Articles from July, 2015

17th Sunday: The Perfect Sacrifice

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Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. (Jn 6:8) Today we begin to read from the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel which includes Our Lord’s Eucharistic discourse and we continue our meditations on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, our central act of worship, "the source and summit of Christian life" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10; Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican Council ... (Continue reading)

How Humanae Vitae shaped 30 years of marriage

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The week of 19-25 July 2015 is designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. In their statement, the Bishops encourage us to "celebrate and reverence God's vision of human sexuality." The week ends on the 47th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's prophetic encyclical Humane Vitae, which "articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood" (USCCB.org). Although the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has not announced a similar recognition of ... (Continue reading)

16th Sunday: Liturgy of the Word

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And He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. (Mk 6:34) We begin today our reading of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. Mark and as we did last Sunday we will meditate on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, our central act of worship, "the source and summit of Christian life" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10; Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican Council II)—the very heart of all ... (Continue reading)

15th Sunday: The call to repentance

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So the twelve went out and proclaimed that all should repent. (Mk 6:13) The call to repentance is fundamental to the preaching of our Lord Jesus Christ as it was also in the preaching of St. John the Baptist, the Lord’s precursor and all the prophets before him, including Amos, whose prophecy we heard in our first reading. Not surprisingly, Amos is told to go away because his prophecy condemns external religious ceremony that covers moral corruption and is not accompanied by ... (Continue reading)

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14th Sunday: Sufficient grace

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My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:9) I have always been intrigued by the meaning of these words by which Our Lord assures the Apostle Paul of the assistance of His grace and the power of this grace at work not only in him but if we will believe it, in us as well. The Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, from which our second reading is taken again this Sunday, ... (Continue reading)

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