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Food in Scripture: A sign of God’s love and steadfastness

May 19th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Since the beginning of creation, humanity’s relationship with food has been inseparable from its relationship with God. In the Garden of Eden, God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

In disobeying this commandment — and seeking to be like God — Adam and Eve fell from grace and were expelled from the garden. Read more »

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Parish programs foster environmental stewardship

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. When he created man, he gave him dominion over the earth (Gn 1:28). In the wake of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” parishes across the United States — and all over the world — have been striving to implement the pope’s vision of how we can appropriately fulfill our role as caretakers of creation.

“Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” was officially released on June 18, 2015, and was Pope Francis’ second encyclical. Read more »

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Palm Sunday: How Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem fulfills Old Testament prophecy

April 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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It is a common adage by now that the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament, and the New revealed in the Old. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of centuries of prophecy, and when the Gospel was spread around the world, this point got great emphasis.

We, as Catholics, see ourselves in continuity with the ancient Jewish people, and as a result we have a special interest in understanding how the prophecies of the Old Testament came to fulfillment in Jesus. Read more »

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Saints with feast days this Lent

March 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 The lives of the saints are presented to us by the church as exemplars of a Christian life. We look to their example for instruction on how to live our faith, how to guide ourselves into a life in Christ. During the season of Lent, there are a number of saints’ feast days that can be particularly instructive.

Since the date of Easter is not fixed — it is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox — the dates that fall under Lent change from year to year. This broadens the potential for different saints’ feast days to fall during this holy season. Read more »

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Almsgiving as an act of mercy

March 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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We all recognize Lent as a time of sacrifice, a time to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Traditionally, there are three pillars of this intensely spiritual and ascetic period that can help us grow in charity and perfect penitence: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Prayer and fasting are the most widely understood of these three pillars, as is their connection to the 40 days of Lent. In these 40 days, we unite ourselves with Christ in the desert, as he prepared for his ministry. He fasted; he fervently prayed. But did he give alms? Read more »

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Ash Wednesday: Rituals and symbols

February 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Our society is not one that readily embraces the idea of sacrifice. There is little recognition of the profound benefits of self-denial and of giving completely of oneself to others — and to God.

All the more reason, then, for us as Catholics to actively live out the ideals of the penitential season of Lent. One way to prepare ourselves is to better understand the roots and symbolism of the season and the day that starts it all: Ash Wednesday. Read more »

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What is ‘holy leisure’?

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The Fathers of the Church often spoke of the concept of “otium sanctum,” or “holy leisure.” In the later works of St. Augustine, he would use this term to refer to the monastic life, in which the monk is free of everyday obligations and can devote his time to study and prayer.

However, it is not only the cloistered who are called to live this “otium sanctum”: all are to live lives of holy leisure. Read more »

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