Tag Archives: Pope Benedict XVI

Reflecting on the 2013 World Day of Peace Message and Reaffirming our “Option for the Poor” in the New Year.

The “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable” is a principle of our Catholic social teaching. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reminds us that this principle is firmly rooted in scripture and in our tradition. In its social … Continue reading

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January is “Poverty Awareness Month:” Visit the Poverty USA website and resources.

In a recent article posted on the Financial Times Pope Benedict XVI offered the following Christmas message titled “A time for Christians to engage with the world.” While the article is a economic reflection on the Christmas message it also … Continue reading

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Afterlife Theology: Embracing a New Dimension of Existence

Recently Newsweek Magazine profiled an amazing journey into the afterlife as experienced by Dr. Eben Alexander. This article and experience will be of interest to many either as a curious phenomena or as a journey of faith. Below is the … Continue reading

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Good Friday: a transcendental accompaniment

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To enter any room you must first go through a door. Before one can authentically celebrate Easter and the Resurrection one must first celebrate Good Friday and the Passion. The liturgical celebration which we call Holy Week reminds us that … Continue reading

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Pope urges action with the Horn of Africa Famine and end to Syria bloodshed in Christmas message

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The Pope’s Urbi et Orbi (“To the City of Rome and to the World) message is a traditional Catholic Christmas reflection from the Pope to the worldwide Christian community. This reflection not only reminds us of the spiritual and religious occasion that … Continue reading

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July 4th Reflection on Religious Liberty

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July 4th weekend is here and I for one am very much excited about the celebration that our local community is planning. We will be having a field day for the kids during the day accompanied by BBQ and a … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter: “Mere Christianity”

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Lectionary Readings:  (Taken from Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP’s Biblical Meditations) Acts 2:42-47. A portrayal of the first Christian community at Jerusalem. The disciples held their property and goods in common, worshiped together at the temple, and broke the bread of the … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Lent: Utopia… for real!

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Lectionary Readings: (taken from the “Biblical Meditations for Lent” by Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Ezekiel 37:12-14. God will raise his people from the grave, place his spirit within them and settle them upon their land. Romans 8:8-11. The Spirit which … Continue reading

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Christian non-violence and the Catholic social tradition.

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When 2011 began many of us could hardly have anticipated the tidal wave of popular uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. It is amazing to observe the domino effect of these popular movements and the lasting repercussion they … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent: New Evangelization

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Lectionary Readings: (summery from the “Biblical Meditations for Lent” By Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13. God judges not by external appearances but by what he sees in the heart. David, young, spontaneous and innocent is preferred … Continue reading

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