All of us-priests, deacons, laity and religious-must make a sincere effort in this Year of Faith to deepen our friendship with Christ as well as our knowledge of the content of the faith so that we may more effectively share this inestimable treasure with everyone we meet.
Are you afraid to witness in defense of the unborn and other victims of injustice? Are you afraid to take a stand in favor of the teachings of Jesus and against the popular currents of a secular culture destructive to life and family?
In one of his sermons, St. Augustine of Hippo compares the Christian moral life to a dance, a dance to the song of the Gospel. There is some keen insight in St. Augustine’s comparison of the moral life to a dance, and it merits some reflection.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of our age is that Catholics are becoming more and more unaware of the reality of who they are. God has given us the gift of participating in his life. It is clear that we should take an active part in that wondrous, sublime and unending reality. Others deserve to see, hear and experience our love for the truth of the Catholic Faith that they too may find the treasure buried in the field (Mt. 13:44 ff.).
A true witness of Christ will be someone who is also fearless. Fearless witnesses are those who have abandoned themselves to the loving friendship of Jesus. They trust his power and his presence. They know that the judgments of time will be corrected by the judgments of eternity. We are in dire need of men and women who will evangelize a difficult world by the witness of their lives. Will you be one?
China’s One Child Policy demands our outrage! We call upon the Obama Administration to take a strong and public position decrying this horrid abuse of human rights. Of course, it is increasingly hard to take the moral high ground when the same Obama Administration continues its own governmental policy of defending the killing of children in the womb, at any time and for any reason, in our own country – calling it a “reproductive right” and seeking to fund it under the Affordable Care Act.
July 9, 2012 / MariaNews.com Former U.S. President spearheading women’s health issues in Africa By Catholic Online LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – While former U.S. President George W. Bush faces some often harsh criticism as commander in chief from those who claim he led the nation into unpopular wars and additional criticism from opponents who claim ...
Difficulties, struggles and hardships do not lessen in life as we age. Rather, they just change their complexion. We change in and through them. They can become the vehicle for some of the greatest growth in our relationship with the Lord. What had been intended for our demise can become the path to our restoration. The saints of old, such as St. Paul, grew so accustomed to difficulties they began to “boast” of them. The question that we should ask ourselves when we face struggle, difficulty, failure, disappointment and the frequent pain of life is how we respond?
The Bishop mentioned the case of a man who stopped persecuting the Catholic Church. “After converting to Catholicism he was asked to pray for a paralytic. He did it even though he did not want to; the next day, the paralytic rose and walked towards the church.” The newly converted man was so shocked by this miraculous experience that he started attending mass and “is now a very active member of the parish.” When the Bishop describes miracles that have taken place people in Europe sometimes say: “Hey, bishop, you’re telling tales.” But despite the incredulity he insists, “I am told about many cases of healing which we cannot ignore.” Is this a part of a new missionary age?
With the decision that Obamacare will stand as the law of the land means that America – home of the brave, land of the free – is no more. This great country, the one to whom all great refugee movements of the world for over two centuries saw as the light to escape poverty, political bondage, and hopelessness now turns its back on that legacy of freedom for what will, in a very short time, amount a bowl of pottage. The turn to tyranny won’t happen overnight and it won’t be recognized as tyranny – not at first anyway. But as freedom gets chipped away the straight jacket gets tighter and then hardens to envelop the mind like a steel casket.