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Saints of the Day: The Archangels

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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The Archangels

Feast Day: September 29

The chief angels of the high order are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Altarpiece of three archangels, Marco d”Oggiono (Wikimedia Commons)

Michael is viewed as a guide to heaven, protector of God’s chosen people, foe of Satan and guardian of the church.

Gabriel, revealer of the Incarnation, announced the births of John the Baptist and Christ.

Tradition honors Raphael, an angel of healing, as head of guardian angels, those who hear prayers and bring them to God.

In artwork these messengers of God are depicted as winged beings, a possible reference to the appearance of Gabriel “in rapid flight” to the prophet Daniel.

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First U.S.-born priest beatified

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Blessed Stanley Rother, Oklahoma priest and martyr, ‘lighted torch of hope for the church and world’

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother “fills us with sadness,” it also “gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

The 13 years Blessed Rother spent as a missionary in Guatemala “will always be remembered as the glorious epic of a martyr of Christ, an authentic lighted torch of hope for the church and the world,” the cardinal said in his homily during the U.S. priest’s beatification Mass. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture Readings: Oct. 1

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

1) Ez 18:25-28

Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14

2) Phil 2:1-11

Gospel: Mt 21:28-32

   

 

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This Sunday’s readings may not contain any big surprises, but there’s an important point we might overlook.

           

The prophet Ezekiel tells us that God will give life to those who turn away from the wrong they have done. What divine promise could be more familiar?

           

In the Gospel, Jesus also deals with the subject of sin. He makes the rather obvious but important point that saying the right thing can’t substitute for doing it. Read more »

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Saints of the Week: Guardian Angels

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Saints of the Week: Guardian Angels
Feast Day: October 2

The concept of guardian angels, as developed in Catholic theology and piety, has biblical roots.

Guardian Angels (CNS)

The angel Raphael aids Tobit and his family; one angel interprets for the prophet Zechariah, while another guides Cornelius in Acts of the Apostles; and angels are called “ministering spirits sent to serve” in the Letter to the Hebrews.

In Matthew, Jesus teaches: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd.”

Pope Clement X set this date as the feast of guardian angels in the 1670s.

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ is built on Thomist morality, pope says, many ‘respectable’ comments on it are ‘wrong’

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VATICAN CITY — Seeing, understanding and engaging with people’s real lives does not “bastardize” theology, rather it is what is needed to guide people toward God, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Colombia.

“The theology of Jesus was the most real thing of all; it began with reality and rose up to the Father,” he said during a private audience Sept. 10 in Cartagena, Colombia. The Rome-based Jesuit-run journal, La Civilta Cattolica, published a transcript from the meeting Sept. 28. The journal provided its own translations of the original Spanish remarks. Read more »

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Saint of the Day: Wenceslas

September 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Saint Wenceslas

Feast: September 28

Educated by his grandmother, St. Ludmilla, Wenceslas became duke of Bohemia (in the Czech Republic) at 15, after his father’s death and an unsuccessful regency by his mother.

Though young, he tried to establish the rule of law, improve education, extend Christianity and open Bohemia to the West.

St. Wenceslas (CNS)

But he ran afoul of his nobles, who did not approve of his acknowledging the German king as their overlord, and of his younger brother’s ambition.

At a church dedication, Boleslas, the brother, provoked a fight with Wenceslas in which the latter was killed.

He was immediately venerated as a martyr.

The relics of this patron saint of Bohemia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

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A celebration of life in the Bible

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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When we think about the Respect Life cause in biblical terms, we probably recall the phrase from Deuteronomy that has become a popular pro-life slogan, “Choose life” (Dt 30:19). It’s a pointed and comprehensive phrase that reflects the pro-life message about valuing all human life. However, the Bible contains other great examples that highlight the value of life.

Consider the moment Elizabeth and Mary met at the visitation. Both women were miraculously pregnant — Mary, by the virginal conception of Jesus, and Elizabeth after having been declared barren. The recognition of the precious lives within them caused the child within Elizabeth’s womb to leap for joy (Lk 1:41). Read more »

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Domestic abuse: A parish response

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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As places of faith, compassion and respect for life, parishes are in a unique position to raise awareness about domestic abuse and support families as they find help. But misinformation and a hesitancy to talk about such a tough issue can make this challenging.

Catholics for Family Peace Education and Research Initiative, housed at The Catholic University of America within the National Catholic School of Social Service, was formed to help parishes respond to domestic abuse in an “informed, compassionate way,” said director Sharon O’Brien. Read more »

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Love them both

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In my early high school years, I hung around the hippy crowd. We were all about long hair, rock music and anti-war marches. My English teacher was the coolest teacher at the school. She had us read a new best-seller, “The Population Bomb,” that predicted food shortages and wars due to runaway overpopulation.

She also alerted us to the crisis many women face who get pregnant unexpectedly, when they are not ready to raise a child. And then she told us that many of these women, seeking a solution to the crisis, have recourse to back-alley abortionists who kill some of these women and maim others. Read more »

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Living our Faith: Respect Life and Domestic Violence Awareness

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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October is Respect Life Month, as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“The Visitation,” circa 1445, which was created by Luca della Robbia, was featured in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The Bible contains great examples that highlight the value of life. Consider the moment Elizabeth and Mary, both miraculously pregnant, met at the visitation. (CNS photo/courtesy National Gallery of Art)

To be pro-life means to value all human life, from conception through natural death.

Parishes can tie these two issues together through homilies, bulletin announcements, flyers, resources and focused prayer, especially in the prayer of the faithful at Mass.

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