Pope Francis, perhaps more by his own person and deeds than his words, is awakening Catholics to our mission from Christ at this pivotal point in history. We don’t have to worry about Pope Francis throwing a chair but we can be sure that his witness to Christ from the Chair of Peter will continue to make the indifferent uncomfortable and ignite the fire of love among followers of Christ today.
Stewardship begins with an encounter with Jesus Christ. Everything we do in our parishes, schools and religious institutions must lead people into an encounter with Christ.
(W)e are admitted to the fullest possible union with Christ in this life, when we receive Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Our hearts might be ungrateful and many will reject his offer but the great Shepherd loves us with boundless and passionate love regardless. The Redeemer seeks the sinner to the end.
The vocation of parents is to prepare their children for their eternal destiny – a life in Jesus Christ, sharing in heaven itself. The job of a parent is to prepare children to become saints. To know their worth, their dignity, and their beauty as redeemed sons and daughters of the Father.
Will we be there actively in our respect for others, in our encouraging of good in our society, in our standing up for the weak and the defenseless. That is the invitation given us.
What God sees in us is so much better and greater than we can imagine.
Our faith is not composed of cleverly concocted myths(see 2 Pt 1:16). Rather, Jesus reveals to us the truth in and through his body, the Church. Everyone has the right to the truth, and we have the responsibility as baptized prophets to proclaim the truth in love.
The Eucharist is the high point of our contact with Christ. Many people will see the Church visible in charitable activity and missionary projects, but the place where the Church is actually the Church is here in the liturgy, because here it is that Jesus enters our lives and we touch him.
Today, to be a confirmed Catholic is not easy. Not to succumb to the temptation of mediocrity, our newly confirmed and indeed all of us need the courage of faith, “the courage to swim against the tide.” As Blessed John Paul II said some years ago: “for all the baptized it is essential to pass from a faith of custom to a mature faith, which is expressed in clear, convinced, and valiant personal options”.
The goal of every Christian is to live constantly with God. We practice living constantly with God in this life so that we might be able to live forever with God in the next.
…(S)alvation comes through the ordained priesthood. That’s the way Jesus wanted it. Jesus did not want people to sidestep priests, unworthy though we are.
The priesthood remains unchanged, and the joy, zeal and excitement of ordination is identical from age to age. Yet, the context of ministry is always changing.
The priesthood seems foreign to our postmodern world. In a culture obsessed with sex, celibacy seems strange. In a culture of “independence,” obedience seems a burden. And in a self-centered culture, in which self-fulfillment is deified and worshiped, a life of radical charity seems impossible and naïve.
The priest is a sign of contradiction, a living witness to the love of Christ himself.
Easter means that God is active, that history is not some aimless journey. Justice, love and truth are realities. Most important of all, our God loves us and comes to meet us. Easter is not just a story of a miracle that happened a long time ago. It is an event which has changed the course and meaning of all history.