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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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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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