Pope Francis’ Game Plan; Part Six: The Gift of Mary

Last time we looked at what Pope Francis writes about Jesus in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” Now let us consider what the Holy Father has to say about the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

America is embracing life — keep it up!

What better time to remind ourselves of the value of life than at Lent, when the message of sacrificing for others beckons us to see and respect the value of all humanity.

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”.

‘I believe’; Professing our personal belief through the Nicene Creed

Editor's note: This is an ongoing series of articles exploring the new English-language translation of the Roman Missal, which the Church will begin using...

The blessing of a fruitful life; Part four: Dealing with infertility

The 25th of this month of July will mark the 44th anniversary of one of the most prophetic documents in the history of the...

Giving thanks in all things changes outlook on life

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait. The family, the friends, the food, the fun — what’s not to love? The annual celebration is our opportunity to realize just how blessed we are.

To accompany and to enlighten

Today I wish to consider the shepherding work of priests, who, in spiritual guidance and in confession, seek to help others to encounter the Amoris Laetitia, the “Joy of Love.” Earlier this year, Pope Francis, who has made Confession a constant theme of his pontificate, wrote in his recent book, “The Name of God is Mercy,” “It is important that I go to Confession, that I sit in front of a priest who embodies Jesus, that I kneel before Mother Church, called to dispense the mercy of Christ. There is objectivity in this gesture of genuflection before the priest; it becomes the vehicle through which grace reaches and heals me.”
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Bishop Olmsted charts course for Phoenix Diocese at inaugural ‘State of the Church’ event...

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix spelled out his thoughts about the Church in Arizona in his inaugural “State of the Catholic Church” address Sept. 23.

Letters to Gluestick, part 3: The marriage ‘obstacle’ insult!

Editor’s Note: On the occasion of the Year of Faith, the following is the second in a series of “letters” from a demonic supervisor...

Bearing our share of hardship for the Gospel helps us grow in love

If you reflect on the lives of the saints, one of the first things you might notice is that they weren’t comfortable. They embraced the cross and the hardships that came with it. Taming the flesh so as to better follow Christ is a countercultural, revolutionary effort in 2018, but then again, it’s always been a way to swim against the tide.