July 2013

Keeping Track of Christ

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Seven years ago, my Jesuit superiors missioned me to study theology in Rome. I would live at the college of the Gesù, the...

What We Do, Who We Are

What We Do, Who We

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Editor's Note: We welcome Mark Latkovic back to the blog.  Yesterday, he discussed the formation of our conscience.  In...

Forming Our Conscience

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What Conscience Is and Is Not The Anglican moral theologian, Oliver O’Donovan observes that contemporary accounts of...

Recognizing the Voice of God

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1703    Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul,[1] the human person is “the only creature on earth that God has...

Please Can I Have?

Please Can I Have?

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Recently I was sitting in an airport terminal, reading a book and waiting for a flight, when a father and his 2-year-old son...

The Repositories of Tradition

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Nestled quietly in the back section of our Sunday newspaper was an article on the death of a woman.  She would hardly have...

World Youth Day Update

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Over the past week or so, young pilgrims from all over the world have been flocking to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to participate in...

A Servant of the Church

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Within the time of the New Testament, the leader of each Christian community, its “overseer” (in Greek, episkopos),...

Care and Commitment

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What does it mean to be called by God to serve His Church as a priest?  Perhaps no one has spoken more eloquently about this...

A Challenge to Love and Trust One Another

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Researching a priest's obituary while working at a diocesan newspaper, I learned that, following ordination in 1942, the...

Unity of Mission

Unity of Mission

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871   “The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been...

Friendship, Hospitality, Faith

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When I was in seminary preparation to become a priest, my friends and I were told to give homilies that focus on one point and...

Hunger For Freedom, Hunger for the Eucharist

Hunger For Freedom

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Editor's Note:  The following is an excerpt from a homily given at the 1976 International Eucharistic Congress in...

A Sacrament of Healing

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On May 5, 2011, my life as I knew it changed forever.  After three weeks of unusual bruises and other symptoms, I was...

Strength in Illness

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1511    The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen...

A Picnic with Our Sister of Mount Carmel

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Right after I had made my decision to join the Carmelites, my best friend in high school and college asked me, “why...

A Safeguard in Dangers

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The scapular gets its name from the Latin word scapula, meaning “shoulder”.  It is part of the habit of monastics and...

The Lily of the Mohawks

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In 1656, a daughter was born to a Christian Algonquin woman and a Mohawk Chief.  Named Kateri, she began her life in a...

Spreading the Love

Spreading the Love

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A young girl, baptized Juana Enriqueta Josefina de los Sagrados Corazones Fernández y Solar, was born in Santiago Chile on...

Holiness is for Everyone

Holiness is for Ev

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It's a miracle worthy of examination.  You've finally made a promise to yourself and God to get up early, read the...

Our Woundedness

Our Woundedness

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One of my favorite methods of prayer is to read a passage from Sacred Scripture and imagine myself as a character in the...

The Truth of Annulments

The Truth of Annul

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“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NAB) Annulment = Catholic divorce,...

Come Away, My Beloved

Come Away, My Belo

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Editor's Note: Today, we are excited to feature a post that explores the connection between married love and the love God...

A Mysterious Sanctity

A Mysterious Sanct

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It's not easy to figure out what made Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati so remarkable. It is easy to understand why people loved to...

A Gift of Strength and Grace

A Gift of Strength

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THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY I. Marriage in God's Plan 1602    Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and...