Posts Tagged ‘Deus Caritas Est’

Marriage in the Church – What is Marriage?: Part V

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

“This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32)

We are continuing our exploration...

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel

Father Paul Marx O.S.B., the founder of Human Life International, wrote his dissertation on the life and work of Virgil Michel O.S.B. (1888-1938), who was one of the leaders of the liturgical movement in the United States. Michel is famous in some circles for a syllogism that summarizes the focus of the papacies of the early 20th century:

Pius X tells us that the liturgy is the indispensable source...

Protecting Life and Love

Significantly, the inauguration of Pope Francis was on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. In his homily at the inauguration Mass, Pope Francis emphasized the role of Saint Joseph as the protector of the Holy Family and the Church. The Supreme Pontiff as the Vicar of Christ is the protector of the Faith of the Church, which has been...

The Theological Wisdom of Benedict

As shock has given way to acceptance, we hear more and more affirmations of the humility and courage of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced that he would renounce his office as the Supreme Pontiff today at 8:00 p.m. Rome time (2:00 p.m. EST). The 8-year papacy of Benedict is coming to an end, yet we cannot underestimate the gifts that the Church has been given through the wisdom of this seemingly short pontificate.

Like his...

Emotional Pornography

“I turned 50 shades of pink when I saw my former elementary school teacher reading Fifty Shades of Grey,” someone might quip. Joking about the New York Times best-seller (and soon-to-be movie) Fifty Shades of Grey is almost as popular as the book itself. Billed as “an erotic novel,” the book reportedly includes obscenely graphic sexual scenes – scenes that focus on distorted practices such as bondage, dominance and sadism. The fact that so many...

The Holy Eucharist: Source of Renewal

Before Our Lord began his public ministry, the majority of his life was lived hidden with God doing ordinary things: working, studying, praying, and having fun with His family and friends.  This is where the life of sanctity begins. We need to be more faithful in answering the call to holiness by drawing closer to the Eucharistic Heart of Christ. Ultimately, we need to allow our love for the Lord in the Eucharist transform how...

The Eucharist and Pro-Life Witness – What’s the Connection?

“A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented”...