Catholic Voices - The secret of letting go

For years — decades, even — my greatest fear in life was the prospect of facing the death of my mother. Worry about its inevitability and my inability to survive it became a cloak of apprehension that wrapped itself around my days and haunted my dreams at night.

Here's to the faithful or lucky ones 

The lucky ones are people with a vibrant faith. They may not be perfect, but they have been able to overcome many obstacles by the grace of God and find happiness despite their weaknesses. They believe in not being overcome by evil but overcoming evil with good.

What is Mary’s role in our faith?

Instead of praying to the Blessed Virgin, shouldn’t we just go straight to Jesus?

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church and was received into full communion at this year’s Easter Vigil. I was raised in a Baptist church and we were always taught to go directly to Jesus for everything we needed: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (John 16:23) As a new Catholic, one of the difficulties that I have is with the role of Mary in our faith — doesn’t praying to her distract us from Jesus?

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