Does God Really Love *You*?

A reader writes: I have a genuine theological question and I was hoping someone here could help me with this because I really don’t know the answer. The question is, why do people say “Christ died for me” or “Christ died for you?” How can any of us matter than much individually? I mean, hypothetically [Read More...]

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The Sons of Thunder are on the Air!

They write: I hope this message finds you well.  My name is Dan Cornell and I live in the suburbs of Chicago.  My friend Kevin Kramer and I have started a Catholic podcast called “Sons of Thunder Podcast” which is now available on iTunes.  We both graduated from the University of Illinois and were heavily [Read More...]

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Priests, Spiritual Fatherhood, and a Bible Only Protestant

A reader writes: Several months ago, you kindly helped me answer a question a Protestant co-worker asked me about the book of Baruch. This co-worker and I are still corresponding via email discussing the Catholic faith. He asks me questions, and I do my best to answer.  So far, with the help of Catholic Answers, [Read More...]

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Question about Magisterial Failures

A reader writes: I was baptized but not raised in the Church and in my adult life am slowly and cautiously working my way back there. I love your blog and your books, and I was hoping you could bring your articulate, coherent, and intellectually honest style to bear on a problem I’ve run into. [Read More...]

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Fr. Roderick Vonhögen isn’t merely an adorable geek

Though it may seem he is: …and though HuffPo, Buzzfeed, Breitbart, WaPo and 25,000 other folk may think so, the truth is, the man has hidden depths. F’rinstance, he writes to point me to this vital video of Fr. Christophe Mary Rebbacai, Pizza Maker of the Immaculate: I love being Catholic! [Read more...]

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Why Do We Die After the Resurrection?

A reader writes: Hi Mark! I have a silly question but it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while now and I was hoping maybe you could shed some light on it for me. So I know that we believe that death came into the world through Adam’s sin, and that Christ, as the New [Read More...]

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A conversation about marriage. Join in!

A reader writes from Canada: I have an idea, and I am half-tempted to send it to our conference of Bishops in the light of the coming Synod on the family. But I don’t know if it makes any sense, so I thought I would “clear” it with you first (and if you decide so, [Read More...]

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Questions about the Betrayal by Judas

A reader writes: I’ve been reading the gospel narratives of the Last Supper tonight, and an ongoing confusion with a part of the story has resurfaced. I thought maybe you, and your scriptural book smarts, might be able to rescue me from this quandary. In all the gospels, Jesus tells his disciples that one of [Read More...]

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Some recommendations for basic apologetics materials

A reader writes: I wanted to drop you a note to tell you that, while you and I disagree vigorously about capital punishment, I appreciate very much your apologetic writings. For instance, I’m sending this one to a friend that I’m particularly frustrated by, since I seem unable to articulate a “meta” argument, instead getting caught [Read More...]

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Dangerous Liaisons: On Costly Friendship

A reader sends along this fine reflection he wrote: When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account [Read More...]

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