Distinctly Catholic: Mercy Matters: Opening yourself to the Life-giving Gift is not the kind of book I normally review because it is not the kind of book I normally read.
Distinctly Catholic: We, of course, are former smokers. I began smoking as a freshman in college and, later, it was not uncommon to smoke two packs a day.
Column: I have no recent happy memories to use as a bridge from who my mother was to whom she became.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose. But was it appropriate?