Making America great
We have been hearing a great deal about making America first, making America great again. On a recent afternoon on Main Street in our state capital, I realized that it already is — in some ways. I was amid three days of meetings, with an afternoon interlude, so I parked free at St. Peter’s, strolled […]
“The Eucharist: The Source of Mercy”
Dear Editor: We are still experiencing a divine high from our first Parish Eucharistic Congress, “The Eucharist: The Source of Mercy”, held March 3-5 at Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek, and would like to share some more information with your readers: Our speakers were Father James “Jim” Worth, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Maplewood, […]
The Liturgical Veneration of Hebrew Saints
Editor: In his March 8 “Questions and Answers” column in The Catholic Miscellany, Father Jeffrey Kirby answered the question “Why are there no saints from the Old Testament? Doesn’t even Moses qualify?” I have been interested in that very subject because of my many pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The fact is that Moses is […]
Saints in the Old Testament?
Q: Why are there no saints from the Old Testament? Doesn’t even Moses qualify? (Hilton Head, SC) A: This is a question that provides a much-needed clarification. We know that before the saving work of Jesus Christ, no one could enter Heaven. The gates of paradise were closed due to man’s sin and his incapacity […]
Q: I wish to be cremated. How is this handled? Since I won’t have a casket to be blessed, do you bring the urn with the ashes to Mass? (Summerville, SC) A: The Mass of Christian Burial, the “Funeral Mass,” is a very important part of the Church’s intercession for the deceased person. The Mass […]
What about suicide?
During my years in Michigan, the notorious Dr. Jack Kevorkian actively promoted assisted suicide. He periodically delivered bodies to a hospital in Pontiac, minutes away from the campus where I lived. The local press wavered between defending his action, as if it were everyone’s right to decide the time to die, and expressing outrage that […]
Explaining the role of Mary
Editor: Father Jeffrey Kirby’s explanation of how to explain Mary to Protestants is very reasonable. A few weeks ago, a Protestant said to me that there is no difference between Mary and his grandmother who died a couple of years ago. One of the best explanations about the Protestant rejection of Our Lady is given […]
Putting things in perspective
Anyone who has sat in a waiting room or kept vigil in an ER or ICU can probably verify this: Some heart-rending conversations can be overheard, and none of them seem to be concerned with whether the day’s Dow is high or low or what Janet Yellen and the Fed might be doing next. There […]
Sinless St. John the Baptist? Why is Purgatory necessary?
Q. Recently, I was told by friends that when John the Baptist leaped in his mother’s womb, he was made sinless by the Holy Spirit. I find it hard to believe that any human is sinless, except for Jesus and Mary. Am I correct? (Aiken, SC) A. You have some good friends and they are […]
Three wise men inspire South Carolina
On Nov. 30, Clemson University hosted Eboo Patel. He is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, which links young people of many faiths in cooperative service and shared experience. After addressing groups all day, Patel joined the evening celebration of 80 years of Catholic campus ministry at Clemson. He spoke of the […]