Posts Tagged ‘Lumen Gentium’

Light for the People

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The Church is the all-embracing context of Christian life and witness. Of all the councils held so far, the Second Vatican Council concentrated most heavily on the nature and meaning of the Church. For some, it therefore deserved to be called “The Council on the Church.” Two of its most frequently quoted documents, the Dogmatic Constitution […] [Read more]

The Celebration of the Sacramental Liturgy and Prayer

Monday, September 8th, 2014

“We go to Mass on Sunday!” the father asserted, to which the exasperated youngster replied, “Dad, I can’t.  I have soccer practice.”  Sound familiar?  It is increasingly difficult to recognize any difference between Sunday and the other days of the week. Our Archdiocesan Synod, however, gave witness that the heart of the Church is the […] [Read more]

The Mission and Blessing of Manifesting the Kingdom

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Manifesting the kingdom of God – this is the mission and blessing given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels tell us that Jesus “went around all Galilee…proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23).  This kingdom is spiritual and not a political realm, and its final fulfillment will be realized in eternity.  […] [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]

The Little Way of the Little Flower: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It was an extraordinary scene in Saint Peter’s Square as the crowd chanted, “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”), at the funeral for Pope John Paul II.  Those cries will be validated by his canonization on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, together with the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII, but this formal affirmation by the […] [Read more]