Archive for July, 2015

The Marks of the Church: The Church is One

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

So often on pastoral visits to parishes or schools when I ask a young child his or her name, I get an immediate and clear response. Sometimes the young person will give both first and last names. It is important to know who we are. Part of our identity, in addition to our family name, […] [Read more]

Discovering What Pope Francis Really Said in Laudato Si’

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Every year as we get close to summer and vacation time, there are published in a variety of sources things to read while either at the beach or wherever. Depending on your reading preference, different lists may be preferable to others. Previously I suggested a candidate for the “Things to be Read this Summer” list […] [Read more]

The Freedom to be True to Our Catholic Identity

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

On this Fourth of July, which concludes the Fortnight for Freedom, we need to remember that Christianity offers an ancient and enduring understanding of freedom which has served humanity well. The human capacity to make choices, including our need to distinguish between good and bad choices, is not something outside us, nor is it given […] [Read more]

The Great Evangelizer Junípero Serra

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Pope Francis – who encourages today’s Catholics to be missionary disciples and share the Good News of Jesus with those they encounter in their everyday lives – will during his September visit to Washington canonize one of the greatest Catholic missionaries in our nation’s history, Junípero Serra, O.F.M. The outdoor Papal Mass on September 23 […] [Read more]