (1342–1416) was a Benedictine English mystic. Very little is known of her life except for her writings, which may explain why she has never been formally beatified.

The Danger of Soft Atheism

A very instructive exchange between Gary Gutting, a philosophy professor at Notre Dame, and Philip Kitcher, a philosophy professor at Columbia, just appeared in the pages of The New York Times.  Kitcher describes himself as a proponent of “soft atheism,” which is to say an atheism distinct from the polemical variety espoused by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.  Unlike his harsher colleagues, Kitcher is willing to admit that religion can play an ethically usefu

Why can't Catholics be Masons?

Dear Father Joe: What is the Church’s teaching regarding being a member of a Freemason Lodge? I was taught it is a grave sin and that members of a Masonic Lodge should not go to communion, but I know Masons in my Church who do.

In many ways, this question leads to many disputed points. There is a lot of bad or contradicting information out there about the Masons and what the Church teaches about it. Let’s start with why there is some confusion.

Some confusion revolved around the Code of Canon Law published in 1917. In this code was the following law:

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