Posts Tagged ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Jubilee Couples Show the Joy of Love

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

For every priest, witnessing and blessing the marriage of a couple in the name of the Church is a special joy. Their standing before the altar signifies that Christ is present with them that day. Just as Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana, he continues to be with couples every […] [Read more]

Mother’s Day and the “Joy of Love”

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The opening sentence of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, offers the perfect context for Mother’s Day: “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” The first and most immediate human relationship we experience is with our mothers. With God, they give us life and by […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Election of Pope Francis: Four Years Later

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Four years ago today, as a result of an ancient process of prayer, silent reflection and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome and thus Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, also called Servant of the Servants of God, and became […] [Read more]

Is it confusion or different approaches?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A very small number of people, whose voices have been amplified by some of the Catholic media, have challenged the integrity of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Yet, what seems to be at the heart of the issue is not a misstatement of doctrine in the exhortation but rather its invitation that we […] [Read more]

The Holy Family of Nazareth is the Model for Families of Today

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Usually we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family the Sunday after Christmas. This year, however, because the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which takes precedence, the Church is observing this day dedicated to the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph today, December 30. Earlier […] [Read more]

Love, Faith and Presence on Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Washington last year and his recent apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia, both offer fathers, mothers and children many things to reflect on as we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day. Our Holy Father knows well the challenges to fatherhood in these times. “Some fathers feel they are […] [Read more]

The Most Holy Trinity and the Nature of Humanity

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

The Most Holy Trinity is the central and most profound mystery of the Christian faith and life. While we human beings can grasp certain aspects of this ultimate truth about God, precisely as a mystery, a full understanding is beyond our limited human comprehension. Yet, this deep mystery of God’s inner life and essence is […] [Read more]

Knowing the Authentic Teaching of the Church

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The Synod of Bishops on the Family, like the preceding Synod on the New Evangelization, universally recognized that many people either do not know or do not fully understand what the Church teaches. As a result, they are impoverished and they journey through life in darkness or twilight, without the light that shows the way. […] [Read more]

The Pastoral Implications of Amoris Laetitia

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

In previous reflections we have touched on a brief overview of the content of Amoris Laetitia, how it reflects the consensus of the bishops of both the 2014 and 2015 Synods and the continuity of its message with the teaching of the Church. Now, I would like to look at the contribution of Amoris Laetitia […] [Read more]

The Magisterial Continuity of Amoris Laetitia

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis does more than just present the teaching of the Church on marriage, which he does so beautifully. He also calls for pastoral reflection and action. His starting point, and one we need to appreciate as we receive this Magisterial document in the Year of Mercy, is the fact that this […] [Read more]