The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

JOHN PAUL II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In Vaticanese, it was styled “extraordinary” because it fell outside the normal sequence of synods. But Synod-1985 was extraordinary in the ordinary sense of the word, too.

Growing As a Family Within the Parish

by Lisa Mills

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION parish of Astoria has been a blessing to my family. As a mother of three children, I believe all children should have love, guidance and nurturing from the parents and their parish community. From birth, children learn kindness, compassion and morality through their parents. I also believe in the importance for spiritual guidance to be introduced shortly after.

Process of Discernment Demands Silence

by Father Sean Suckiel

When one hears the word “discernment”, one automatically thinks it is for those who only want to be priests or religious or, that discernment is about decision making about one’s vocation. That’s wrong.

A Challenge for Catholic Men of Good Will

by John Fitzgerald

IN 1492, a young 40-year-old mariner set sail on an uncharted course to find a new route to India. Christopher Columbus and his brave crew left Spain with three ships and an incredible amount of faith. Man plans and God changes the course. There was to be no India but the New World of America would be opened to the explorers of Europe.

An Evolving Relationship With God

by Antonina Zielinska

In the days leading up to marriage, I tried to ready myself for how my relationships would change. Who would I be now as a daughter or a professional?

Beauty, the Beast and Theological Symbols

by David H. Powell

THIS​ ​PAST​ ​SUMMER​, ​my​ ​wife​ ​Carol​ ​and​ ​I​ ​were fortunate​ ​to​ ​discover, in​ ​the​ ​“Around​ ​the​ ​Diocese”​ ​section​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Tablet​, ​some​ ​marvelous​ ​dramatic musicals​, ​specifically​, ​”Joseph​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Amazing​ ​Technicolor​ ​Dreamcoat​” ​at​ ​St.​ ​Margaret’s, Middle​ ​Village​ ​and​ ​”Beauty​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Beast”​ ​at​ ​Holy​ ​Child​ ​Jesus​, Richmond​ ​Hill.​

Connecting with St. Damien of Molakai

by AnnaMarie Prono

I NEVER EXPECTED shingles to hijack the last few weeks of summer, but it did. The good news is that it typically only strikes one side of the body. In my case, it was the right side. I could draw a line over the center of my scalp and down my face, and the blistering sores never crossed over to the left side. The bad news is, shingles is ugly, extremely painful and it doesn’t leave soon after the medication starts.

The Transmigration of Theological Nonsense

DURING THE LONG Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told syndicated columnist Michael Kelly, “This is our Church, all of us, and we need to take it back.”

Marriage: A Vocation of Service and Love

by Christian Rada

SINCE I ENTERED marriage ministry two years ago as coordinator of marriage, family life, and respect life education for the Diocese of Brooklyn, I have met with countless couples that are preparing for matrimony.

Be Thou My Vision, But What Do I See?

“Be thou my vision.” The ancient Irish words capture what I want for myself and my children: to keep the vision of God at the center of our lives. But how? Some days it feels helpless and hard enough to cling to my own faith, let alone foster theirs.