Family Beyond Borders / Familia Mas Alla De las Fronteras
From the perspective of the Church, the aspect of immigration reform most urgently needed involves the formulation of a legal framework that helps keep families together. The life and dignity of every human person, our fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching, is lived within the family. All children need their parents. Parents are to protect and nurture their children, and yet deported parents are prevented from living this fundamental vocation…We urge you to join us—along with Pope Francis, the USCCB, the Bishops of Mexico and Central America, and the people of good will everywhere—to engage in dialogue, advocacy, and action to protect the rights of immigrants and to help keep families together.
Pope crosses Rome to honor Mary on feast of the Immaculate Conception
Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope walked down the Via dei Condotti, through the glittering Christmas decorations of the city’s shopping district, and mingled with members of the crowd gathered on the Spanish Steps.
Washington’s bishops support background checks for gun purchases
“The purpose of Initiative 594 is to require a background check on the sale or transfer of all firearms other than antique firearms, for both licensed and unlicensed purchasers,” the bishops said in their statement. “We bishops have supported these provisions in the past and now support this initiative’s reasonable inclusion of background checks for online sales and sales at gun shows.”
The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary and Advent
Stated another way, Mary lights for us the path to God through her Son. That is why the sacred season of Advent is a most fitting time to foster a relationship of filial love with the Virgin Mary, whose loving intercession urges the Holy Spirit to enter deeply into our souls, cultivating our hearts for a most fruitful reception of the Redeemer of humankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who has come, who comes, and who will come again. Since the Virgin Mary lights the way to her Son, her life reveals what it truly means to enter fully into Advent.
Pope calls for action against scandal of hunger in a world of plenty
People should "stop thinking that our daily actions do not have an impact on the lives of those who suffer from hunger firsthand," he said in a video message Dec. 9, launching a global campaign of prayer and action against hunger.
USCCB welcomes papal commission on sex-abuse response
“The decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission for the protection of minors is a most welcome initiative,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “Abuse of minors is a sin and a crime, and every step must be taken to eradicate this blight. Such abuse is especially grave when committed by anyone in ministry in our Church.”
Young people have special affinity for internet apostolate, Pope says
The internet alone does not offer a full strategy for spreading the faith, the Pope cautioned, because direct personal contacts are essential. However, the digital age expands opportunities for initial contacts, he remarked. Moreover, he said, young people have a natural affinity for the social media, having been born into an age that has become fully familiar with the uses of the internet.
Around the Web – Catholic Blogosphere Wrap-up
My Journey as a Catholic So Far, Pt. 4: RCIA and Arrogance
In my class were all manner of potential catechumens from all walks of life - lapsed Catholics Anglicans, Protestants, non-Christians, ad nauseum. The priest who conducted the proceedings was the same one I had first spoken with; a charismatic convert from Anglicanism, one of those rare specimens of married Roman priests, he began his first talk in the sanctuary by referencing one of my favorite beers' slogans. On the bottle of Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale, he spoke of how it had "veritas" on the sticker, and explained the meaning of the word as "truth". This may all sound trite now, but for me, it was a neat little transition into the huge topics we would be confronting.
The Purge: Review and Reflection
As a Christian, I couldn’t help but view the film in the light of good verses evil. However, it is our own interpretation that determines who is “good” and who is “evil,” which we see play out. And the film depicts the “loser” as a typical homeless drug addict/alcoholic initially. However, later on in the movie, we see that evil doesn’t always reside in what is apparent, and that goodness can be found within the most unseemly character.
Last Things First: The Two “Mini-Seasons” of Advent
Some of the Advent readings at Mass seem strangely inappropriate for the season. For example, yesterday's Gospel began with Jesus saying, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” That doesn't seem very... “Christmasy.” Nor is this an isolated instance. In fact, a number of the Readings at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours are focused upon the Second Coming and Judgment Day.
What Was Bilbo's Dark Night of the Soul?
J.R.R. Tolkien knew this truth very well and found its expression in the life of both the characters Frodo and Bilbo. First off, Frodo experiences a great and tortuous dark night, where he is deprived of every physical pleasure. He traverses through the land of Mordor with little hope that he will ever return to the Shire and is forced to give up the very few possessions he had. Not only is his priceless mithril coat of armor taken away, but even his most prized possession, the Ring.