I've been editor of TCA for more than six years now. Reading and responding to our readers' questions has been a great pleasure and a greater challenge. Just as the teacher in a classroom inevitably learns more from the experience than even the students, the editor of a magazine such as this one inescapably learns volumes about the Catholic faith. It never ceases to be a stimulating, stretching experience.

There's no end to the questions from our readers, and no wonder: To be Catholic is to be part of a tradition of profound depths, universal scope, rich complexity and perpetual mystery. In this life, then, to be Catholic is also to be asking questions, to be searching for more of the truth about God, ourselves, the Church and the world.

With this in mind, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, when we recall how much we have to be thankful for, I'm especially grateful for our readers. You make TCA what it is. Your questions drive the magazine, and your thoughtful comments and criticisms help to make it better. Your quest for knowledge and clarity, your desire to do the right thing in the right way, encourage and inspire me.

Let me offer, then, a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our entire staff.

At the same time, let me encourage you to keep those e-mails and letters coming. In our search for more understanding about all things Catholic, we've only just begun!

Keep in mind that in this magazine we try to answer questions of three types.

First, questions that Catholics are commonly asking.

Second, questions that Catholics are commonly beingasked by non-Catholics.

And, third, questions that Catholics should be asking.

So what Catholic question has been bugging you? Is it something about theology? Morality? Scripture? Liturgy? Church history? Canon law? Send it!

Of course, we can't promise to answer every question we receive; there are far too many. So we have to choose those questions that we believe are of the greatest interest, and import, for the majority of our readers.

After you send a question or comment, you should receive an e-mail or postcard notification confirming that your correspondence has been received. But keep in mind that we can't answer questions personally and privately. We simply don't have enough staff to do that. The questions we select for an answer are always published, though we will, of course, honor an explicit request to withhold the inquirer's name.

See the guidelines on Page 21 for submitting a question. Then send one! We'll be glad you asked. TCA