Ora et Labora … and Vacation??

Ora et Labora and Vacation collage

Religious ... are joined to Christ in his poverty, chastity, and obedience by a “total life-long gift of themselves.” For the consecrated religious, then, times of rest are to serve the total gift of self, as the gift is expressed both … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos 6-1-14

What are the legal ethics underlying conduct followed by law courts and lawyers practicing in them? What is the origin of the concept of  "private property"? How does this effect the morality of "labor" and "work"? Question: In … [Read more...]

Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit Pentecost Flames collage

 Feast of Pentecost, June 2014 Sequence – Veni, Sancte Spiritus Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms … [Read more...]

Homilies for June 2014

Pentecost Sunday collage

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, June 2014   Feast of Pentecost 7th Sunday of Easter— June 1, 2014        Pray to live. Purpose: The Ascension of our Divine Savior marks the destiny for all human flesh; … [Read more...]

John Paul II Brightens the Earth with His Holiness and Truth

Tyburski photos 5-19-14

Engaged so deeply in earthly human affairs and believing in each persons’ goodness, John Paul seems to be calling us from heaven with a special request for solidarity of those who live on earth, and those living, though yet unborn. … [Read more...]

Beauty and Biblical Interpretation: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Response to Modern Biblical Studies

Murray photos2-5-23-14

Key to Balthasar’s response to modern biblical studies is his concept of beauty ... Balthasar links beauty to human perception, and the way human beings gain knowledge. Over the past 100 years—amidst the confusion and darkness … [Read more...]

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: Detecting a Pattern of Internal Consistency

Brunelle photos 5-24-14

Against the background of the words, Ave Maria, the principal events of the life of Jesus Christ pass before the eyes of the soul. They take shape in the complete series of the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries, and they put us in … [Read more...]

The Virgin Birth, Perpetual Virginity, and NFP

Cunningham photos 5-22-14 2

...we need to look back at the reign of Joseph’s direct ancestor, the great King David ... (which) will help us understand that Mary was ... the lifelong Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and that Joseph was her protector, but not her sexual … [Read more...]

Eschatology and Eucharistic Adoration

Malloy photos 5-9-14

...certain “liturgists” and “theologians” ... stamp (Eucharistic Adoration) as mere “private devotion.” In fact, in its complete form, from exposition to benediction, it is a liturgical event. ...it has a long,  and shall … [Read more...]

Appreciating the Ancient Roots of Church Precepts: The “Didache” Revisited

Gorman photos 5-21-14

In all ages and places, members of the Church need guidance and discipline. ... What we learn from consulting the Didache is that the first generations of Christians had many of the same concerns as we do today, and that these were … [Read more...]

Abuse & Scandal

Pope-Francis-talking with children collage

We see in Francis’ interactions with children Jesus’ own special affection for God’s littlest and most vulnerable ones.  And it is that same reverence and love which must be the work of every Christian, priests first and … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI on Freedom in Obedience to the Truth: A Key for the New Evangelization

Ramage photos 4-22-14

... the more fundamental task ... is to form human hearts, beginning with those who have already been evangelized and need to be “newly evangelized,” those who know something already, but are not living it; those who are showing up in … [Read more...]

Seven Years after “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches Offer the Traditional Latin Mass

Mershon photos 5-7-14

For those Catholics who are seeking even more regular access to the Traditional Latin Mass, sacraments, and accompanying parish and liturgical life, there are 75 parish locations that offer this access daily ... the ideal and ultimate goal … [Read more...]

Catechetical and Pastoral Emphasis in the Apologetics of Frank Sheed

Iovino photos 5-8-14

Vatican II calls the laity to take a more active role in not just the worshipping life of the Church, but the teaching life, too. While Sheed agrees  ... we evangelize best principally through a pastorally oriented and properly formed … [Read more...]

Poland Remembers: A Firsthand Look at Blessed John Paul II’s Impact on the People of His Homeland

Poland remembers collage

The reason Pope John Paul II had more of an indirect spiritual impact on Poland than the United States is because his way of speaking about God, and his Church, is so fundamentally Polish. "Santo subito! Santo subito!" ("Saint now!") … [Read more...]

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