Remembering the dead in prayer

By Sister Ann Shields

November marks the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict. This month gives us at least two wonderful opportunities to grow in faith and to remember in prayer our departed sisters and brothers.

Encountering the spiritual world

By Father William M. Watson

In last month’s column we examined how our spirit, body and God’s grace compose a holy trinity at work in us. All three parts working cooperatively are necessary for holiness and human growth.

What do we mean by hope?

By Sister Ann Shields

Through the gift of faith we believe that Christ died for us. Christ died for each of us — not for billions, but for each one of us in particular. You and I have no power to save ourselves for eternal life. Only God, in Christ, in his infinite mercy, can do that for us. When you decide to believe this truth and put your will behind it, then hope begins to spring up in your spirit and in your heart and mind. If God is who he says he is, if he has made a way for me to eventually dwell with him forever in eternal happiness, then my hope is based on a solid foundation.

Other Voices - The path to highway holiness

Vatican’s ‘Ten Commandments for Driving’ aim to put Christian drivers behind the wheel

By Jan Alkire

The priest stood frowning before his congregation. He had dealt with limited space in the church parking lot by hiring an off-duty police officer to direct traffic between Masses. Now there was a different problem:

“Quit making obscene gestures at that police officer when you leave church!” he said. 
“What will people think?”