Pope Francis reflects on Church’s missionary nature
The Church then is of her nature missionary, given to evangelization and encounter; that is, she is apostolic. Founded on the Apostles and in continuity with them, the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, and to show the tenderness and power of God. This too flows from Pentecost. It is the Holy Spirit who prevents us from being self-absorbed, of thinking that the blessings of God are for us alone. Rather, the Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace, and joy of the Risen Lord.
U.S. denominations, key Catholic bishop advocate for open Internet
More than a dozen religious bodies, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued in a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission that the Internet must remain available to all without "fast lanes" and other devices meant to speed up traffic for extra revenue while keeping nonpaying traffic in a slow lane.
What is a Catholic Deacon?
It is a privilege to ordain you permanent deacons. No, I didn't make a mistake. Don't worry: you are scheduled to be ordained priests next year by Bishop Jenky! But what happens today in the sacrament of Orders is not something transitional; it is permanent. All the priests gathered here are still deacons, because the character and grace of the diaconate is something permanent. Deacons are icons or images of Christ the Servant.
True Christians aren't elitist – they generate life, Pope says
The Church, the Pope said, shows her “catholicity” – or “universality” – by speaking all languages which is the effect of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit gave to the apostles and the whole Church the gift of proclaiming the good news of God's salvation and love to all, even to the ends of the earth.” The Church is also by its nature missionary, “given to evangelization and encounter” – in other words, apostolic.
4 sainthood causes advance
In a September 17 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of an Indian priest and an Italian religious sister and the beatification of an Italian bishop and Canadian religious sister.
Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine 'flowing with blood,' America must speak up
During the Cold War, Cardinal Dolan said, “Catholics in the United States were in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary, and the other countries under Russia’s jackboot. We spoke up for them; our government listened.” “We had hoped it would now be different. Things looked so bright in Ukraine for awhile. It appeared that religion was free, the Church encouraging a just, open, civil society,” the New York archbishop said in his Sept. 15 column.
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A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone (besides you, of course)
I have a confession to make: the majority of my friends aren’t Catholic. Many are, indeed, Protestant and for some reason, they all look at me strangely when I ask them if they have heard of redemptive suffering. I should back up a bit. You see, when I throw the big RS out onto the table, it is usually after they have shared with me some sort of difficulty they are going through. Like I said, they are my friends and, like all of us, they have problems.
A Member of the Board, Bloody Nose, and a Rubber Snake
I ventured out to the grocery store, which in and of itself is a courageous feat for this mama. We had a friend along with us, but the friend and two of my daughters wanted to stay in the truck and play video games instead of going into the store with me. Plus, my daughters forgot to wear shoes (I’m thinking on purpose since this is the second time the shoe-forgetting has happened).
Three Good Reasons to Do Two Things on Sundays in the Fall (Instead of One)
As a lifelong fan of the Orange and Blue, the fall Sunday ritual has been a mainstay for as long as I can remember. For most of my life, I lived and died from August through January on Terrell Davis touchdowns, Jake Plummer bootlegs, Al Wilson sacks, Tim Tebow (yes, Tim Tebow) scrambles, and the Mile High Salute. Whether Denver won or lost usually determined the mood I was in for the rest of that day, and sometimes that week. It was heartbreak when they lost (a lot of heartbreak particularly in 2009 & 2010), and heaven when they won.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Fifteen Favorite Quotes
September 5 is the feast day of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In her honor, I would like to share fifteen of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes.