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Taking a closer look at the Mass

Taking a closer look at the Mass In 2015, Mark’s Gospel was proclaimed at Sunday Masses.  Since his Gospel has only 16 chapters, five weeks during the summer are devoted to John’s Gospel Chapter 6 about Jesus as the Bread of Life.  The Sunday prior to John’s Gospel was the multiplication of the loaves a...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pope Francis calls us to be 'spirit-filled evangelizers'

Pope Francis calls us to be 'spirit-filled evangelizers' Pope Francis concludes The Joy of the Gospel with a chapter on “Spirit-Filled Evangelizers.”  Baptism calls each Christian to invite others to believe in Jesus.  This goes contrary to our American mentality because we all learned the three things we are never to talk about ...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dialogue ... is essential

Dialogue ... is essential Dialogue with our Jewish sisters and brothers is also considered to be essential – “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for ‘the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable’ (Romans 11:29)” (Evangelii Gaudiu...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015

We must walk toward Christian unity

We must walk toward Christian unity During our annual priest convocation in September, Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis was our presenter.  In his opening conference, he shared an invitation he had received from the Methodist Bishop of Indiana to address his ministers and their wives during their annual conference. ...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pope Francis insists on a Church-science dialogue

Pope Francis insists on a Church-science dialogue   Pope Francis insists upon the importance of the Church dialoguing with scientists. “Faith is not fearful of reason; on the contrary, it seeks and trusts reason, since 'the light of reason and the light of faith both come from God' and cannot contradict each other” (Evangelii Gaud...
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Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Church supports human dignity and the common good

The Church supports human dignity and the common good   Pope Francis writes that “the church does not have solutions for every particular issue ... she supports those programs which best respond to the dignity of each person and the common good” (Evangelii Gaudium 241).  It was appalling to hear presidential candidates protest Po...
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

God's presence shines forth through all lives of love

God's presence shines forth through all lives of love   Whenever Christians live like Jesus, God’s Kingdom breaks into our world.  However, the work of building God’s Kingdom is not limited to the actions of Christians alone.  God remains sovereign and is free to choose to work through each and every person.  Those who...
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope Francis stresses dialogue for the common good

Pope Francis stresses dialogue for the common good   Pope Francis stresses the importance of Church dialogue between governments, society, culture (each of which is unique and espouses common and differing values and customs).  He encourages dialogue with scientists, Christians of other denominations, and non-Christians.  The purpose...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pope Francis sees peace through order and justice

Pope Francis sees peace through order and justice   In Chapter Four (entitled “The Social Dimension of Evangelization”) of his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis writes about “The Common Good and Peace in Society.”  He first describes what peac...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pope Francis defines 'the most vulnerable'

Pope Francis defines 'the most vulnerable'   Jesus’ care for the “little ones” (Matthew 25:40) – sinners, outcasts, and marginalized – “reminds us Christians that we are called to care for the vulnerable of the earth” (Evangelii Gaudium 209).  Pope Francis identifies some of those who are...
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Monday, August 17, 2015