Anointing of the Sick

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

Why Do You Confess Your Sins to a Priest?

Have you ever been asked why you confess sins to a priest? In discussing the Catholic faith with non-Catholics, the doctrine concerning confessing one’s sins to a priest often arises. Indeed, in my experience, the Sacrament of Reconciliation ranks right up there with Marian Dogmas among the Church’s teachings that prompt the most questions from those inquiring about the Catholic […]

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Encountering the Word — James 5:13-15

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the […]

Return of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

A Catholic Responds – Five Common Protestant Objections to the Sacrament of Confession

In discussing the Catholic faith with non-Catholics, the doctrine concerning confessing one’s sins to a priest often arises. Indeed, in my experience, the Sacrament of Reconciliation ranks right up there with Marian Dogmas among the Church’s teachings that prompt the most questions from those inquiring about the Catholic Faith. The following objections to the doctrine are those about which I […]

God Grants a Miracle to my Children

My wife and I were discussing the miracles performed by the apostles recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Miraculous signs are numerous in the history of the apostolic Church. It is no wonder then, that the early Church was aided in its growth as a result of these signs. The fact that the apostles were able to work such […]