Articles from September, 2014

St. Gianna and Pietro Molla: models for the Synod on the Family

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There's much rumour and speculation swirling around the upcoming Synod on the Family in October 2014. One of the main points of debate is whether or not divorced or remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive Holy Communion if an annulment has not been granted. Other areas to be addressed include same-sex marriage, co-habitation, and the role of men and women within a marriage. Although there seems to be much disagreement among Catholics including all levels of the clergy, the ... (Continue reading)

26th Sunday: Self-giving, self-emptying love

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Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus (Phil 6:14). Two Sundays ago, when we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, you may remember that our second reading was essentially the same text we have just heard from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. We return to it for our consideration and prayer today so that we might further deepen our understanding of the mind and Heart of Christ; revealed as they are ... (Continue reading)

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25th Sunday: The Kingdom of God

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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. (Is 55:9) The parable of the workers in the vineyard which the sacred liturgy presents to us for our instruction and as an aid to worship is in fact a means by which we enter more deeply into the mystery of God’s Kingdom and indeed, the mystery of God Himself. Our Lord’s preaching was such that His parables are meant "to lead gradually to the hidden ... (Continue reading)

Women set the standards for relationships.

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I have a secret shame and it’s called 19 Kids and Counting. I’m a big fan of the show. There is something so intriguing about the private life of a family with 19 children, and even more so now that the older daughters have started courting and marrying young gentlemen. I find myself waiting impatiently for the next episodes to come out because Jill’s courtship with Derick and Jessa’s with Ben are so adorably sweet. They side-hug. They go out on dates. ... (Continue reading)

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Holy Communion on the tongue

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The subject of receiving Holy Communion in the hand versus in the mouth remains divisive in the Catholic Church. The majority of our current bishops and priests do not want to address or redress the problem that originated in the mid-1960s. When the reception of the Holy Eucharist in the hand began to spread, Pope Paul VI focused on the abuse in Memoriale Domini. He said that "in view of the state of the Church as a whole today, this manner of distributing ... (Continue reading)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered (Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Gal 6:14). Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, one of the Church’s oldest, celebrates the triumph of God’s humility over man’s pride "for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor 1:25). The first followers of our Lord evidently ... (Continue reading)

The Presence-Prayers of Children

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There’s been quite a bit of media coverage lately about kiddies at Mass. One parish’s idea had made the Facebook rounds a while back: the pastor had put an insert into every pew asking parishioners to be patient and loving towards kids, instead of disdainful and angry. Terri wrote a beautiful post on it the other day, and the mommy-bloggers have been sharing their tricks and triumphs when it comes to keeping their kids under wraps for one hour a week. So ... (Continue reading)

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23rd Sunday: Sacred liturgy and Catholic culture

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O come, let us worship God and bow down, before the God who made us, for He is the Lord our God (Ps 95:6-7). In what is known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours, the official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Church, all those who recite these prayers, whether in monasteries or religious houses or alone in private recitation, begin with the recitation of Psalm 95, the Responsorial Psalm of our Mass. "Come, let us sing ... (Continue reading)

Dear young family at Sunday Mass

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To the young family who sat in front of us at Sunday Mass, this is for you. You made me smile as I was reminded of what Mass with young children is all about. How old are your three beautiful children: six, three, two? Yes, you do have your hands full. You arrived promptly and everyone was so beautifully dressed as you piled into the pew in front of us. Mom, you had your bag of picture books and holy cards ... (Continue reading)

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