What is the purpose of votive candles?

A reader asks: “What purpose do vigil candles serve? In my youth, I was told that the smoke from the candle carries our prayers to heaven, and as long as the candle stays lit, our prayers and intentions will be repeated. Is

Have mercy on me, a sinner … but!

In his usual tongue-in-cheek style, Bill Dodds explores our tendency to not fully take full responsibility for our sins. From Adam and Eve to … whomever … there is always someone else to blame. But Dodds gives readers three suggestions on how

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