Posts Tagged ‘Year of Faith’

“A Pilgrim, Like All My Fathers”

For every major religion — with the salient exception of modern Protestantism — pilgrimage plays an axial role in the lives of believers. One need only look at the great Hajj to Mecca, watch Hindus immerse themselves in the sacred Ganges, or follow along the well-worn mountain paths to Buddhist monasteries. Even in our post-modern society people still value physical presence before their objects of devotion and seek them out in the forms of...

Family Consecration and the Year of Faith

In his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei Pope Benedict announced a time of grace for the Church and the world—the Year of Faith which runs from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013. He called for this Year of Faith “because of a profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.”

During his General Audience of November 14, 2012, Pope Benedict said that this crisis was the result of a “strong process of...

The Limits of Politics

Father James V. Schall S.J., a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University, recently gave his “Last Lecture,” entitled “The Final Gladness .” One of its main themes is one which Father Schall has consistently used throughout his writings, namely that politics has limits. As President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the president of our nation, it seems fitting to focus on this same theme.

In his...

Humility and the Year of Faith

In the past, some theologians thought that the foundation of the spiritual life was humility. The Council of Trent came along and agreed with St. Thomas Aquinas that faith is the foundation of the Christian life, but next to it is humility. St. Thomas Aquinas argues that humility is a foundation for the virtues based upon St. James admonition that “God resists the proud and gives his grace to the humble” (4:6), but...

Mary, the Mother of God: Model of Faith

Saint Ambrose writes, “The life of [the Blessed Virgin Mary] can serve as a model for everyone…Who can be more noble than the Mother of God? Who can be more glorious than the one chosen by Glory Itself?” While the new liturgical year begins for the Church with the season of Advent, the new calendar year begins on the 1st of January. The Church consecrates the new year with a solemnity in honor of Mary,...

Reflecting on Advent in the Year of Faith

“Wait for me!” This was an appeal I often made to the other kids as one of the youngest growing up on my street. My cul-de-sac was filled with little rascals chasing one another for a game of tag, or playing baseball where we spray painted the baseball diamond onto the road, or darting in and out of each other’s houses.  Childhood was full of adventure. We were always on the go and I was...

Year of Faith or Year of Fluff? What Will it Be?

If the new evangelization means in part trying to bring the lax and the “no-shows” at Mass and Holy Communion back to their senses and practice their faith, it will take a lot more than speeches, programs, and homilies by the hierarchy. It takes exceptional efforts at prayer and penance on the part of the few to save the many.

Before one tries to restore truth to the blind of mind and the...

The Recent Unpleasantness

On November 6, the citizens of the United States re-elected perhaps the most anti-Catholic president in its history to a second term...