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Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you…” These words in this one sentence, though simple, speak profoundly about who we are to become as Christians, as Catholics. This sentence points to the greatest theological virtue: caritas, also known as charity or love.
The theological virtue of charity is the principle backbone of Catholic Social Teaching. Without love, there is no true justice. Without love, there is nothing holding together who we are and what we do. Love is everything! This body we profess in the liturgy is Christ’s body. It is the body of Love incarnate, which we are to become. The liturgical action of the Eucharist is two fold. It is the celebration of the...
Far too often people approach receiving the Sacraments as though they are some kind of magic. They believe that upon reception of a sacrament, they are somehow going to be more virtuous, loving, kind, a better disciple, etc. I hear this all the time: "Brother, I am always confessing the same sin(s). Why hasn't God changed me?" The problem with questions like this is that there seems to be a fundamental disconnect between our understanding of what the sacraments actually do for us and what is required for that to happen.
At the heart of the matter is how we understand grace and specifically sanctifying grace. You will remember from your Catechism class that grace is "a supernatural gift of God bestowed on us through the...
Abraham's faith and trust in God gave him the hope to believe that all God has promised would be fulfilled. We too are given a promise in Jesus Christ and in his resurrection. Does our faith in God bring about the same hope in us that God's promise would be fulfilled in our lives, even during this Lent?
What does the Letter of James have to tell us about the Lenten season? With help from Pope Benedict XVI and the readings of today's Mass, we can discern a calling to the spiritual works of mercy -- not only as the external work of the Church, but even more as the internal work of the Church. This Lent remember: "We're in this together!"
(This video is based on the Scripture reading from Vespers for the day filmed for a recent class. As an assignment, it was intended to simulate preaching on this reading for a parish group. But I thought anyone might find what I preached useful for their spiritual lives. Enjoy!)
Why participate in a short-term mission? Why bother? I mean they are extremely expensive considering the amount of time spent in a mission territory. In working with CRS this summer, we were confronted with the issue in one of our conference calls.
…So why bother?
A short-term mission isn’t about how much help you can offer. Certainly, we all want to offer a service to the Church and to give the poor some assistance, but let’s be honest, there isn’t too much you can do. Not to mention the amount of money organizations throw into these short missions is large considering there is not much accomplished.
A short-term mission isn’t about solving a problem...
La lectura de Isaías nos habla sobre todo lo que nosotros como predicadores deseamos: que nuestra proclamación del Evangelio sea bien recibida por todos los que la escuchan. Como mendicantes que somos, nosotros le pedimos a Dios, fuente de toda bondad, que nos dé las palabras justas para predicar; palabras que conmuevan e inviten a las personas a seguir su caminar hacia Dios. Y cuando eso pasa, regocijarnos al saber que el mensaje de Dios ha caído en tierra fértil y ha producido árboles fructuosos que saciaran el hambre de quien tiene ansias de Dios.
Como nos dicen las Escrituras, “No sólo de pan vive el hombre, sino de toda palabra que sale de la boca de...
Life is inevitably littered with bad days. No amount of optimism or wishful thinking will ever change that reality. Try as we might, some flus and colds we can’t quite prevent. Some nights we don’t sleep well. Flat tires, disappointing meetings, stressful assignments seem oddly impossible to eradicate. This is to say nothing of the little disappointments that happen in human relationships - being misunderstood or not getting a little encouragement when you need it. Not every day is five star day.
But not every day is awful either. They aren’t just good or bad; there is a lot in between. I propose another way to think about them: one, two, or five talent days. Remember the Parable of the Talents? Jesus tells of a man who...
Who is guilty? Surely not me: I'm innocent, right? St. Peter's letter reminds us Christ loved us and continues to offer His love to us, as unworthy we may be. Accepting this love - His love - means loving as He does.