Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Ascension and Our Journey Home:
"The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord oftentimes is an understated event in the Church’s liturgical year. We profess the reality of this historical and supernatural event each Sunday as we profess the Creed. It is a significant event, in fact, it is the climax before He sends the Paraclete. In returning to the …"
Thy Will Be Mine
How the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People:
"In the book of Exodus, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Before all your people I will perform wonders, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people, among whom you live, shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that …"
Why Holy Water?:
"Q: A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the Holy Water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her? Traditionally, we have placed fonts of holy water near the entrances of …"
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up:
"From Our Lady of Meritxell, I learn again about the importance of forgiveness. I think of the Child in her arms, whipped and tortured, crucified and buried. He embraced His persecutors with hands scarred by nail holes. I think of the certainty Mary must have had in her infinite faith, though she certainly grieved. What joy did she feel at the resurrection? Was she really surprised, this mother of His and mine?"
Confounding the World:
"The Lord our God defies our assumptions. Jesus Christ and his saints just don’t act right. What I mean is, they don’t respond to things the way the world thinks they will – or should. What happens in Philippi is a good example (Acts 16:16-34). If you and I were unjustly locked in prison and, …"
Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor:
"I was a junior in high school when I got my first major scar. It was during AP chemistry class, and I was fiddling around with my unknown substance, trying to determine its anion and cation properties. All at once, I received an inspiration and grabbed the pipette my lab partner and I shared, dipping …"
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Balancing Tenderness and Toughness (with the help of Proverbs):
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
"Love in any context, but especially in a family, will alternate between tenderness and toughness. The ancient Israelites recognized that love does not look like the saccharine romances (they were blessed not to know about artificial sugar) that are sold in pop culture. Love is not merely a feeling that comes and goes, making us feel …"
The Fatima Files: New Books Outline Fascinating History
Special Marian book roundup
Learning to Stand Firm in the Faith:
“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” —1 Corinthians 16:13-14 What is the virtue of faith? It is a theological virtue that unites us with God in whom we believe, in who He is, in what He says through the Word of …"
The Language of the Spirit-Filled:
"We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. We have God’s Spirit being poured into our hearts in prayer and in the sacraments. But are we really thinking and speaking the language of those who are Spirit-filled? What does this language sound like? First, are we people who say with …"
Monday, May 22, 2017
Benedict Option Is Really the Augustine Option - Crisis Magazine:
"The Benedict Option isn’t what you think it is. Adorning the cover of Rod Dreher’s much-discussed new book is what appears to be an ancient monastery, clutching a mountaintop. Below is a blue lake, cropped by scraps of land. A mist broods over it. Rising above the mist, the monastery seems aloft, almost cloud-borne, the …"
We Are Travelers:
" Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes and resorts.
New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary:
" The Catholic Church greeted May 13, 2017 with great celebration as Pope Francis traveled to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition in 1917. My hope is that we will celebrate Fatima throughout the following six months since Mary appeared also on the 13th of June, July, September and October. In August the …"
St. Rita of Cascia:
"In 1381, St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy, to elderly parents who were such examples of Christian charity that they were known as “Peacemakers of Jesus Christ.” As devout as they were, however, they seem to have been somewhat misguided when they insisted on St. Rita’s marriage, at the age of 12, to a …"
From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey:
"The Book of Job seems the least likely of any in the Old Testament to be hopeful. Sure, it ultimately ends happily, but it’s the titular character’s existential angst and his sheer, unending misery that dominates. From the beginning, the mood is one of despair and gloom. After a series of calamities strikes him and …"
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Abolish Ordinary Time - Crisis Magazine:
"With Ascension and Pentecost looming, and with their passage an end to the Paschal season, it’s time to reconsider and abolish Ordinary Time. As dramatically drastic as this may sound, it would not be a move without precedent. For centuries, for most of Church history in fact, there was no Ordinary Time on the Catholic …"
The Apostle of the Rockies: Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ:
"Every year on the Feast of the Assumption, Catholics of native descent hold a powwow at Idaho’s oldest building, Sacred Heart Mission in Cataldo. For more than 150 years the Coeur d’Alenes have handed down the story of the Jesuit missionary who healed their chief’s daughter and brought the gospel to their people. This annual …"