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‘Development means peace,’ 1967 encyclical said

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Development is “the new name for peace,” Blessed Paul VI declared in “The Progress of Peoples” (“Populorum Progressio”). Those well-known words reflect the heart and soul of this encyclical, whose 50th anniversary we celebrate in 2017.

Blessed Paul wanted to communicate a clear message that “peace is not simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power.” Extreme economic, social and educational disparities between nations often jeopardize peace between them, he stressed. Read more »

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The liberation Easter brings

April 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Easter begins in the darkness and at night, when the great vigil Mass for this central Christian feast is celebrated. Yet Easter is all about daylight — a “new day” in time.

The resurrected Jesus is “the Morning Star,” according to the Exsultet, the rather ancient and remarkable hymn still heard during the Easter Vigil. Like the morning star shining at dawn, Jesus signals a new day’s arrival, with all the hopes attached to it. Read more »

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Why fasting is a paradox

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fasting is a paradox for Christians. It encompasses seemingly contradictory intentions.

First, fasting appears to possess a negative quality. It asks us to do less of something — to eat less, to reduce the amount of our TV viewing or curtail our spending and the time devoted to shopping, for example. Read more »

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How a marriage strengthens and grows

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Marriage is like a crucible. At least Pope Francis appears to think so.

But how is marriage anything like a crucible in which, for example, metal is melted in order to be remolded into a new shape? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: ‘The time of grandparents’

January 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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“A plant without roots does not grow.” Pope Francis was thinking of grandparents when he made that statement recently in Tbilisi, capital of the country of Georgia. Read more »

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Walking in the shoes of the Magi

December 29th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Starlight guided the steps of the gift-bearing Magi “from the east,” who soon after Jesus’ birth undertook a journey that led to “the newborn king of the Jews,” enabling them to pay homage to him.

The Gospel of Matthew tells of the Magi (2:1-11). A bright star in the heavens beckoned to them. So they set out from home and traveled toward its light. Read more »

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Book review: Businessman finds traits of ‘Great Catholic Parishes’

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“Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive” by William E. Simon Jr. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 202 pp. $17.95.

No single thread connects the Catholic parishes that are vibrant and thriving in the 21st century. “There is no silver bullet for doing great parish ministry in the Catholic Church today,” writes William E. Simon Jr. Read more »

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Living Our Faith — How the Christmas story points beyond itself

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The Christmas story is vibrant and fast-moving, replete with vivid images of angels celebrating an infant’s birth and shepherds going “in haste” to find this newborn child, astonished to discover him “lying in the manger” (Luke 2:16).

Christians happily listen to this story every year. Can you imagine Christmas without it? Read more »

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Mary experienced God’s game-changing ways

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God is not reluctant to astonish people, it is said. That is a good thing, even when astonishing news briefly causes people to feel startled or confused — amazed by one of life’s unexpected developments. Read more »

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Living Our Faith — Advent joy for imperfect Christians

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It is not mysterious at all that the church lodges an annual day of joy in the heart of Advent. The tone of this December day, called Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits. Read more »

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