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Q: I understand that there is a special Synod of Bishops taking place in Rome beginning Oct. 5. What is a synod and what are its duties? — A reader in Arlington A: On Sept. 15, 1965 (shortly … more
We now continue with the last two gifts of the Holy Spirit: counsel and fortitude. The gift of counsel is “to render the individual docile and receptive to the counsel of God regarding one’s … more
Having pondered the gifts of fear of the Lord, piety, and knowledge, we proceed to the gifts of understanding and wisdom. Please remember that the quoted definitions are from Father Jordan Aumann’s … more
Having reflected on the gifts of fear of the Lord and of piety, we move onto the gift of knowledge. Remember the foundation: The gift of fear of the Lord moves a person to have a profound reverence … more
In the last issue, Straight Answers reflected on the gift of the Holy Spirit identified as fear of the Lord. Recall that fear of the Lord is a profound reverence for Almighty God, which motivates us … more
In the June 5 issue of the Catholic Herald, we introduced the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are first imparted at baptism and then fully given at confirmation. We must not underestimate these … more
Q: I received the sacrament of confirmation as an adult this past Easter Vigil Mass in my parish. Although I know that I received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we never really discussed them in … more
Q: I understand that objects of devotion that have been blessed (such as palm branches, rosaries, crucifixes, etc.) should never be simply discarded in the trash, but should be disposed of by burying … more
Q: We often hear mentioned how President Reagan helped to bring down the Soviet Union. Shouldn’t Pope John Paul II also be given credit? (Purcellville) A: Pope (now St.) John Paul II should … more
Q: A priest told me that receiving Holy Communion forgives venial sin, and I only need to go to confession if I am in a state of mortal sin. Is this correct? Years ago, we were told that you had to … more
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