How Are Mass Readings Chosen?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM April 29, 2020

A non-Catholic friend asked me how the Scriptures at Mass are selected. Who started this and when was the present system adopted?

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A New Encounter with the Psalms

By Maureen O'Brien April 29, 2020

As a writer, I believe not just in the power of words but also in their necessity and beauty. I think one of the main aspects of Catholicism that..

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Who Was the 'Beloved Disciple'?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 27, 2020

In the Gospel of John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” is at the foot of the cross (19:26) and is entrusted with caring for the mother of Jesus..

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Quick Questions and Answers

By Pat McCloskey, OFM January 29, 2020


Why did God permit Jacob to trick Isaac into giving him Esau’s birthright?

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'Readings and Homilies Hinder My Faith'

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 27, 2019

How can I attend Sunday Mass when the readings and homilies make me question my faith? I love the Catholic Church, the faith in which I was..

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The Martha and Mary Balance

By Mark P. Shea July 24, 2017

Lots of ordinary Catholics feel guilty stepping out of the rat race to pray. They often feel as though seeking the peace and guidance of God in..

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The Bible and Beyond

By Father Roger Karban June 22, 2017

When people ask during what period of history, besides the present one, I would prefer to have lived, I have no problem answering. I would have..

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