The Deacon's meeting for Saturday, December 7, has been cancelled.
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.
Christian words without Christ bring 'madness,' says Pope
In his daily homily on Dec. 5, Pope Francis reflected that the words and actions of a Christian must be centered on Jesus, or they will be empty, leading to division and the “madness of pride.” “A Christian word without Christ at its center leads to vanity, to pride, power for the sake of power,” said the Pontiff during Mass at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Martha.
Over 10,000 youth to send birthday card to Pope Francis
The 4-foot-tall card consists of a tri-fold plaque featuring an image and prayer of one of the Holy Father’s favorite Marian devotions, “Mary, Un-doer of Knots.” After collecting both physical and digital signatures, Catholic to the Max intends to send the card to the Pope later this month.
Dr Deal Hudson on Why the Wise Men Followed the Star
Thus, from the East the Wise Men came, from the crucible of civilization, the most ancient of learned cultures, to the court of Herod in Jerusalem. Whether they were deceived by Herod's flattery we do not know, nor do we know if they sensed his murderous intent in asking them to return and report on the child's whereabouts. Though wise men, we do not know if these kings were worldly-wise. We do know, however, they believed in the message of their dreams.
Theologians' work is 'fascinating but risky,' Pope says
The entire Church, the People of God, bear witness to the faith, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit have a “spiritual instinct that makes us sentire cum Ecclesia,” the Pope said. However, he went on, “the sensus fidelium cannot be confused with the sociological reality of a majority opinion.” One aspect of the theologian’s work, he said, is to help discern the true sensus fidelium. He cited the advice of Pope Benedict XVI, who encouraged theologians to pay attention to simple, pious Catholics, “to whom it pleased the Father to reveal that which He had hidden from the learned and the wise.”
Obama cites Pope on income inequality
So the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed. In fact, this trend towards growing inequality is not unique to America’s market economy. Across the developed world, inequality has increased. Some of you may have seen just last week, the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. “How can it be,” he wrote, “that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
Vatican Tannenbaum: how 'branches green' show other shades of meaning
Though not the tallest tree ever to grace the square, it was perhaps one of the fattest. Vatican workmen struggled for nearly an hour to cut and fit the three-foot-wide trunk into the metal stand's two-foot-diameter hole.
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Science Was Born of Christianity: Why It Matters?
The person who wishes to understand this claim needs to first understand that it is more than a claim that Christianity informed man he was made in the image of God and the world was ordered. To claim that is to claim that science is a human endeavor that began with the beginning of human existence. This historical research is more specific. It is about how faith in divine revelation produced the breakthrough in understanding of the universe that caused a departure from ancient worldviews of an eternally cycling universe, and led to the breakthrough that was necessary for the Scientific Revolution to occur.
Reflections on Generosity
I learned, for example, that one need not be rich or powerful in order to be generous. Stories abound of such examples as a pre-schooler who donated his piggy bank savings, a beggar-boy who dropped a few coins out of the day’s “earnings” into a donation box, and a taxicab driver who did not charge evacuees who took a ride with him from the airport. These gestures from people whom I thought not to have much to give reminded me of Christ’s appreciation for the poor widow’s contribution, and prompted me to examine my own willingness (or unwillingness) to part with my comforts to help others.
A Case for Child Solitude
“And when it was day he departed and went into a lonely place” (Luke 4:42). Most of the time, the Gospels depict Jesus going off to lonely places to pray. Not this time. He’d been healing and preaching, and he went off to a lonely place just to be alone. To get the heck away from people. How un-Christlike, right?