759 – 826 FEAST November 11 A great figure in Christian monasticism, Theodore was born in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), but began monastic life in Bithynia. He returned to Constantinople to study for the priesthood and in 787 was ordained. In 794, he succeeded his uncle, St. Pluto, as abbot of Sakkoudion, where his ideals and […]
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: 1 Kgs 17:10-16
Second reading: Heb 9:24-28
Gospel: Mk 12:38-44
1265-1308 FEAST November 8 Born in Duns, Scotland, John was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1291. He studied in Paris, Oxford and Cambridge, and through his writings and teaching at the University of Paris became the preeminent English-speaking philosopher-theologian of his age. His Franciscan minister-general wrote of his “most subtle genius,” which led to the […]
ca. 912 FEAST November 6 After Demetrian’s young wife died after three months of marriage, he entered a monastery on Cyprus dedicated to St. Anthony. There he was ordained a priest and ultimately served as abbot for four decades. When Demetrian was chosen bishop of Khytri, he fled to a cave. But a friend persuaded […]
First Century FEAST November 5 The first chapter of Luke’s Gospel tells the story of John the Baptist’s parents. Elizabeth, a cousin of Mary, is old and childless; her husband, Zechariah, is a priest in Jerusalem. Zechariah is praying in the Temple when an angel reveals Elizabeth will bear a son named John. When he […]
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: Dt 6:2-6
Second reading: Heb 7:23-28
Gospel: Mk 12:28-34
African Christians had figured prominently in shaping the Catholic tradition. They made their imprint on Catholic theology, doctrine and religious practices.
Q. As an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, I have something bothering me. As we give out Communion, we say “body of Christ” for the host and “blood of Christ” for the chalice. But aren’t we actually offering the “complete Christ” — body, blood, soul and divinity — under each species? (Ogallala, Nebraska) A. You […]
The U.S. bishops will consider endorsing the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, the granddaughter of slaves and the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, who transcended racism to leave a lasting mark on Catholic life in the United States in the late 20th century.
Married men and women, priests and those in religious life are ultimately called to live out their vocation faithfully and follow the “path of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life,” the pope said Oct. 31 during his weekly general audience.
The Pope Francis asked for an examination of conscience to ask are we listening to the poor in a message for the World Day of the Poor — to be marked each year on the 33rd Sunday of ordinary time — will be celebrated Nov. 18 this year and will focus on a verse from Psalm 34, “This poor one cried out and the Lord heard.”