Guest Columns

What is a Pilgrimage?

The act of going on a pilgrimage has a long history in Christian tradition.

Pastoral work to support openness to life

In this the ninth article in this series we arrive at the Synod preparations discussion of the proper care and support for spouses in their effort to become and remain open to new life in their marriage.

Why do we need an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy?

Pope Francis has declared the coming the year from December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016 as an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

As Catholics our compassion must trump discrimination

On October 13, 1881 the Lillig family arrived in New York City after a decade of mounting Prussian persecution of Catholics …

The transmission of life and the challenges of a declining birthrate

A common misconception about the Catholic Church is that she teaches (or once taught) that married women must try to have as many babies as possible

My first ‘Date Night’

Recently, I was invited to participate in the monthly Date Night sponsored by The School of Love.

Mercy and Truth in Action: Caring for Wounded Families

The next theme in this series on the Church’s pastoral care for the family, “Caring for Wounded Families (Persons who are Separated, Divorced and Not Remarried, Divorced and Remarried and Single-Parent Families)”

Pastoral care for couples civilly married or living together

I was born and brought up in Kerala, India, and raised in the Syro-Malabar rite.

Guiding Couples in Preparation for Marriage and Accompanying the Newly Married

As a priest, one of my most meaningful ministries is marriage preparation.

Mercy and Truth in Action: Pastoral Care of the Family

We seem to live in a time when many (Catholics and non-Catholics alike) don’t seem to be very well-informed about how the average Catholic priest responds to situations like cohabitation before marriage, the use of contraception, the needs of a person who experiences same sex attraction and other similar situations

October 10, 2015
Newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph