The path to sanctity requires mortification, namely, putting to death the negative image that results from our separation from God.
The university has not understood its Catholic and Pontifical duties. It has turned its back on the Catholic and Magisterial light, sadly necessitating what is an unprecedented move in the history of the Church. Though long in coming, it shows that Pope Benedict XVI has teeth.
Mike Salman was thrown in jail for holding bible studies on his land because he violated the City of Phoenix’s zoning ordinances. The criminal prosecution claimed that his property was being used as a Church and thus needed to be used according to church zoning ordinances.
Archbishop Chaput Closes Fortnight with Powerful Homily: What We Must Render Unto God and Unto CaesarJuly 7, 2012 1 Comment
On the Fourth of July, Archbishop Chaput delivered the closing homily before an overflow crowd gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Catholic University. The Liturgy, along with others in major cities throughout the Nation, was to “close” the “Fortnight for Freedom” called by the US Catholic Bishops. His choice as the homilist was not accidental. Nor can the critical and essential intention of this fortnight, the protection and preservation of religious freedom, actually come to an end.
Consecrating our lives to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary brings us closer to Jesus and the Church. Try to remember asking for Mary’s intercession in your daily prayers.
While there may be some such Catholics who might change their minds regarding abortion, or contraception, or infallibility if only the doctrines were better explained to them, most Catholics who disagree with these, and other, doctrines understand well enough why the Church teaches what it teaches, but they still refuse to accept them. So if they understand on an intellectual level the general reasons for a doctrine, why do some Catholics accept doctrine and others reject it? The answer is that the fundamental obstacle lies not with the intellect, but with the will.
What is novel about the City of Man we have ushered in is its idiosyncratic nature. It is not really a republic, or a democracy, or even a republican democracy or a democratic republic. It is an idiocracy. To have a democracy, you must have a people, a demos. To have a republic, there must be a public thing, a res publica, a common good that is being protected or promoted.
In prayer we learn to see the signs of this merciful plan in the journey of the Church. Thus do we grow in the love of God, opening the door for the Blessed Trinity to come and dwell among us, bringing us light and warmth and guiding our lives. … Prayer generates men and women not animated by egoism, desire to posses and thirst for power, but by gratuitousness.
In the latest outbreak of terrorist violence in Nigeria, three churches were bombed in Kaduna. The bombings spurred on riots in the state capital and prompting a 24-hour curfew. At least 21 people have been killed and at least 100 have been injured. Tensions in the African nation, particularly between the Muslim north and Christian south have risen dramatically sharply.
Sports creates an opportunity for dialogue among Church, culture and youth.