Catholics: Some of our Members Are Wandering Away!

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Catholic adults deserve the formation worthy of disciples—indeed, the defining mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all nations.  The Catholic Church is not doing well in holding her own.  Of those … [Read more...]

Homilies for February 2014

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for February 2014   The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple Feast of the Presentation - February 2, 2014 Becoming a Light to the Nations Purpose:  The Feast of the … [Read more...]

Where is Prayer for Christian Unity in Our Parishes?

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Every post-conciliar Pope has emphasized, with Vatican II, that ecumenism is a necessary aspect of the Church's mission, and one involving the effort of all the faithful, clergy, and laity alike.    It was once quite common for many … [Read more...]

The Person of Jesus Unites Himself with the Unborn

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I began to meditate on the awesome truth that Almighty God, became fully human, feeding on nutrients and oxygen within the blood of his Blessed Mother, as is every human fetus fed by his or her natural mother. ...Jesus teaches, by his … [Read more...]

Toward a Theology of Infertility: The Trinity in Richard of St. Victor

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Richard of St. Victor explores an understanding of the Trinity based on an understanding of the nature of interpersonal love ... in which God is viewed as a community of persons ... he conceives of the Holy Spirit ... as a third person: the … [Read more...]

The Social Teaching of John Paul II

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John Paul wanted to move forward the Council’s openness and announcement of Christian hope to the postmodern world, but ... he saw that the excesses brought about by the Council were having destructive effects and acted to preserve the … [Read more...]

Communion, Community, and Communication

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The Gospel summons us to authentic human development in communion, community, and communication under the sovereignty of God’s love. Our Christian conversion is both an event and a lifelong process of ongoing response to the grace and … [Read more...]

Checking the Calendar

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(The Ephiphany) celebrates the end of man’s being held captive by the natural elements.  We are not fated but free. None of us is pre-determined, but now made children of God by the humanity of his only divine Son.     God the … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

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What do you say to a non-Catholic man who received questionable advice from a priest about his marriage to a Catholic woman, and now wants to become Catholic as well? How engaged should the priest be in the religious education of the … [Read more...]

Still Needing Your Help to Spread the “Good News”

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The good news is that we are currently reaching anywhere from 10,000 to 16,000 readers around the world in any given week. Please consider a donation towards keeping HPR online in 2014! "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations" by Harry … [Read more...]

Homilies for January 2014

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for January 2014 St. John Bosco's dream Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - January 1, 2014 Purpose: The desire for peace is the strongest desire of … [Read more...]

Looking Back at “Humani Generis”

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The 1950 encyclical Humani Generis, “Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine,” should be understood in the context of the pontifical effort to reform Catholic intellectual … [Read more...]

Vanishing Catholics

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According to recent demographic surveys, it seems there are presently 30 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as “former Catholics.” That figure is both surprising, and, for Catholics, disheartening.   Over the past 50 … [Read more...]

Ways to Celebrate Humanae Vitae at 45—and Beyond!

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This article began as a response to priests’ and deacons’ requests for a model homily on a moral means of family planning. On July 25, 2013, the Church marked the 45th anniversary of the promulgation of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. … [Read more...]

Vibrant Isn’t about Busy: Organizing Parish Life for Discipleship

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Our parishes are busy. Many seem to be vibrant with activity. Yet activity alone is no guarantee that a parish contains discipling communities ... where relationships that allow for apprenticeship in the Christian life abound ... … [Read more...]

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