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Should we turn our minds towards something better to bring hope?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: If society would concentrate more on the good things people do — like rescue missions — wouldn’t it turn our minds to something better and bring hope? – G.N.

A: The Bible makes a startling statement in John 3:19: “Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds ...Read more

How can a loving God judge people as sinners?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I cannot reconcile how people can believe in a loving God while believing that he judges people as sinners. – G.J.

A: People are quick to label God as unjust for judging sin, but we must acknowledge God’s infinite compassion that sent His Son to show us the way out of our ...Read more

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Church honors 30,000 sailors lost in Great Lakes, 46 years after Fitzgerald

Religion / Religious News /

DETROIT -- The tolling of 10 bells echoed through Mariners' Church of Detroit on Sunday, to memorialize 30,000 men and women lost in shipwrecks across the Great Lakes.

The annual service was held 46 years after the Great Lakes saw its latest shipwreck. On Nov. 10, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, nicknamed the "Fitz," was headed to Detroit when ...Read more

Does God really forgive criminals that have committed horrific acts against others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Does God really forgive criminals that have committed horrific acts against others? – C.A.

A: We may see God as able to forgive the small sin, but incapable of forgiving the gross sinner. In our own weakness as humans, we tend to grade sins. Here’s a little sin on our scale, ...Read more

What is the hardest things in the Christian life to accomplish?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why is it so hard to find God’s will for our lives? My friends and I pray that we will know His will so we can be obedient and follow Christ as the Bible instructs, but this is one of the hardest things in the Christian life to accomplish. – G.W.

A: It is wonderful to want to ...Read more

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US bishops to seek 'middle way' on Holy Communion at annual conference in Baltimore

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — One of the controversies facing the Catholic church in recent months has been the question of Holy Communion — specifically whether it should be offered to Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who advocate for abortion rights.

Some Catholics say it shouldn’t, on the grounds that an abortion rights stance ...Read more

Is it true that God’s salvation is a form of a pardon as though we never committed a wrong against Him?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that God’s salvation is a form of a pardon as though we never committed a wrong against Him? And does this have anything to do with committing the unpardonable sin? – P.S.

A: Sometimes a person convicted of a crime receives a pardon — and is freed from paying the ...Read more

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Michigan COVID-19 survivor says vision of the Blessed Solanus Casey saved his life

Religion / Religious News /

Nolan Ostrowski felt as if death was close at hand.

"I felt a lot of despair and a lot of darkness over me," said Ostrowski, 52, who was hospitalized in late July with COVID-19 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. "When I closed my eyes, it was like death was coming."

He began to pray, thinking of his wife, Kathleen, and their three children. That'...Read more

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If canonized, Father Solanus Casey, a Detroit priest, would be a rarity among saints

Religion / Religious News /

Father Solanus Casey, the Capuchin friar who co-founded the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit and was beatified in 2017, is known to many as an inspiration and is a miracle away from being declared a Catholic saint.

If canonized, Casey would join a rare group of American saints. While there are more than 10,000 saints in the Roman Catholic ...Read more

Is it possible to have the God who created the world and mankind to be our friend?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it really possible to have the God who created the world and mankind to be our friend? He is so perfect and we are so imperfect. It seems far-fetched! – G.F.

A: Think of it: The infinite, all-powerful, holy God of the universe wants to be our friend! This is a staggering truth...Read more

The God Squad: Thank you for your service

Religion / God Squad /

November 11 is Veterans Day and it is high up on my list of American secular holidays that have spiritual undertones. We just brought to mind Halloween, and we can add Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, but this week it is time to pause and thank the men and women who have chosen to serve our country in our armed forces. There...Read more

The God Squad: Happy Diwali!

Religion / God Squad /

The major Hindu holiday of Diwali begins November 4. Diwali is a five-day holiday in honor of the goddess Lakshmi, who is in charge of wealth and prosperity. Diwali falls on the 15th day of Kartik, which is the holiest Hindu month. Hinduism, like Judaism, has a luni-solar calendar, which equalizes the lunar calendar with the solar calendar so ...Read more

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Bishop known for speaking at royal wedding headlines forum on civil rights

Religion / Religious News /

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After Michael Curry gained world-wide attention for giving the sermon at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, he often heard the same refrain.

People said they didn't know Christianity was about love.

He was shocked.

Curry brought a similar message of love to conquer social ills to Columbia on Saturday at the ...Read more

The God Squad: My annual pro-Halloween column

Religion / God Squad /

Every year it comes around and every year I admit that I love Halloween. I loved it as a kid, I love it for kids, and I even love it for grown-ups, if they do not get violent or randy. And every year I get savaged by readers who object to its pagan undertones and its approval of vandalism in major or minor forms. So, this year, let me try again....Read more

The God Squad: More questions from Ms. Pepitone’s theology class

Religion / God Squad /

The absolute last installment (for this year) of my (short) answers to questions from Ms. Pepitone’s Theology Class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut.

Q: From B: Dear Rabbi Gellman, what are some ways that you like to personally connect with God and spend time with Him? I am working on developing a more personal relationship ...Read more

The God Squad: More questions from Mercy Catholic High School

Religion / God Squad /

Yes, the girls at Mercy Catholic High School in Middletown, Connecticut, still have more questions about God for me!

Q: From A: How can God send us to hell if he loves us?

A: How can your parents discipline you even if they love you?

Q: From H: How do you know God is with you in everything you do? Do you really believe that every step you ...Read more

The God Squad: God had given us free will

Religion / God Squad /

Dear Rabbi Gellman, in your article, The God Squad: Questions from the final exam of the theology class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Conn., Part 3, you answered a question from S: How come God puts us through difficult challenges that will just make us sad and could initially make us give up? You answered: “If God knew that we would ...Read more

The God Squad: Where is God?

Religion / God Squad /

From M: I simply must ask why you never find fault with God, and why you continue to perpetuate the myth that God cares about people. I submit for your consideration a few brief examples from a recent column on Catholic girls asking you about God. I respectfully challenge you to try to support your contentions. One girl asked why God allows the ...Read more

The God Squad: Questions from Mercy H.S

Religion / God Squad /

More questions from Ms. Peppitone’s theology class at Mercy High School for girls in Middletown, Connecticut.

Q: From C: How is there so much devastation and sickness in the world if God has created everything? I frequently hear the saying "God does not give you more than you can handle." How can someone deal with a hard situation where they ...Read more