Archive for November, 2016

The Testimony of Mercy of Saint John Paul II

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis pointed specifically to his holy predecessor, saying, “Let us not forget the great teaching offered by Saint John Paul II in his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia,” explaining that he had highlighted how the theme of mercy in today’s cultural milieu has been largely forgotten (Misericordiae […] [Read more]

Faith and Trust in the Goodness of God: The Mercy of Christian Hope

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Mercy, said Pope Francis in proclaiming this Jubilee Year, is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever,” it is “the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (Misericordiae Vultus, 2, 10).   Noting […] [Read more]

Election Day Prayer

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

As people of faith, we know the imperative of God’s presence in our lives and in the world. We know the vital importance of prayer. If our efforts toward the common good are to bear fruit, if we want to help make a better world that is just and caring, and if we are to […] [Read more]

Partners for the Common Good

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It is fair to say that many of us will be very happy to see this election cycle come to a conclusion. This election season has been difficult and contentious in a number of areas, including the question of faith.  At times, rather than a national discussion on how religion and faith-based communities can be […] [Read more]

Evangelization Through Fostering Community in Our Archdiocesan Church

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

As anyone who has been part of a planning process knows, the work only bears fruit if there is a strategy in place to ensure that the recommendations made will actually be put into effect. Thus, following the close of our Archdiocesan Synod on Pentecost Sunday 2014, a committee was convened to oversee the implementation […] [Read more]

Making Moral Choices

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Every waking hour of our lives, we are constantly making decisions about what we do. In making moral choices, we are guided by our conscience, that inner voice of the Spirit that keeps reminding us to do good even though there may be enticing reasons to do otherwise. This includes the decisions we make participating […] [Read more]

All Souls Day and Our Faith and Hope in the God of All Consolation and Mercy

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

On November 2, the day after All Saints Day, the Church celebrates All Souls Day, which officially is called the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed.  Those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith are part of our spiritual family that cherishes their memory in a special way on this day in […] [Read more]