Archive for July, 2013

Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Pope Francis

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

On the day after his election, Pope Francis famously returned to the hotel where he had been staying and paid his bill.  But earlier that day, he repaid another debt, by kneeling in prayer before an icon of Mary and the child Jesus at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, and then by […] [Read more]

Is There a Right and Wrong?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

During a recent family visit, I watched a mother intervene as two of her very young children squabbled over several toy cars.  The older of the two asserted that the cars belonged to him, and therefore his younger brother could not play with one of them.  In response to the younger brother’s crying protest, their […] [Read more]

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne: Model for an Evangelizing Family

Friday, July 26th, 2013

From as far back as the second century, the names of the Virgin Mary’s parents have been known as Joachim and Anne. Today, the Church commemorates their lives and invites us to consider how marriage and family are “ordained to fulfillment in Christ” (Ephesians 5).  The Church can make such a bold statement for two […] [Read more]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The Father so loved us that he sent his Son to redeem us.  Jesus so loved us that he died and rose again for our salvation.  To continue the work of redemption he selected Apostles upon whom he would build his Church, his new Body, which would have as its responsibility the task of carrying […] [Read more]

“I Have Seen the Lord”

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The figure of Mary Magdalene has always loomed large in the tradition of the Church because, even though the Bible says relatively little about who she is, what scripture does say speaks volumes. What we know for certain is that Mary Magdalene had been possessed by seven demons (Luke 8:2; Mark 16:9).  Pope Benedict explains […] [Read more]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit”

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

There is indeed a Holy Spirit. We know that there is a Spirit because Jesus has revealed him to us, just as he has revealed the Father to us, and because he has given us the Spirit to be our life.  This is the reason why God took on our human nature:  to share divine […] [Read more]

Truth in Love is not Bigotry

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Hyperbole as a rhetorical device has its place.  But is it true?  We all know that Superman is said to be “faster than a speeding bullet” and “more powerful than a locomotive.”   But is he?  Much of the world of literature and good fiction depends on rhetorical devices.  But in our world of political argument […] [Read more]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The Creed is the Church’s perennial response to the question that Jesus asks each of us: “Who do you say that I am?” We respond, “I believe…” What we believe about Jesus sets us apart, defines us as Christians. God the eternal Word makes himself approachable and accessible in human flesh, and even in human […] [Read more]

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

This past October, just a few weeks after Pope Benedict XVI opened the Year of Faith in the Catholic Church and convoked the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, he canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first indigenous woman of North America to be declared a saint.  Fittingly, Saint Kateri – whose feast day is […] [Read more]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in one God”

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father.  He is such because he is the origin of everything, maker of all things visible and invisible and also because through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we are invited into a relationship with God as adopted children.  We are asked to call God “Our Father.”  […] [Read more]