Posts Tagged ‘#Synod15’

“The Glory of God is man fully alive”

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Saint Irenaeus, a great theologian of the Church in the second century, wrote, “The Glory of God is man fully alive.” This idea captures the essence of God who is not a distant impersonal God while also describing the dignity of the human person and God’s wish that each one of us lives our life […] [Read more]

Responding to the Calling of Families to Evangelize the World

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Near the end of the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, a group of families representing a diversity of cultures were presented to Pope Francis. Representing all of the families gathered, they were blessed and sent to be witnesses of the Gospel in their homes and in their communities. This blessing, […] [Read more]

Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Monday, October 26th, 2015

With the celebration of Holy Mass yesterday, the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome came to a close. Together with an Extraordinary Synod held last year, this gathering of bishops representative of the Church in different parts of the world, joined by a variety of experts and observers, was asked […] [Read more]

The Gift of Love

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Standing before the altar, the man and woman gazed into each other’s eyes as each of them made this solemn promise and vow: “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” Shortly before, their respective parents had said to them with tears in their eyes, “I love you,” just as […] [Read more]

Homily at Pontifical North American College

Monday, October 19th, 2015

During the Synod of the Bishops on Marriage, I am staying at the North American College, the U.S. bishops’ seminary in Rome for men studying for the priesthood. Many years ago, I was here as a student and I continue to stay at the College when I am in Rome. On Sunday, October 18, I […] [Read more]