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Moved by Mercy: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life

For many years the Church in the United States has celebrated October as Respect Life Month. It is a beautiful reminder to all of us that life is a sacred gift. Each year at this time, the U.S. Bishops launch the new edition of the Respect Life Program, a collection of resources used in dioceses nationwide to help all the faithful to live out the Gospel of Life. The theme of this year’s...

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

Humanae Vitae was issued on July 25, 1968, and with each passing year we see continued evidence of the truth of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s predictions in his encyclical, about what would happen if contraceptive use were to become widespread. Even those who are accustomed to dealing with the evils of the culture of death on a regular basis cannot help but be left aghast at the degradation and destruction our society has...

Happily Ever After and the Freedom of the Gift

On a hurried Saturday afternoon while running some routine errands, I made a quick stop in the local Dollar Store to pick up some wrapping paper. What I encountered at the cash register turned out to be an occasion for some serious reflection. Among my purchases was a pretty gift bag for an upcoming bridal shower. The clerk who was bagging my items commented on what a pretty bag it was, then upon closer look,...

Freedom, Truth, and Conscience: Why Religious Liberty Matters

When the U.S. Bishops implemented the first Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, many thought it would be a one-time event. But now, in 2016, dioceses across the country are embarking on the fifth annual observance. The Fortnight for Freedom is a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom. As we’ve seen over the past five years, the need has only grown stronger to persevere in this effort to...

Let Them Serve!

 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose...

Mercy: The Love More Powerful Than Sin

Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), the second encyclical of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, is arguably one of the greatest treasures of the Church, and one that is particularly significant for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Issued in 1980, thirty years before the canonization of St. Faustina who St. John Paul declared the “Apostle of Divine Mercy”, this work is indeed a most necessary message for our times.

While...

The Witness of True Love

“How many of you ladies, when you were growing up, wanted to be a Disney princess?” That’s a question I ask brides-to-be when I’m teaching classes to engaged couples in preparation for marriage. Interestingly, usually about ninety percent of the hands go up. I use this analogy to explain marriage in light of Ephesians 5, where St. Paul explains that husbands and wives are called to love each other as Christ loved the Church. How...

Do Whatever He Tells You

The World Day of the Sick, instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1992, takes place annually on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy when the World Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated in the Holy Land, Pope Francis has chosen for its theme Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do Whatever He Tells You” in which...