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Does marriage ruin relationships? 

April 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The spring trees made a green arch over the path as we pedaled along, about five months into our dating relationship. We were so in love, so affectionate, that as we biked through the mountains we reached across the space between our bikes to hold hands.

We rode on like that for some time, contentedly connected by hand and soul, talking and riding at a leisurely pace, letting others pass us by.

When suddenly, we lost balance and crashed, our bikes and ourselves toppling over each other. We laughed, recognizing then just how crazy we were about each other. Read more »

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Marriage: The love of Christ made visible

April 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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“What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner sang in her famous song by the same name. If her question is about the Catholic understanding of marriage, then the answer is both “not much” and “virtually everything.”

The first answer is especially true if you understand love as Turner’s song described it — an emotional response based on physical attraction. Marriage, as the church understands it, does not require these kinds of feelings of love. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series – Matrimony

April 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Christian marriage takes the human dimensions of attraction, emotion, friendship and sacrificial service spoken by the couple in their daily life

A Vietnamese bride pushes her groom during a photo shoot for their wedding near Hoi An Dec. 11, 2016. As husband and wife share the common purpose of loving and serving God, they are united in a unique way, finding in each other a call to embody Christ’s sacrificial love as they pursue holiness in their marriage and thus their lives together. (CNS photo/Reuters)

together and makes them a language that communicates the nuptial love of Christ for the church.

Marriage points us to the best kind of friendship: a friendship that is based on shared sacrifice and helping each other become more holy and virtuous.
The marriage relationship can be a source of great joy and comfort, but it also entails difficulty and sacrifice, just as does Christian life more generally.
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Pope accepts resignation of Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholic archbishop

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same archeparchy to be apostolic administrator.

Archbishop Soroka, 66, is resigning for medical reasons. Under church law a bishop is expected to submit his resignation to the pope at age 75. His resignation was accepted in accord with Canon 210 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, which allows a bishop to resign before age 75 “due to ill health or to another serious reason.”

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Viewpoint: Much will be required of those with much

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Every Saturday, a local newspaper features excerpts from Sunday homilies, including occasional Catholic ones, in a section called “From the Pulpit.”

Easter weekend featured a Unitarian minister’s reflections. Unitarians profess a free search for truth and meaning and do not assert any creed. Needless to say, their theology can be very different than Catholic or mainline Protestant belief. Sometimes, it’s useful to see a new perspective.

The writer acknowledged, “While I celebrate Easter, my understanding of it may not be the same as yours.” Read more »

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St. Mark’s senior finds inspiration, vocation in older sister

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WILMINGTON — One never knows where he or she will find the thing that motivates him or her, that sets the course of one’s life.

For St. Mark’s High School senior Michael Robinette, all the inspiration he needs is at his Hockessin home. His sister Christina, three years his senior, has cerebral palsy, and starting out trying to help her, he has found what he hopes will be his life’s path. Read more »

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Opponents line up against Delaware physician-assisted suicide push

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The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network is urging people to contact legislators to demonstrate opposition to a physician-assisted suicide bill that could be voted on in mid-April.

“House Bill 160, the so called ‘End of Life Options Act,’ would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Delaware,” according to a statement from the advocacy group. “Some predict that this profoundly troubling legislation could be voted on the week of April 16, 2018. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Paul Baumbach (D-Newark), and advocates for legalizing this practice, claim to be nearing the number of votes required to pass the legislation in the House of Representatives.
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‘Amazed, grateful and in awe’

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Even after more than 40 years as a priest I find myself amazed and surprised in the ministry. The amazement comes from the types of ministry into which I have been called. The surprise is the way I view priesthood both in itself and in its relationship with the laity of the parishes where I have ministered.

I always felt called to parish ministry. Since ordination, however, I have discovered the rich mosaic of that ministry. 

Looking back, I am amazed that I had the privilege of working in a university campus parish with young adults and faculty, in providing ministry in both Spanish and English, in making weekly visits to share faith with the men on death row at the prison near the parish, and most recently becoming the planter and founder of a new Catholic church community. Read more »

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The priesthood: A ministry not my own

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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The most meaningful day of my priestly career began with a call from a former student. Her grandmother had been lying in bed at the final stage of her life while the family waited for the end to arrive. 

After two weeks of waiting, her aunts began to wonder why their mother was holding on to life with such tenacity. My former student guessed that her grandmother, a believing Catholic, was waiting for a priest’s visit before beginning her passage into eternity.  Read more »

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The sacrament of holy orders: At the service of communion

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Over the course of 2,000 years, the church has canonized myriad bishops, priests and deacons. Certainly each of these men lived an exemplary life of holiness, but what is common to all of them is their path to holiness was marked by a unique sacrament: holy orders. 

The term “order” (“ordo” in Latin) refers to a group or a body into which a man is incorporated through the rite of “ordination” (“ordinatio”). Read more »

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