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Holding to our Catholic way through this contentious time

As we approach the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential election season, we must not become disillusioned or desensitized because we are disappointed by the choices set before us. This year, many good-intentioned people feel lost in a sea of lies, deceit, corruption and character flaws cre­ated in the swell of sensationalism and political strategy. Some […]


St. Teresa Benedicta: A life of the mind

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of remark­able women whose works have contributed to or had influence on Church doctrine and theology.   In a time when people are lost and in search of something to believe in, the life and words of a German-born Carmelite nun who became a martyr during […]


Respect life: Natural conception to natural death, and dignity for all

October marks the 45th year for the observance of Respect Life Month. Catholics are taught that all human life is sacred because life is given by God from the miraculous moment of conception to the natural ending of death and it the Lord alone who has sovereignty over life. The Church also teaches that humans […]


The diaconate, women, and the sacrament of holy orders

Editor’s note: Daniel Lloyd, a professor of religion, contributed the following column on the diaconate. Deacons will continue to be an important topic in the Diocese of Charleston for at least two specific reasons. The first is that the diocese is ordaining permanent deacons every few years and new ordination classes are forming. Deacons, therefore, […]


Deacons are empowered to serve God’s people

Editor’s note: Daniel Lloyd, a professor of religion, contributed the following column on the diaconate. Some misunderstandings about deacons arise from the fact that there are transitional deacons and permanent deacons. A candidate for the priesthood, a seminarian, is ordained to the diaconate for about a year prior to receiving priestly ordination.  It is called […]


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament offers quiet respite

Patti Brassington, a member of Blessed Sac­rament Church in Charleston, makes sure there is al­ways someone scheduled to spend time with Christ in the church’s perpet­ual adoration chapel, which has been open for 33 years. She even car­ries her sched­uling materials with her on trips in case someone needs to call her, because she be­lieves […]


The Assumption of Mary recalls being lifted into presence of God

On Aug. 15 Catholics and many other Christians will cel­ebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope […]


Christ truly present: Eucharist is source and summit of Catholic faith

MYRTLE BEACH—Many people take Commu­nion every Sunday, but never stop to think about what, exactly, they are receiving. Stop and consider that Je­sus Christ is really and truly present in the consecrated host. That subject has been the focus of a recent month-long study on the Blessed Sacra­ment at St. Andrew Church. The study is […]


Priest assignments and what they mean

At Sunday Mass, you may hear an announcement that your church is receiving a new pastor, or see a notice in the bulletin that says a new parochial vicar is coming to your parish. Most people in the pews think that this simply means a different priest will provide the sacraments and celebrate Mass, but […]


Scapulars speak of devotion from front to back

Two squares of brown wool connected by a simple white cord are a perpetual symbol of Karen Black­well’s belief. Blackwell, who attends St. Eliza­beth Ann Seton Church in Simpson­ville, is a member of the Lay Carmel­ites, a third order, or lay religious organization, associated with the Carmelites. Blackwell, and other members of the Lay Carmelites, […]


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