What is a Novena?

What is a Novena?

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie, What is a novena? Where did they come from and why do we pray them?Novena comes from the Latin Language and means nine. As used by Catholics this means a series of nine prayers. Usually the series refers to a prayer or devotion offered on...
One God, Many Religions

One God, Many Religions

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie, If there is only one God, why are there so many religions in the world?With apologies to Shakespeare, the fault, Dear Reader, lies not in our God, but in ourselves. God indeed, if I can say it this way, knows how to be truly Three, and...
Faith to Move Mountains

Faith to Move Mountains

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie,In scripture Jesus says that if we have faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. Why aren’t we moving mountains? Does anyone really have that kind of faith?Just to add a little fuel to the fire let me add that in John’s Gospel...
Why Do Priests in the Catholic Church Keep Celibacy?

Why Do Priests in the Catholic Church Keep Celibacy?

Question: Why do priests in the Catholic Church keep celibacy?I have always been surprised at the apparent vexation this discipline stirs among some Christian people, especially since it is explicitly recommended in the New Testament. Paul is very clear about its...
Is My Prayer Good Enough?

Is My Prayer Good Enough?

Question: Dear Sister, My prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better?Answer: Dear Friend, Yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy…First of all, I suggest not...