Articles from November, 2014

First Sunday of Advent: Sacred Liturgy

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Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand (Is 64:8). The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the cycle of the sacred liturgy, this is Year B, during which the Sunday Gospel readings will be taken from the Gospel of St. Mark. At the school of discipleship that is our life in Christ, we will recall the great deeds ... (Continue reading)

Say “yes” to the duty of the moment

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Doing the duty of the moment means focusing our whole person—heart, soul, body, emotions, intellect, memory, imagination—on the job at hand! The duty of the moment done for God is glamorous, exciting, wondrous." Catherine Doherty, Grace In Every Season Many years ago, when I was a much younger mother juggling pregnancies, little children, hospital shifts where I worked as a nurse, and all the other aspects of my daily life, I came across the writing of Catherine Doherty: in particular, her book Grace ... (Continue reading)

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By Reason Alone: Assembling the great puzzle

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By Reason Alone: Assembling the Great Puzzle by Jacek Bacz Justin Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-98131-844-8 At the start of this rewarding book Jacek Bacz states that it is "the kind of book I wish I had read at age 25." Born into the Catholic Faith in his native Poland, he lost his faith due to the materialist/sceptical influence of a scientific education. (Moving to Canada, he became a research engineer and consultant in electronics and software design.) Eventually he regained his belief in the One ... (Continue reading)

Solemnity of Christ the King: God’s Sovereignity over all

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How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To Him belong glory and power for ever and ever (Entrance Antiphon; Rv. 5:12; 1:6). On this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the great Feast of Christ the Universal King and contemplate Him as both the Good Shepherd and the Lord of history. "All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another ... (Continue reading)

Should women work?

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I’m pretty passionate when it comes to certain issues. In my (online) travels I get to read all sorts of articles and posts, but it’s really the off-balance treatises on femininity that get my blood boiling. I can’t stand writers who think they know it all, think they’ve got this world all figured out and can tell you exactly how God ... (Continue reading)

Media influence, heroic Catholic families, and Fr. John A. Hardon,S.J.

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On a recent Saturday morning, I explained the Ten Commandments to both of my First Communion classes. We talked about each of the commandments, how to keep them, and the ways we break them, giving examples from the children's daily lives. As usual, it was a challenge to explain the sixth and ninth commandments so that the children would understand and their parents not be scandalized. I explained that on their wedding day, married couples make a promise before God ... (Continue reading)

33rd Sunday: The duty of talent

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So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober (1 Thes 5:6). As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the Scripture lessons of the Mass direct our attention towards the coming of our Lord, the Day of the Lord when judgment will be given and they history of salvation will be fulfilled. The biblical readings also make it clear that it is absolutely impossible to determine in advance the date and ... (Continue reading)

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: A call to holiness.

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Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in the year 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and now known as St. John Lateran, this ancient church is universally recognised as the Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World (Omnium ... (Continue reading)

Faith and war

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Once I almost ran over a woman with my car. Years ago I was in a grocery store and a quiet, pretty lady about my age unknowingly took my cart. Our eyes met and she apologized. We both politely smiled and went on our way. We met again at the cashier—she was right behind me loading her groceries onto the conveyor belt. We caught each other’s eye again and smiled a bit bigger. I paid, left and went to my car ... (Continue reading)

All Souls Day: holy souls in Purgatory

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I am the resurrection and the Life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will no die for ever (Cf. Jn 11:25-26, Communion Antiphon). The Commemoration of all the faithful departed or All Souls' Day is a yearly occurrence that highlights a daily practice of the Church: the loving remembrance of our faithful departed in the Canon of the Mass. This memory that we keep daily and observe ... (Continue reading)

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