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Holy friendship: ‘A remnant of paradise’

April 23rd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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From the first moments of creation, God declared that “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Gn 2:18). Human beings long for companionship, for someone to relate to, someone to desire the best for. This is not only a yearning for romantic love; humans are made for friendship, and, ultimately, friendship with God.

Even before the time of Christ, Aristotle wrote beautifully on the subject of friendship. Many are familiar with a phrase of his composing, a friend is “a single soul in two bodies.” Theological inaccuracies notwithstanding, it is an intriguing observation.  Read more »

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Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In many ways, the Gospel of Mark is quite mysterious. Even a superficial reading often leads to many questions. A deeper reading may give some answers, but reveals many more puzzles.

During Holy Week, as we reflect on the passion narratives presented in the Gospels, we may notice that, although Jesus surely went to Jerusalem many times throughout his life to observe the Jewish feasts, Mark recounts only one visit (Mk 11:1-10). Why would that be? Read more »

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The Magi’s journey and ours

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus is commemorated as the feast of the Epiphany. This places the emphasis on what was revealed to them at this, the culmination of their long journey “from the east” (Mt 2:1).

The Magi remain mysterious figures. There are many theories as to just who these pilgrims were. There is a consensus that they travelled a great distance from the east, compelled as they were to come and do homage to the “newborn king of the Jews” (Mt 2:2). Read more »

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What does Scripture reveal about heaven?

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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In the great creeds of the Catholic faith, we profess our belief in the “life of the world to come” and “life everlasting.” This is not something merely passively believed in; rather, it is a profound hope in the truest sense of the word: the blessed trust in God’s mercy and providence.

Why is this “world to come” something that we should look forward to? What do we learn from sacred Scripture? Read more »

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The prophets as communicators of God’s word

July 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Before the incarnation of Christ, the Word of God made flesh, God’s word was communicated to his people through the prophets. As the mouthpieces of the Lord, they provided instruction, admonishment, encouragement and comfort to his people.

The names of many of these prophets are quite familiar to Jews and Christians today, even to those not terribly familiar with Scripture: Isaiah and Jeremiah, Hosea and Jonah, David, Daniel, Zechariah and many others. Quite often these were erratic, eccentric and downright strange individuals — but that did not negate for even a moment that they were speaking the word of God. Read more »

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Two experiences of fatherhood

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fatherhood is a divine gift that too often goes unrecognized and unremarked upon. It is a vocation of love and a complete giving of self. As with any vocation, fatherhood is fundamentally not about the father himself, but about how he relates to others: as protector, defender and sanctifier of his family.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the importance of the vocation of fatherhood. With role models such as St. Joseph, St. Louis Martin (father of St. Therese of Lisieux) and, above all, God, our heavenly father, it is clear that fatherhood must flow from a place of deep spirituality. Read more »

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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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