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How St. Joseph is an Advent model

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Let us see your face.” The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent’s first Sunday. Heard in the responsorial psalm after the first biblical reading, it echoes this repeated plea to God in Psalm 80:

“Light up your face and we shall be saved.” Read more »

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What makes families happy?

November 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Do you know any families who do not hope for happiness? I don’t.

 

But most of us have trouble defining “happiness” precisely. Though we relentlessly pursue happiness, it is difficult to state precisely what we’re pursuing. Perhaps, though, we know what happiness is not, and that could help. Read more »

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A devotional life will not leave us as it found us

October 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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An older man, out in the morning for his first mile-and-a-half walk of the day, silently recites the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me” — or, “have mercy on me, a sinner.”

At about the same time of day, somewhere a mother and her toddler are driving to their parish to participate in its biweekly mothers’ group. Prayer, spiritual reflection and conversation about parenthood’s challenges and rewards lie at the heart of such groups’ activities. Read more »

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Christian unity: The past encounters the future

October 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Something virtually unthinkable happened during the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s. Numerous Christians who were not Roman Catholics were invited to serve as formal observers of the council proceedings in Rome.

These observers’ surprising presence at the council confirmed that a centuries-long polemical era of disputes and contention, a time when divided Christians basically turned their backs to each other, was undergoing a profound transformation. Read more »

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On giving life to each Catholic’s faith: The Counter-Reformation

October 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The story of the Catholic Church at the time the 16th-century Catholic Counter-Reformation began is multidimensional.

Rarely forgotten are the denunciations that marked this time of unfamiliar new divisions in the Christian world. But what today may escape notice are the efforts in the 1500s by new religious orders and congregations to renew Catholic life. Read more »

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Scripture, no longer a divider of Christians

September 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Future church historians will explain to my great-grandchildren how an age of dialogue arose during the 20th and 21st centuries, displacing the hostile, suspicious age of polemics that for 400 years shaped relationships between Catholics and members of the Reformation churches.

Divided Christians during the age of polemics shied away from examining faith together or remembering that Scripture constitutes a shared treasure.

The Bible became a point of contention. Read more »

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Unity in diversity: Challenge for the ages

July 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Do you know any wife and husband who hold identical views on every practical concern in their lives together? Typically, spouses differ to some degree about the best ways of spending their free time, or raising and disciplining children, or planning for the future. Pope Francis believes something good can come of this.

“Keep an open mind,” he exhorted couples and families in “The Joy of Love,” his 2016 apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life. “Don’t get bogged down in your own limited ideas and opinions but be prepared to change or expand them,” he advised. Read more »

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Do we look forward to the life of the world to come?

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Heaven is so hard to imagine! For heaven is to such a great extent unknown to us.

Yet, we who are Catholics profess in the Nicene Creed during the Mass that we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” But do we? Pope Benedict XVI wondered about that. Read more »

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Looking anew at the realities of suffering

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Profound suffering, like a howling wind sweeping over and around people, is a force to contend with. It shakes people, knocks them off balance and causes them to feel uncertain what to do or which way to turn.

Harsh suffering damages the hope that people require and leaves them feeling isolated in their anguish — alone, misunderstood, weakened and struggling. Read more »

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Experiencing an intimate connection with God

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Are you a mystic? It is an odd-sounding question, isn’t it?

We contemporary Christians — heirs of an elevated, rarified notion of Christian mysticism — tend to retreat from the whole idea.

Recently, however, Pope Francis struck a different tone in describing mystics. The mystic simply is someone who “experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings,” said his 2015 encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’.” Read more »

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