Yo y Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Cuando las personas me preguntan cuál fue la mejor experiencia que yo tuve en México, mi respuesta es siempre mi visita a la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Esta experiencia fue poderosa y única. Me encanta mi visita a la Basílica por muchas razones. Primera, es porque yo aprendí mucho sobre Nuestra Señora cuando […]

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Vox Clamantis: Subsidiarity – Magisterium

As papal encyclicals often include a Catholic anthropology when speaking about Catholic Social Teaching, it is helpful to provide a brief sketch of Catholic anthropology to facilitate an understanding of the importance of subsidiarity in the papal Magisterium. Rooted in the nature of man, prior to any act of the intellect, will, or movement of […]

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Fear, Hope, and Confidence
The Church of the Incarnation

A caricature of the Old Testament is that God is wrathful, vengeful, and angry and we are holding to a thin cord above the flames of perdition.  While a cursory reading of the reading from Wisdom may seem to propose this, the word “hope” and its connection with repentance of sins indicates that believers are […]

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Imitating Trust and Generosity
Veni, Sancte Spiritus!

Being a Catholic, a disciple of Christ, is often difficult in our world.  However, we should have the confidence to trust that God will not allow His work, that He accomplishes through us, to be in vain.  Doing God’s work, however, we are called to imitate God’s generosity.  The parable of the sower and seed […]

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Vox Clamantis: Solidarity and the Common Good – Magisterium

Like many elements of Catholic Social Thought, “solidarity” is a new word for an old concept. St. John Paul II noted in Centesimus Annus1 the differing ways of describing the concept of solidarity in the recent magisterium: Leo XIII used “friendship,” Pius XI termed it “social charity,” and Paul VI often talked about a “civilization […]

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Vox Clamanatis: Common Good & Solidarity – Scriptures

The principles of the common good and solidarity have to do with the interconnectedness of human beings. Both principles are rooted in the understanding that God is the father of all human beings, regardless of race, creed, nationality, or heritage, and as a result the condition of one or more members of the human family […]

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God: Fearful or Trustworthy?
St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me is not worthy of me.”  Many of us trust God somewhat: we let Him into our lives, but only so far.  Perhaps we’re afraid we’ll realize that we must change our lives – ourselves – as we grow closer to Him, and […]

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The Pastoral Year

What is the purpose of the Pastoral Year? It might be easier if I described what I did and then we can back track into the purpose for the year and its value in the formation process. The St Paul Catholic Center is the Newman Center, that is, the Catholic Campus ministry for Indiana University. […]

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Vox Clamantis: Human Dignity – Magisterium

As we have seen, Catholic Social principles in general, and Human Dignity and Rights in particular, have substantial basis both in divine revelation and in the doctrinal patrimony of the Church. These principles are beautifully elucidated in the magisterial tradition of the Church – but it would be incorrect to say that Catholic Social Teaching began with […]

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