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?

Are you moving toward life or death?

What your preferred lifestyles and subcultures can tell you about the direction of your story

By Father William Watson

One of the practices that can help shape your life as sacred story is celebrating sacramental rec-onciliation monthly. A helpful preparation for reconciliation — or confession, as it is commonly known — is an examination of the embedded attitudes or lifestyles that shape your life story. These attitudes, lifestyles and subcultures are far more significant than we may think!