Last week I suggested a New Year’s resolution: Use the new year to figure out what gifts God wants to give to the world through you. Let me tell you a story.
We’ve had some staff changes over the past few weeks, so I want to note them here.
As the new year starts I want to bring you up to date on a conversation that’s going on among parish leadership. It has to do with our likely future, when — possibly as early as this June, possibly later — our staff is reduced to two priests.
The British theologian Rosemary Haughton once said that the greatest fraud perpetrated on modern people was the conviction that “skill” doesn’t apply to loving.
To be a disciple of Christ is to learn from Christ. We meet the Risen Christ in His Word, especially as that Word is heard in the communion of the church. But we only hear if we listen. Listening is hard, and rare.
If the communion of disciples, instructed by the Gospels and invigorated by the presence of the Risen Christ, is the seedbed of faith and sanctity, how we live together matters greatly.
I’m faced with a pull from two sides: I regularly hear from one group of parishioners that they find the noise of chatter before Mass distracting and even damaging to their spiritual growth.
How does one learn to belong to the Catholic Church? One common mistake is to focus on the creed at the expense of the Gospel. Creeds are vital — they tell us what we believe.
What are the basics of being a “practicing Catholic” today? It seems that a lot of well-meaning and faithful people are confused on this, so a refresher might be in order.
[The Angel] showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God… Its wall was of a great height and had twelve gates… — Rev. 21:10ff, today’s second reading