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Living justly in a changing world

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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On March 26, 1967, Blessed Paul VI promulgated his social encyclical “Populorum Progressio” (“The Progress of Peoples”).

In doing this, Blessed Paul continued in the footsteps of his predecessors Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius XI and St. John XXIII in enunciating the church’s social teaching and how it was to be implemented throughout in the world.

Just as Pope Leo XIII had done in 1891 when he focused his encyclical “Rerum Novarum” on the changes happening in the world between workers and business owners, Blessed Paul focused his attention on the changes happening at the end of colonialism and the spread of industrialization. Read more »

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Baptized into new life

April 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 Franciscan Father Rock Travnikar, who died on Christmas Day 2016, was one of the first priests in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, to fully implement the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

As the pastor of the small (only 95 families today) mission parish of Mother of Good Counsel in Hazard, Kentucky (now part of the Diocese of Lexington), he absolutely loved the Easter Vigil. Read more »

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Look it up: Hosanna in the highest

April 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The liturgy on Palm Sunday begins differently from most Masses. In most Catholic churches, people gather outside or in the vestibule where they hear a reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (21:1-11) about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palms are then blessed and the congregation processes into the church together.

While all four of the Gospel accounts tell basically the same story of what happened that day in Jerusalem, only Matthew uses these words: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest” (21:9). What exactly does the word “hosanna” mean and why would the crowd shout it about Jesus at this time? Read more »

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Proclaim a fast

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 “Then I proclaimed a fast … that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our possessions. … So we fasted, seeking this from our God, and it was granted” (Ezr 8:21, 23).

Fasting has been a time-honored practice from the early days of Israel. The practice, which Jesus followed as an observant Jew, was picked up by the early Christians and is still practiced by Christians today, mostly during the season of Lent. Read more »

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Look it up: Scriptural resources for marriage

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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While the Bible is filled with stories of great loves and devoted marriages such as those of Abraham and Sarah and of Jacob and Rachel, it offers relatively few verses that speak directly to the relationship between husband and wife.

But there are numerous verses in the Bible that describe the attitudes and behavior that are necessary for a healthy and holy life within the community. These same attitudes and behaviors are important within a married relationship as well. Read more »

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Look it up: Taking time to pray

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Because we can neither find nor create time, we must set aside time to accomplish anything of importance. Prayer was clearly important to Jesus because, as the Bible tells us, he frequently took the time to go off by himself to pray.
Throughout the Gospel stories, Jesus is shown taking time for prayer regularly, but also at critical times during his life. For example, following his baptism by John, Jesus went off by himself into the desert to fast and pray to prepare for the temptations he would experience (Mt 4). Read more »

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Look it up: Recognizing holy families

December 22nd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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            Although church tradition is rich in stories about the Holy Family, including stories of the Blessed Mother Mary’s childhood with her parents Joachim and Anne, there are only a few accounts in the Gospels that mention the family life of Jesus, Joseph and Mary. What we do have appears in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke.

            Here we find the familiar stories of Jesus’ birth, the visit of the Magi, the flight into Egypt to escape the murderous King Herod and Jesus getting left behind in the Temple when he was 12 years old. Nowhere do these stories describe the life of the Holy Family other than the brief passage in Luke 2:51 that says that Jesus was obedient to his parents. Read more »

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Scripture in the papal exhortation on families

November 4th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love,” is the result of the work developed at the two synods on the family that were held at the Vatican in 2014 and 2015.

While much of the content of this exhortation is taken from the findings that were voted on by the bishops who attended the synods, the exhortation is firmly rooted in Scripture. Read more »

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Look It Up — Making mercy a way of life

October 28th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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In the papal bull “Misericordiae Vultus” (“The Face of Mercy”), announcing and implementing the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis expressed the hope that on Nov. 20, 2016, when the Holy Year closes we will be so “steeped in mercy” that we can bring “the goodness and tenderness of God” to every man and woman so that they will know that God is with them (“Misericordiae Vultus,” No. 5).

Pope Francis wrote that he declared the Jubilee Year so that we would spend time contemplating and practicing “the mystery of mercy” so that we would become “more effective” signs of the Father’s love (Nos. 2-3). Read more »

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Look it up: Jesus the healer

October 24th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus was known for curing people of “every disease and illness” (Mt 4:23). News spread widely about him “to all of Syria,” and people were brought to him who suffered from various diseases and were “racked with pain,” along with “lunatics and paralytics, and he cured them” (Mt 4:24).

The Gospel accounts are filled with stories of Jesus’ ability to heal. Depending on how one categorizes these miracles, Matthew includes 16 reports, Mark recounts 12 events and Luke makes 12 such references. Read more »

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