Roger Vermalen Karban is a priest of the Belleville, Illinois., diocese and pastor-emeritus of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Renault, Illinois. He holds a licenciate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and did his scripture studies at St. Louis University. He teaches scripture courses at St. Louis University and Southwestern Illinois College.

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Why do we still tolerate Mass stipends?

Grace from Eucharist comes to all of us, whether or not we pay a Mass stipend. But that stipend is a reflection of looking at Eucharist as not an action but a thing -- a commodity.

See what others don’t

Spiritual Reflections: We, like Jesus and Paul, experience God and good in our lives because we’ve become a force of God and good in other people’s lives.

Forming the remnant

Spiritual Reflections: People of faith only change their behavior when they personally see a need to change, not when they're ordered to do so.

No tabernacles necessary

Back in the early 1960s, one of the games we North American College "old men" would play with new arrivals to the institution would be to take them to a couple of Rome's oldest churches and challenge them to find the original tabernacles. Usually, they didn't have any. If the church did, the tabernacles were located in a back pillar, or in a wall near the front door. As far as I can remember, in no church was it situated near the main altar, or in any place physically conducive to eucharistic adoration.