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DEAR FATHER | Jesus’ resurrection signifies that He began living anew

Notably on Easter Sunday, but also on every Sunday of the year, we celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. As we commemorate this event every Sunday, we know it happened on Easter Sunday morning. He rose once from the dead this morning and did not have to rise multiple times on that or any other morning.

DEAR FATHER | Divine Mercy feast is fulfillment of Easter promise

In 1931, a young Polish nun, now known as St. Faustina, received an apparition of Jesus. He appeared with red and white streams coming from His heart. Over time, He revealed His desire that this image be painted and that a feast dedicated to Divine Mercy be instituted on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.

DEAR FATHER | Jesus’ Passion was part of God’s divine plan

This highly theoretical question has been pondered by many a great mind through history. It all boils down to this: Could Jesus have simply declared to the whole human race that all their sins were forgiven without His suffering on the cross? We're tempted to say yes, if that were God's will, because nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37).

DEAR FATHER | Reasons vary for pattern in distributing Communion under one or both species

Sometimes, this discussion of offering Holy Communion under both forms turns into a contentious issue. Some feel that when the Precious Blood isn't offered, they don't fully participate in Holy Communion or their rights as Catholics have been infringed upon. Far from feeling united in communion, individuals feel divided.

This view might be motivated by the underlying belief that clergy exclusively possess the Eucharist. Others participate only to the extent that this group allows. However, this view isn't wholly correct.

DEAR FATHER | Different degrees of sin, but all destroy the love in our hearts

This is a question that many people wonder about. We hear of terms such as "mortal sin," "venial sin," "deadly sins" and so on. But what do they mean?

Sin is a "failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1849). It sets us against God's love, for it declares that the love I have for myself or another person or thing is greater than the love I have for God.

DEAR FATHER | The Good News of Jesus leads to freedom of life with God

When we hear the word "gospel", our minds immediately turn to the four books at the head of the New Testament. Originally, though, this word had a more expansive meaning.

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