Ask a Franciscan | Sharing Communion Is Rarely Permitted

Pat McCloskey, OFM, asks the tough questions in St. Anthony Messenger's "Ask a Franciscan."

Pat McCloskey, OFM

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Is it OK to Celebrate Halloween?

Two of our friars remind us of the fun involved in Halloween.

Christopher Heffron

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Sacrament of the Eucharist

Sacrament of the Eucharist

The Church invites us to celebrate the Eucharist and to receive Holy Communion “often” and “worthily.” But what does that mean?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Sacrament of Confirmation (Image: Diocese of Fort Worth)

Sacrament of Confirmation

If the Sacrament of Confirmation isn't a “coming of age” celebration, than what is it?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Image: Dimitry Ryzhkov)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Three things are required for a sin to be mortal: serious matter, full consent, and full knowledge. What's the difference?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Sacrament of the Holy Orders (Image: Artur Nowacki)

Sacrament of Holy Orders

A calling to religious life is a gift from God. But what if I feel unworthy?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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The Sacrament of Marriage (Image: Grazia Mele)

Sacrament of Marriage

Jesus raised the human institution of marriage to the dignity of a sacrament. But why?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Image: Sacrament of Baptism | Lawrence OP

Sacrament of Baptism

Having a baby baptized is both an act of faith and a cultural affair. What does that mean?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Image: Anointing of the Sick. (CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida-Vueva.com)

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is not the "kiss of death." But what is it exactly?

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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An Overview of the Seven Sacraments

The seven sacraments are drawn from the love that Jesus has for all of us as shown by his life, passion, death, and resurrection.

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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