From Benedict to Francis; Continuity yet innovation

When Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict at their initial meeting following the Papal Conclave, his first words were, “We are brothers.”

Marriage is beautiful

On Dec. 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family, a revised Rite for Marriage began to be used throughout the English-speaking Church. It is called The Order of Celebrating Matrimony. Though much of the Rite remains the same, the changes serve to deepen the beauty of the symbolic expression of marriage, as well as to radiate the unchanging truth of marriage in our culture.

Discipleship: A Journey, not a Destination

Mark the Evangelist recounts a telling story about a blind man named Bartimaeus cured by Jesus because of his professed faith. After Bartimaeus was healed of his blindness, he followed Him “along the way” (Mk 10:52); that is, he became His disciple.

Seize the Day’s Resolve: St. Junípero Serra

In September of AD 1772, Friar Junípero Serra returned to San Diego, exhausted in body and spirit. He had just walked for three weeks, travelling all the way from northern California to the first mission he had founded. Despite his usual optimistic disposition, he was worn down by the scarcity of food, hampered by the sharp pain shooting from the incurable wound in his leg, and above all ensnarled in a heated dispute with Pedro Fages, the lieutenant governor of the Las Californias province of New Spain.

La Misericordia transforma la vergüenza

Qué preparó a Pedro para ser el primer Papa

Formación de la conciencia garantiza la libertad

El amor conyugal “avanza gradualmente con la progresiva integración de los dones de Dios” (#122), dice el Papa Francisco en su Exhortación Apostólica sobre la Alegría del Amor en la Familia. No hay límite a la capacidad de los cónyuges a participar en la caridad infinita que es el Espíritu Santo (cf. #134). “Así, en medio de un conflicto no resuelto, y aunque muchos sentimientos confusos den vueltas por el corazón, se mantiene viva cada día la decisión de amar, de pertenecerse, de compartir la vida entera y de permanecer amando y perdonando. Cada uno de los dos hace un camino de crecimiento y de cambio personal. En medio de ese camino, el amor celebra cada paso y cada nueva etapa” (#163). En este viaje hacia la plena madurez en Cristo, la iglesia acompaña a las parejas casadas y asiste en la tarea permanente de formación de la conciencia que, como el Catecismo dice (#1784) “garantiza la libertad y engendra la paz del corazón”.

Scholastica: Model of Monastic Life

Twins Scholastica and Benedict, each in their own way and yet also together, have made such a great impact on consecrated life in the Church.

La santidad es para todos

En los primeros siglos de la fe cristiana, el rito del Bautismo con sus gestos, palabras y simbolismo potentes, tenía un fuerte énfasis en la conversión, una reorientación radical de la vida del pecado y hacia Dios.

Apostles of Mercy — A Pastoral Letter to the Priests of the Diocese of...

Apostles of Mercy — A Pastoral Letter to the Priests of the Diocese of Phoenix from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted On the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Bishop Olmsted’s Christmas Radio Message [AUDIO]

Listen to Bishop Olmsted's annual Christmas message to the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. People in the Phoenix area will hear...