By John Paul Meenan, Crisis Magazine - Just as the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, we might say that the first step on the road to sanctity is the realization that we are in exile, strangers and sojourners, knowing somehow, someway, we belong somewhere else. Ever since Adam and Eve cast themselves out of the Garden, we have been trying to find our way back.
By Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency - Dominican Father Thomas Petri… “I can only assume there’s more to Cardinal Farrell’s point than what’s being reported, since on the face of it the assertion that priests have no credibility with regard to marriage is utterly confounding… If we’re going to insist that priests have no credibility with regard to marriage, then we not only wash away the dogmatic and moral theology of the sacrament, but we also must, therefore, insist that the faithful should not approach priests for counsel on marriage.”
By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange - The two most important and sublime gestures that a Catholic can do on earth are the following: to receive with faith, devotion and burning love the Sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist — the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ; then the second is to confess one’s sins to the priest (who represents Jesus, the Healer and Friend) and receive sacramental absolution and forgiveness of sins.