“Who are we to say anything?” That’s a spoken and unspoken thought that many of us have when it comes to questions of morality, the reality of sin. And often times that’s attached with a mis-reading of this gospel.
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN? It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 months since Hurricane Sandy (or super-storm Sandy as insurance adjustors like to call it) hit our region - leaving a path of destruction and devastation the likes of which we’ve never seen.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent, and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a “moveable” feast, falling on a different date each year, simply because it is dependent on the date of Easter Sunday.
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.
EWTN: Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out his ministry and will resign on Feb. 28.
This story, is pretty cool because we have Jesus at this major party; this wedding. And in those days, there was no honeymoon (no Carnival Cruise ships or Perillo tours yet) so this was the honeymoon.
So you get a phone call - it’s your Mom, or your Dad or maybe its your grandma or grandpa - whoever it is - someone who’s important to you. They’re all excited because their schedule has cleared, they have a free afternoon and they want to stop by to see you.
If Catholics ever needed a good reason to explain why the saints – especially two of the most pre-eminent ones, Mary and Joseph – are so important to us, this Feast of the Holy Family and this Gospel seems to give excellent examples.
This week, while reflecting on this Gospel, I felt drawn to that question that we hear asked three times of John the Baptist, by three different people in this Gospel.
Often times when we hear genie in the lamp - three-wish stories or tales - you can’t help but let your mind wander to “what if?” What if we had a genie in a lamp offer us three wishes... and no you couldn’t use that whole “wish for three more wishes” bit.
Find out more about The Year of Faith from the USCCB.
Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas addresses the current political climate in America.
It’s hard to imagine a world without text messaging, isn’t it? The jury is probably still out whether that’s a good thing or not - but the reality is that, in a short period of time, we’ve moved from just being curious about a new method of communication - getting a mini-email on your phones - to seeing it as an essential form of daily communication.