A reader writes a very kind letter about Mary, Mother of the Son

Sez he: I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle starting my first year of the theology at Mount Angel Seminary. I just wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for your trilogy, Mary Mother of the Son. Even though I grew up praying the rosary every night with my family and [Read More...]

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A reader asks about a pregnant neighbor

He writes: I have a question I thought you might be able to help me with. An acquaintance of mine — someone I see regularly but don’t know intimately enough to consider a friend — recently announced that she is pregnant. She is not, however, married nor has she given any indication that she intends [Read More...]

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Pray for Peace in Iraq

Reader Garrett Johnson writes: Our #20DaysForPeace, consists of 20 days of offerings for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. We will make a daily offering for them, in addition to having them in our prayers. We invite you to share this post and encourage others to participate as well. #PrayForPeace. We started on August the [Read More...]

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A manly anonymous reader gets to the bottom of things

A reader from the Party of Personal Responsibility locates the real culprits for the catastrophe in Iraq: “This situation wasn’t caused by George W…. It was caused by Mohammed and the religion he invented; feminism; and John Paul II. Which have turned the men of the West into moral pansies.” I’ll give you Mohammed as [Read More...]

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This is just about as Meta as it gets

So I’m fond of impressionists, and particularly fond of Jim Meskimen, who you may remember from this Anyway, some time back I wrote him about something or other and wound up on him mailing list, which is fun because I get things like this from him: You may have seen the video that went viral [Read More...]

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Reader Thomas Snowden writes to thank God and Youse Guys

Sez he: I wrote to you back in March asking for prayers for my baby daughter, Beatrix, who has been in the hospital for most of her life.  At the time, we were planning for her to transfer to Boston Children’s Hospital from Atlanta for additional surgeries.  Well, we finally were able to bring her [Read More...]

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Interesting and Perceptive Letter from a Reader

He writes: I’ve read two of your books (By What Authority? and Making Senses out of Scripture). I’m also a regular reader of your blog. I know that one of the common themes in your blog is the way it’s not about the “Right vs. Left” but the “Ruling Class vs. Rest of Us”. I’d [Read More...]

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A reader struggles with Purgatory and Mortal/Venial Sin Distinctions

He writes: I must admit that I’m struggling with reconciling some things I’m reading about sin and purgatory. I can see the need for a time between death and heaven in terms of finishing the work that Christ has begun before we are fit for heaven. I can embrace the idea of a place were [Read More...]

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A reader asks about Eucharistic gluten and celiac sufferers

A reader writes: Could you address the recent increase in gluten free hosts for those who are “gluten sensitive” or have celiac. If we truly believe the host is transformed into the body of Christ how could we then believe that the gluten could ever harm us? The woman who touched the hem or tassel of Jesus’ [Read More...]

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When I get letters like this…

…I am always reminded of this passage from the gospels: Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodi-ans, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; [Read More...]

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