Rev. Don Thomas, M.S.
| I am pleased to be a newly recruited contributor to The Journals ,the new Catholic website. I was born in northeast Pennsylvania, a little town outside of Scranton, called Jermyn, PA, and I am the ninth of ten children. Consequently, I learned at an early age to be a "survivor". Sounds familiar in this TV age of ours. I was educated in the seminaries of the Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette, and was ordained on May 11, 1957. After teaching in the seminary for five years, my ministry for the past 42 years has been in parishes in Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. In the spirit of ecumenism, I have shared many wonderful experiences with people of various faiths and denominations, and I have always striven to explain aspects of our Catholic Faith, not with the intention of changing peoples' minds by way of conversion, as much as helping them understand the position and the teachings, with the hope of effecting better communication and mutual respect. I feel I have enjoyed much success in that endeavor.
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Reflections by Father Thomas
What is the Purpose of These Reflections
Trying to Change God's Laws
Seeking Happiness in the Wrong Places
A Real Problem—Misplaced Faith
Listening Is Important
Basics of Our Catholic Faith
Two Kinds of Blessing
Thoughts About Spirits...and The Trinity
A Spirit defined, and its Relation
to Abortion and Integration
The Two Gimmicks of Jesus Christ
Reflection on the Seven Sacraments
More on the Sacraments
The Importance of Baptism
Why Do People Get Confirmed?
The Miracle of Transubstantiation
Body and Blood of Christ
Thoughts About Confession
Confession and Forgiving Sins
About Confession and the 'Penance' Given
Mortal and Venial Sin
My Chalice and the Mass
Nothing Out of Mass
Shine Your Light
The Danger of Half-Truths
The Power of Intercession
Why We Honor Mary
Call No Man Father
Making Sense of the Will of God
Some Thoughts on the Holy Bible
Morality and the Double-Effect Principle
Purgatory Makes a Lot of Sense
A Basic Understanding of Indulgences
Anger, Hatred, and No Forgiveness
Perfect and Imperfect Contrition
Ray's Deathbed—A Memorable Distinction
What Are the "Many Mansions" All About?
What is LaSalette
What is LaSalette About?
The Message of LaSalette
What Is the Difference Between Diocesan
and Religious Priests and Brothers
My Mother Was A Priest
To Be or Not To Be—An Enabler
In Relationships—Actor or Re-Actor?
Our Tongue—Do We Value It?
Becoming Like Protestants
Please Help Me Understand Annulments
Funerals: Nothing Against Flowers, But...
Christmas is Under Attack
How Do I Know When I Am Truly Sorry?
How Do Covenants and Contracts Differ?
Sacramentals Are Not Sacraments
Social Development is a "Must"
Some Spoken Words We Live to Regret
More Sayings We Live to Regret
November—and the Communion of Saints
Solving Disagreements Agreeably
Who's Kidding Whom?
Cheap? Selfish? or Generous? Take Your Pick
In Our Car, Faith Can Improve Our Driving
Get Behind Me Satan