Archive for April, 2016

Consensus Exhortation

Monday, April 11th, 2016

One of the many aspects of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, that I find particularly noteworthy is that it expresses the Holy Father’s engagement with the bishops who attended both the 2014 and the 2015 Synods on marriage and all of the material that was a part of those two gatherings that spoke about marriage, […] [Read more]

On Love in the Family: The Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis

Friday, April 8th, 2016

“The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” With these words, Pope Francis begins his post-synodal apostolic exhortation entitled Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family), which was signed on March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, patron of our spiritual family, the Church. In the opening chapters, Pope […] [Read more]

Sobre el Amor en la Familia: Exhortación Apostólica del papa Francisco

Friday, April 8th, 2016

“La alegría del amor que se vive en las familias es también el júbilo de la Iglesia”. Con estas palabras, el papa Francisco comienza su exhortación apostólica post-sinodal titulada Amoris Laetitia (Sobre el Amor en la Familia), que fue firmada el 19 de marzo, solemnidad de San José, patrono de nuestra familia espiritual, la Iglesia. […] [Read more]

Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Today we celebrate the feast of the patron saint of teachers, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, who offers enduring lessons for today’s Catholic education. This late 17th century priest from Reims, France, devoted his life to educating the poor, founding the famous Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Saint John Baptist de […] [Read more]

The Annunciation of the Lord

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Traditionally, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on March 25. But because that date this year was Good Friday, our celebration has been transferred to today. Nevertheless, it is fitting that we pause a moment and reflect upon these two holy days together. The Annunciation commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s […] [Read more]

The Infinite Blessing of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Still filled with the joy of our Lord’s Resurrection, on this day the Church sings over and over again “God’s mercy endures forever.” We find this song of praise in Psalm 118, which is the Responsorial Psalm at Mass today. The words capture perfectly the mind of the Church which, since 2001, has celebrated this […] [Read more]

The Legacy of a Pope of Mercy

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Tender love and compassion are needed more than ever in our world, yet “we must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in the wider culture,” observes Pope Francis. “In some cases the word seems to have dropped out of use. However, without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if […] [Read more]