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DEAR FATHER | Confession should drain the wound caused by sin

Growing up, I remember Mother Angelica on EWTN commenting to callers who had been away from the sacrament of reconciliation or were afraid to go that they would feel so good afterward, that they should go out and buy a pizza. Such a comment came from a heart that had approached the sacrament and found peace in the deep mercy of God.

DEAR FATHER | Sometimes emergencies preclude us from getting to Mass

The first three of the Ten Commandments outline our duties toward God. We are to place Him as first in our life, to respect His name, and to keep His day holy. As Christians, we honor the Lord's day on Sunday in commemoration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Other major holy days are included in this commandment as well, as their celebration marks major truths of our faith or events in the life of our Lord or His mother Mary.

DEAR FATHER | Body donation helps advance medical science

Donating one's body to science enables future doctors to directly study the human anatomy and gain needed practice in performing surgery. Such donations also advance medical science by more fully understanding diseases and conditions. These insights lead to better treatments and even preventive measures for future generations.

DEAR FATHER | Burial of cremains repsents respect for deceased loved ones

Instructing the early Christians on death, St. Paul reminded them that to be with the Lord, we must die here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:1-10). After receiving recompense for what we did in this life, we wait with the Lord for the end of the world. Then, as St. Paul stated, we will receive our bodies back from the Lord incorruptible so that we may dwell with Him in the new heavens and new earth forever (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Revelation 21:1-8).

DEAR FATHER | Saints serve as foundation of Church’s witness to holiness

Saints are primarily mentioned in two Eucharistic Prayers.

The first is the First Eucharistic Prayer, or the Roman Canon. It's the oldest Eucharistic Prayer, because it was developed by St. Peter while he was in Rome. After him, popes have added to the prayer and changed it until Pope St. Gregory the Great (who died in 604) put it into its final form. Since then, it has rarely changed, for the Church holds this prayer as part of our tradition.

DEAR FATHER | Manner of cleaning sacred vessels speaks to reverence, respect for Eucharist

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is a common way to refer to the Eucharist. When we think about the phrase's full meaning, we better grasp the value the Eucharist has to the Church. How we treat the Blessed Sacrament and how we behave in His presence show our reverence and respect for it. Even when cleaning the chalices, ciboria, patens and cloths that contain or touch the Eucharist, we are called to protect and dignify the sanctity of the sacrament.

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