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Encountering the Word — Jude 1:5-7

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Now I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that he who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels that did not keep their own position but left their proper dwelling have been kept by him in eternal chains […]

Don’t let this Sneaky Sin Keep You from the Party

Photography © by Andy Coan

At age 16, life was about rock ‘n roll. If my own band was not performing on Saturday night, I was out in the audience watching another band. It would have never occurred to me to spend my Saturday nights at a Catholic conference or retreat. True, no matter how late I was out, I’d never miss Sunday Mass. But […]

Are all sexual thoughts sinful?

Dear Dan, I am struggling with sexual thoughts and am wondering about the teachings of the Church. Are all sexual sins mortal and does thinking of sex without arousal a mortal sin? When does the thought become mortal; is it when we don’t control it or is it always mortal? What exactly is lust and what are the church’s teaching on […]

Pornography: Formula for Despair

There is a body of water in Eastern Canada that has the improbable name of “Lake Despair”. This sinister appellation is an accident of language. The French originally called it Lac d’espoir (Lake of Hope). English-speaking settlers in the region, accustomed to hearing only their own language, misperceived its name. And so it became known, culturally and cartographically, as Lake […]