Q: With the recent shooting at a Texas church, I was wondering your opinion on churches having armed security, or having congregants carry their personal weapons. This question has been on the front of many conversations across the U.S. lately. Some people I have spoken with have expressed concern that weapons in a place of worship would be ...Read more
Q: My five siblings and I never have been very close (in fact, to be honest we've never gotten along very well). Now out of the blue, one of our sisters has invited all of us and our families for Christmas dinner. How can we keep it from turning into another family fight? -- Mrs. D.N.
A: Have you asked yourself why your sister is taking this ...Read more
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling ...Read more
Q: My girlfriend keeps pressuring me to go to church, but I'd feel like a hypocrite if I started acting religious. Maybe some people feel a need to believe in God, but I'm not one of them. How can I logically explain this to her? -- K.W.
A: I realize this may not be the answer you hoped for -- but in reality, you can't logically explain it to ...Read more
MEXICO CITY -- Eleven Catholic pilgrims died in a traffic accident on Tuesday as they were returning from one of the world's largest annual Catholic celebrations dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Mexico City.
A truck transporting the pilgrims collided with another vehicle, which hit it from the back on a road linking the capital with the city of ...Read more
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all ...Read more
Q: Why do I have such a hard time saying "no" to people who talk me into doing things I know are wrong -- and yet I still do them? Why do I give in so easily? -- M.H.
A: I'm thankful you realize you have this problem, and you want to do something about it. Tragically, some people go through life without ever realizing others are leading them ...Read more
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all ...Read more
Hidden Under the Corporate LadderJ.K. LaMay
Hidden Under the Corporate Ladder gives a brutally honest look inside a scandalous Fortune 100 company. The story takes place in Dallas, Texas, in the mid 1990s, as told firsthand by an employee hired to work for a corporation's branch location to figure out why its operation isn't productive...
Q: I am living temporarily in your country while I attend graduate school. Please explain Christmas to me. I thought it was supposed to be a religious holiday, but from what I saw last year, I guess I am wrong. -- N.S.V.
A: Thank you for your email -- and yes, Christmas is meant to be a religious celebration, because it commemorates the birth ...Read more
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he...Read more
Mary's Song of Praise
With all my heart
I praise the Lord,
and I am glad
because of God my Savior.
He cares for me,
his humble servant.
From now on,
all people will say
God has blessed me.
God All-Powerful has done
great things for me,
and his name is holy.
Q: My marriage fell apart a couple of years ago, and I think the thing that angers me most is that my ex-husband shows no interest in our three children. Last year he didn't even send them a Christmas card, let alone any gifts. I accept that he's moved on in his life, but how do I explain this to our children? -- L.S.
A: Almost nothing is more ...Read more
The Magnificat: Mary's Song of Praise
"Oh, how I praise the Lord.
How I rejoice in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and now generation after generation
will call me blessed.
For he, the Mighty One, is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
His mercy goes on ...Read more
Q: I grew up in a religious home, but I rebelled against all that, and I suppose you could say I've been living like the devil ever since. I know I'm on a dead-end road, but I don't think I can do anything about it. Has God given up on me? -- Z.J.
A: No, God has not given up on you! If God had given up on you, you wouldn't even be asking this ...Read more
Hanukkah arrives Dec. 12 at sundown.
Jews around the world kindle on that night and every successive night until the eight-branched Hanukkah menorah is fully lit. Actually, the menorah is nine branches but one of them is for the lighting candle -- the shamash.
On the first night of Hanukkah...Read more
And Mary said,
I'm bursting with God-news;
I'm dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me,
and look what happened--
I'm the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy,
set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after ...Read more
Q: I know you Christians say Jesus was born of a virgin, but where did that idea come from? Even if I believed in God (which I'm not sure I do), I'd have a hard time believing this. -- K.M.T.
A: Only one person knew for certain that Mary was a virgin -- and that was Mary herself. Later Joseph (to whom she was betrothed) came to know it also, ...Read more
And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble
estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations
will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has
done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his ...Read more
Q: If the last few years are any guide, by the time you get this letter my family and I will be so busy getting ready for Christmas that we'll completely lose sight of its true meaning. Maybe it's too late, but how can we avoid this? -- Mrs. Y.McD.
A: You've already taken the first step by being aware of your problem -- and not only being aware...Read more
And Mary said:
"My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
"For He has had regard for the
humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all
generations will count me blessed.
"For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name....Read more