This is the first in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 2, part 3 and part 4)

Who are we to judge what is a sin?

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Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in that city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by the homily.

God calls us to break through the darkness

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 22 (Year A) Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17-18; Matthew 4:12-23

In the depths of gloom and suffering, the most welcome gift is a message of true hope and encouragement.

God’s guiding hand calls us to greater mission

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 15 (Year A) Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

The job we signed on for often turns out to be far more than we could imagine.

Churches must be a sanctuary for all

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Whenever we have been at our best, as Christians, we have opened our churches as sanctuaries to the poor and the endangered.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ masterwork continues to amaze

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I have a long love affair with St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th-century philosopher, theologian, teacher, writer and Dominican preacher who stands among the most important Catholic thinkers of the past 2,000 years.

Reconciliation is harder than we think

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How difficult is human relationship! How glorious, how deeply and universally sought-after it is! Our hunger for relationship can draw out the best and the worst in us. The deepest wrestling is with one another, in relationship — be it person to person, nation to nation, or Church to Church.  

The Light will always conquer the darkness

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Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 8 (Year A) Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Darkness does indeed often cover the Earth and its people, and it is one of our own making.

Blessing is a powerful tool for hope, healing

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Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Jan. 1 (Year A) Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

What does Aaron’s blessing tell us about the nature of God?

Connecting the dots between the crib and the cross

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The Gospel stories about the birth of Jesus are not a simple retelling of the events that took place then, at the stable in Bethlehem.

Jesus’ light will take us out of darkness

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Nativity of the Lord, Dec. 25 (Year A) Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-16

Jesus is God’s response to the prayers, yearnings and hopes of human beings in all times and places.