Is it a sin to leave Mass early?

A reader writes: “I’m noticing that at every Mass I attend, there seem to be those few that approach the altar, accept the holy Eucharist, and instead of returning to their seats in grace or prayer, they simply walk toward one of

We stand at the foot of Calvary at every Mass

During the Consecration at Mass the priest says, “do this in remembrance of me.” But, a reader writes: “A friend says this does not literally mean ‘in memory of’ but rather ‘do this as a memorial,’ a continuation of Jesus’s sacrifice. I

Is God’s mercy unconditional?

A reader writes: “At Mass recently, I heard the prayers of the faithful say something like, ‘That the pastors of the Church may instill hope in the unconditional mercy of God.’ Is God’s mercy unconditional?” While it is certainly proper to say

The strange lesson of St. Thomas Aquinas

A reader writes: “I learned that St. Thomas Aquinas had a communication with Our Lord, receiving affirmation that he had ‘written well’ about the Eucharist. But, later in his life, St. Thomas stopped writing, having received a vision and believed, as a

Did Jesus know he was God?

A reader asks: “When did Jesus know he was God?” As Monsignor Charles Pope explains: “In Christ, we must distinguish his human knowledge from his divine knowledge. Clearly, as God, Jesus always knew he was God since the divine knowledge is omniscient

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