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Father Jeffrey Kirby

Did Jesus feel abandoned?

Q: What does the Catholic Church teach about being saved? Do we also have to do good works to get to heaven? (Charleston, SC) A: All right, here’s a 400-year-old query! We’ve been working to give a fuller answer to this question since the Protestant Refor­mation in the 16th century. The best summary the Church […]

Incense as a biblical symbol; getting son back to Church

Q: Why do we have incense at Mass? Sometimes it makes it really hard to breathe. (Charleston, SC) A: Incense can be used for solemn occasions but it should be used with prudence and temperance. Some parishes even announce be­forehand what Masses will have in­cense, and this seems to be greatly appreciated by people with […]

Turning the other cheek

Q: Does turning the other cheek mean I have to be nice to rela­tives who have been purpose­fully cruel or ugly to people I care about? That feels false, particularly when someone has been repeatedly unkind. How do I handle seeing these people at family events or in public? Some people say you have to […]

Asking for blessings

Editor’s note: This week The Miscellany introduces a new question-and-answer column written by Father Jeffrey Kirby of the Diocese of Charleston. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a doctorate in moral theology from Holy Cross University in Rome. He is the author of several books including, “Lord, Teach […]

Catholic men’s residence celebrates feast day of St. Katharine Drexel

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone visited the Drexel House on Wentworth Street on March 2 to honor the feast day of its patron, St. Katharine Drexel. “God has a call for everyone, and part of life is trying to figure out where that call is leading us,” Bishop Guglielmone told the inhabitants of the Catholic men’s […]

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The dying process: In life and death, we are the Lord’s

Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a series on dying. A few years ago, a friend told me that he wasn’t afraid of death. I was pretty impressed until he told me that he was just afraid of dying. I had to laugh. Perhaps, though, he’s like most of us. The thought of […]

Six Basic Truths of Discipleship: Discipleship means asking for help

In life, as disciples we belong to a community and are not alone in our desire to follow the ways of God. We are given the grace to have a heart ready to give thanks. And with both of these gifts, we find within ourselves a comfort in asking for help. We can confidently turn […]

Six Basic Truths of Discipleship: Fostering our community life

At times in our lives the demands of discipleship can lead us to feel alone or awkward in the midst of our family, our group of friends, or among our co-workers. It can be a difficult experience. I think of today’s young people, who at times feel the pressure to reject or compromise their discipleship […]

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