Posts Tagged ‘Year of Faith’

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today: Part II of II

Blessed Pope John Paul II saw the outline of our new “new world” more than 30 years ago. And following his lead, the Church has been calling Catholics to the work of a “new evangelization” ever since. But there’s a natural human tendency to attach magic powers to slogans, which then replace serious thought and effort – as if saying the slogan, or talking about it, actually makes mission work...

Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today: Part I of II

St. Paul once wrote that If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, [then] we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:17-19).

Junipero Serra, a spiritual son of Francis of Assisi, had a burning zeal in...

Marriage: Gift From God

God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:27-28).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines marriage simply: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its...

Be Not Afraid: Catholic Families and the Prophecies of St. Malachy

The announcement of the renunciation of Pope Benedict and the preparations for the conclave have once again brought to light the so-called “Prophecy of the Popes,” sometimes attributed to St. Malachy.

At every papal election, these “prophecies” are trotted out, with the attendant tortured explanations about how their trite, nebulous descriptions fit whoever the pope in question is.  During this election some have been especially alarmed that the prophecies end with the next pontificate....

Touching the Hand of God in the Darkness of the World

Pope Benedict XVI has written and spoken countless words of wisdom during his eight years as Pope as well as during the prior decades when he served as a priest, a bishop, and a cardinal. His keen intellect repeatedly elucidates the reasonableness of faith. True to his scholarly roots, he always proclaims the faith down a path of logic. For years I have devoured this clear and unambiguous teaching.

Yet, while speaking at the...

Forgiveness and the Gospel of Life

Not seven, I tell you, but seventy times seven(Matthew 18:22).

These words come from the Lord in response to the question: “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” On the third Tuesday of Lent, the Church will hear this passage from the Gospel of Matthew and its challenging message of unlimited forgiveness.

Undoubtedly, one of Christ’s most difficult teachings is the need to...

Beginning with the End

Remember man that you are dust, and unto dust you will return.”

Lent begins today with this reminder: Momento mori – “Remember, you must die.” The imposition of ashes that we receive on our forehead on Ash Wednesday is a stark reminder of this reality. The gift of life is almost always shorter than one expects. One of my classmates from grad school, Sr. Bernadette, turned heads when she told us goodbye at graduation, “Have...