Archive for February, 2014

Sharing the Beauty of God with ‘Fresh Energy and Imagination’

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

When I launched this blog two years ago today, I noted that what I planned to do with it was to “talk about our Catholic faith, what it teaches, why it is important, certainly to me, and why, I hope, it would be important to you.” The blog’s title – Seek First the Kingdom – […] [Read more]

Love and the Priesthood

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Last Saturday, it was my great joy to dedicate and bless a new wing at Blessed John Paul II Seminary – so vibrant is the life of faith in our local Church that we need more room.  Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, giving thanks to God for the […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ and the Vocation of the Human Person

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Valentine’s Day blog took up the topic of small acts of love that are integral to happy family life.  The reason they are so important is that they foster growth in love, preparing us for those greater acts of self-sacrifice that are needed when a family faces difficult circumstances such as a serious illness […] [Read more]

A Vocation to Love

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Over the years the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become a huge business for the greeting card, flower, candy and jewelry industries.  There seems to be this pressure to find a gift that captures exactly how much you love a person.  Is there really a gift that can do such a thing?  While many people […] [Read more]

With a Loving Heart, Seeing the Face of Christ in the Sick

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

It is very appropriate that we celebrate World Day of the Sick today on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  From the very beginning, when young Saint Bernadette Soubirous reported the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes has been known for cures that defy medical explanation.  Since that […] [Read more]

Saint Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Blessed John Paul II canonized Saint Josephine Bakhita in the Great Jubilee Year 2000. Her journey to sainthood was a remarkable one.  A former Sudanese slave, she endured beatings and brandings, but eventually she found freedom from enslavement.  Upon her baptism into the Catholic Church, Bakhita took the name Josephine and later she became a […] [Read more]

Loving God and Others in Religious and Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Jesus taught that every one is obliged to love God and his neighbor in the faithful observance of the commandments.  Indeed, the entirety of the Law can be summed up in this one word – “love” (Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 10:25-28).  Similarly, Blessed Pope John Paul II confirmed that love “is the fundamental and innate vocation […] [Read more]