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Proclaiming the Gospel to the cultures that come to us

November 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Mark, Jesus gives his disciples a final command before he ascends into heaven: They are to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world, making disciples as they go, and teaching a way of life. Scripture scholars call this the “great commission.”

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). Read more »

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Some qualities of happy families

November 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in “Anna Karenina” wrote: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

 The first line of Tolstoy’s classic novel is widely familiar. While quoted often, the statement isn’t necessarily true. Every family is different.

However, there are certain qualities that can be found in every happy family, and that may well be missing in every unhappy family. Read more »

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God’s grace through the sacraments

October 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In 1517, when Martin Luther went public with his 95 Theses or proposals against the selling of indulgences, he expected a reasoned debate similar to others he had encouraged with previous proposals. Little could he have dreamed or expected that he would unleash a religious maelstrom that is today known as the Reformation. Read more »

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On a mission from God

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Pope Francis, in his 2013 apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”), says that the church, the people of God, is called to go forth and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world. In order to do this, all of the baptized must see themselves as “missionary disciples” (No. 120), re-creating the missionary zeal of Jesus’ first disciples. Read more »

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The role of the laity: Priest, prophet and king

July 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (“Lumen Gentium”) promulgated by Blessed Paul VI on Nov. 21, 1964, presents succinctly the church’s teaching on the role of the laity in the church and in the world. This teaching can be found in Chapter 4, “The Laity,” Nos. 30-38.

A year later, the council expanded on this teaching in the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (“Apostolicam Actuositatem”), promulgated by Blessed Paul VI on Nov. 18, 1965. Here we will look at the teaching found in “Lumen Gentium.” Read more »

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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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