May 16, 2016
LOADED: Money and the Spirituality of Enough
By Heather King
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” --Matthew 6:19-21 Many of us have so much silence and so many secrets in our families that we learn or adopt a strategy. We hold our breath. We contract in; present a façade to the world for as along as we...
May 01, 2016
Tellin' it like it is ... but no one is listening
By Joey Orrino
“Uncharitable.” “Crude.” “Hyperbolic.” “Jerk.” “Condescending.” “Sarcastic.” “I don’t like his tone…” “I don’t usually post his stuff…” “It’s another rant…” Those are all ways some Catholics have prefaced posts they shared from a certain public figure. They follow with “but…”: “…but what he says is true…” “…but he’s telling it like it is…” “…but it needs to be heard…” These weren’t taken from posts sharing Donald Trump, though they could have been. These Catholics were sharing articles...
April 29, 2016
Ecclesial communities with a disgraced founder may learn from the Legionaries’ experience of restoration
By Jean Boudet
The burgeoning of new religious movements in the Church of our moment once seemed an unambiguous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Ambiguity has lately been introduced: a number of the founders of those movements lived unholy lives in secret that have, when discovered, brought scandal and disgrace to these founders and innocent community members alike. The Vatican Congregation that oversees Societies of Apostolic Life currently faces at least twelve such cases of communities with disgraced...
March 25, 2016
Good Friday and the Annunciation: The Promise and Its Fulfillment
By Marie Meszaros
Only a few times a century does Good Friday fall on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, and this year will be the last such occurrence in any of our lifetimes. While we aren’t likely to hear much of this liturgical coincidence because the Church has moved the feast of the Annunciation to the Monday after Easter, this important day makes manifest the full human life cycle of our God in a matter of a few earthly hour and is an invitation to fully unite ourselves with...
March 08, 2016
What does Pope Francis' motto really mean?
By Charles Mercier
A few times too often over the past three years I have heard people say, “Pope Francis’ motto means something like…” To observe the third anniversary of his election on March 13, in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we can get it straight, though, unfortunately, understanding the motto accurately can dispense neither with knowledge of Latin nor the rebarbative word “hendiadys.” “Miserando atque eligendo” was chosen by Francis as motto for his papal coat of arms, already his episcopal motto. The...
February 25, 2016
Pope Francis was clear about what needs to change in Mexico
By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie
As in millions of homes across the United States, the TV in our family room had been on and tuned into Univision since the Pope arrived in Mexico. We crowded on the sofa to watch his last mass in Ciudad Juarez—a city drenched in the misery caused by drug trafficking, corruption and exploitation. His passionate solidarity with the poor and suffering has never been so palpable. On this trip he has spurned the elegant, European-style avenues of Mexico’s great cities and headed to the...
February 24, 2016
A meditation on Genesis 3:15, inspired by Lauds for the Immaculate Conception
By Jennifer Peyerk Shotwell
Benedictus Antiphon: The Lord God said to the serpent: I will lay down a feud between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed. She shall crush your head, alleluia. There are some things you hear or read, that come at you with such a force of emotion there could only be One that was sending the message to you. It brings everything you have learned and have based your faith on together, and you can almost hear the pieces clicking into place. The moment when the light shines...
January 28, 2016
St. Thomas Aquinas, a corpulent man nicknamed the dumb ox shows us how to live for Jesus
By Deacon Keith Fournier
On January 28th, the Catholic Church commemorates the great Western theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. As I grow older, the sheer magnitude of the gifts the Lord gave to this man become clearer and clearer in their significance for the Church. I also marvel at his return on the Lord's investment, through his cooperation with grace. Finally, I grow in my appreciation of his humanity. In fact, it gives me great hope in my own weakness. During graduate theology studies, I tried to attend Holy...
January 21, 2016
The need to compromise
By Tina McCormick, PhD
The topic of abortion has divided this country for more than half a century. And while the imminent March for Life in D.C. this coming Friday bears witness to a civic activism that is peaceful, both sides of the debate on abortion have tended to add to national divisiveness. A consensus based on compromise seems unlikely in the near future. On both sides of the debate, the most vocal activists are entrenched in their positions. We are called upon either to prove our “pro-life” bona fides...
January 08, 2016
Why was Jesus baptized? What does that baptism mean for you and me?
By Deacon Keith Fournier
In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church we end the Christmas season this Sunday with the Feast of the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan. Some of the most beautiful readings found in the Office of Readings come on the days between the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. That compilation is a part of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is also called the Breviary. It is the formal baseline prayer of all Clergy, Bishops, Priests and deacons, as well as those in the...