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Scott P. Richert

Updated Articles and Resources

By Scott P. Richert

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • A Prayer in Honor of Saint John the Baptist Created: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life.
    • About Catholicism's Novena of the Week Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
    • Who Was Born Without Original Sin? Created: Friday, September 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
    • Confession and the Age of First Communion Created: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Should the age of First Communion be raised because too few Catholics go to Confession?
    • Intellect and the Sacraments Created: Friday, August 16, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Does the efficacy of the sacraments depend on our ability to understand what happens in them?
    • Team OLA: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Created: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Help the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels spread the Gospel of Christ in inner-city Chicago.
    • Catholicism 101 Created: Thursday, May 29, 2008 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
    • Dormition Created: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      The definition of dormition.
    • Did the Virgin Mary Die Before Her Assumption? Created: Monday, August 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
    • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Created: Saturday, August 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
    • In Honor of the Assumption Created: Monday, August 05, 2013 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      This beautiful prayer was written by Pope Pius XII, who defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    • Is Assumption a Holy Day of Obligation? Created: Thursday, June 19, 2008 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.
    • Can Catholics Eat Meat on the Assumption? Created: Friday, August 15, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Like all feasts in the Catholic Church, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary sometimes falls on a Friday. When it does, can you eat meat?
    • Six Myths About NFP That Everyone Knows to Be True Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      Why Natural Family Planning is probably something different from what you think it is.
    • Should the Age of First Communion Be Lowered? Created: Monday, August 04, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Why should Catholic children wait to receive their First Communion? One cardinal argues they shouldn't.
    • The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ Created: Monday, August 06, 2007 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      The Transfiguration of Our Lord celebrates the revelation of Christ's divine glory and provides us with a glimpse of our life in the world to come.
    • Prayers for August Created: Sunday, August 03, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Find prayers for the month of August, which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    • A Prayer to Saint Dominic Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      In this prayer to Saint Dominic, we pray for the virtues of penance, purity, fidelity, and charity.
    • Is Transfiguration a Holy Day of Obligation? Created: Monday, August 03, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Is Transfiguration a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
    • A Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus Created: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      This very touching Hymn in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus is an especially appropriate family or group activity for January, the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus.
    • The Precepts of the Church Created: Sunday, April 06, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      The precepts of the Church, also called the commandments of the Church, are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.
    • Anima Christi Created: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      This beautiful prayer, which dates from the early 14th century, was translated by John Henry Cardinal Newman.
    • What Are the Rules for Fasting Before Communion? Created: Thursday, October 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
    • The Sacrament of Holy Communion Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
    • The Seven Sacraments Created: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
    • How Late Can I Arrive at Mass and Still Receive Communion? Created: Friday, July 03, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      How much of the Mass do you need to attend in order to receive Communion? The answer may surprise you.
    • How Often Can Catholics Receive Holy Communion? Created: Thursday, September 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Can Catholics receive Communion more than once per day? If so, under what conditions?
    • A Precious Blood Prayer to the Mother of God Created: Friday, October 29, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      In this prayer, we ask the Virgin Mary to offer the Precious Blood of Christ for the protection and advancement of the Church.
    • A Prayer to Saint Joachim Created: Thursday, July 24, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      In this prayer to Saint Joachim, we trust the love of Mary and Jesus for Saint Joachim to bring us the fulfillment of the favor for which we ask.
    • A Prayer to Saint Anne, Mother of Mary Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      In this prayer to Saint Anne, we ask the mother of Mary to pray for us so that we may grow in love for Christ and His Mother.
    • Is NFP Really Effective in Avoiding Pregnancy? Created: Thursday, July 29, 2010 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      How can Natural Family planning be 99.6 percent effect if women who have unprotected sex have an 85-percent pregnancy rate?
    • NFP Works! Just Ask the Guttmacher Institute Created: Friday, July 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      How does Natural Family Planning compare with artificial forms of contraception?

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