Abbey Forbes, the 18-year-old winner of the junior girls doubles championship at Wimbledon, has kept an inspirational book in her tennis bag at recent competitions and for all seven Wimbledon matches.The book, from her confirmation sponsor, Joan Monti, is a daily devotional called “Jesus Calling.”Read More.
Q. I am a cradle Catholic and have always believed in purgatory. Now I am hearing from some people (including from some priests) who deny its existence. Can you clarify this for me? (City and state of origin withheld)A. The Catholic Church does indeed believe in the existence of purgatory. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this:”All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The church gives the name purgatory to this final purification of the elect” (No. 1030-31).Read More.
As she battled the aching pains of stage 4 intestinal cancer, Evelyn Mercredi slowly lifted herself from her walker and stepped into the waters of Lac Ste. Anne expecting — and receiving — healing.”I’ve been suffering so much, it was so hard just to come down here,” said Mercredi, 79, a Dene woman who traveled 1,200 miles from Fort-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, to experience the healing waters of the Alberta lake. “But now, I don’t feel any pain. I’m so happy to have gone into the lake.”Read More.
In the age of the global papacy, the current occupant of the chair of St. Peter often gets boiled down to a simple caricature. St. John Paul II? An anti-communist celebrity. Pope Benedict XVI? A doctrinaire “rottweiler.” Pope Francis? Light on theology, heavy on lived example.Read More.