Archive for August, 2013

50th Anniversary of Christian Unity at the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Fifty years ago today, on August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. electrified the nation with the soaring rhetoric of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the climax of the March on Washington.  He appealed that day to the American creed of freedom and equality for all, but as […] [Read more]

Caring For Those Who Disagree with Us on the Meaning of Marriage

Monday, August 26th, 2013

As we present the teaching of the Church on human sexuality and chastity with special reference to homosexuality, we do so fully aware that this teaching is often misunderstood.  Too often, what the Church proclaims is presented as if it were somehow anti-someone.  This is simply not true. From the outset, one thing must be […] [Read more]

Saint Rose of Lima and Our Unity in Christ

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The birth of the Church at Pentecost is a snapshot of the world’s first universally welcoming family (Acts 2:9-11).  From that first moment, the Church has been multicultural and inclusive, that is to say, catholic, a word that comes from the Greek, katholikos, which means “universal.”  Incorporated within the Body of Christ is every ethnic […] [Read more]

Truth is Never Discrimination

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Of the Catholic Church’s many teachings, perhaps some of the most challenging for people in today’s culture involve human sexuality, including homosexuality.  As state after state considers changing its laws on the definition of marriage, all of us have had to think about the nature of love, the meaning of marriage and the teaching of […] [Read more]

Going Back to School – It’s Not Just for Kids

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

As the days of summer draw to a close – at least according to the calendar, if not the thermometer – we turn our attention to the beginning of yet another school year.  Many adults I know whose school days ended long ago still appreciate having their own “school supplies” – pens, notebooks, reading lists, […] [Read more]

The Bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

One of the most beautiful and popular themes of sacred art is that of the Madonna and Child, depicting Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arms.  A less known image but equally beautiful and touching is the scene, often included in the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, which shows the Risen Jesus holding the […] [Read more]

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa – the Black Madonna revered as the patroness and queen of Poland – is scarred by two slash marks on her face, reportedly from the sword of a Hussite invader in 1430. In this past century, Poland and its people were scarred by the Nazi occupation, an […] [Read more]

Marriage – The Context of Sexual Activity

Monday, August 12th, 2013

As we examine what the Catholic Church really teaches about sex and why her teaching is important, we recall that this teaching comes out of twenty centuries of human experience and faith conviction rooted in both our human nature and God’s Word. The Church has the responsibility of passing on all that she has received […] [Read more]

The Shining Light of Saint Edith Stein

Friday, August 9th, 2013

  The light of faith is capable of illuminating our entire journey, directing us in all that we do in our daily activity.  In this way, the light shines from within us to be seen by others (Lumen Fidei, 1, 33). One person who saw that light in others and became a great light herself […] [Read more]

Mary: Mother of the Church

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

We have been reflecting on Mary as a model for the evangelizer by examining three distinct characteristics of evangelization.  Catholic evangelization is marked by a deep sense of conversion.  All of us are called to a deeper relationship with the risen Lord and all of us can live our faith more fully.  Just as Mary […] [Read more]