Moral rectitude, the concrete living out of the Christian way, especially when it is done in an heroic manner, can move even the most hardened unbeliever to faith, and the truth of this principle has been proven again and again over the centuries.
Q: Genesis 2:3 says that, after creating the universe, God “rested from all the work he had done.” Since the church has always viewed the seventh day (Sunday) as holy, a day of rest and worship, is it right to go shopping on Sunday (which means that store clerks have to work on that day)? […]
“Lent, as a penitential season, has been a teacher for thousands of years of the fruitfulness of self-discipline,” Sister Esther Mary Nickel, associate director of the Sioux City Diocese’s Office of Worship, said. “It is a fruitfulness that flourishes in a deeper love of God, which pours out also into love of neighbor.”
“The family is the indispensable crucible in which spouses, parents and children … learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolved not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other,” Pope Francis wrote.
Sitting together during Mass is a weekly reminder that our life is directed by God. Perhaps it’s in the communal experience — seeing other families of different backgrounds and ages and realizing that our family is part of a larger family of Catholics.
First reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
third century February 14 How Feb. 14 came to be celebrated as the feast for lovers is somewhat a mystery. What little is known of the feast’s namesake can be attributed to the lives of two martyrs: one a priest, the other a bishop. Their lives have no connection to the contemporary holiday. The priest […]
Yes, chocolate and flowers are traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, and they’re good options — in most cases. But they’re not the only option and, often, not even the best option.
Q: Growing up in our family, God always came first. Our parents taught us to love and respect the Eucharist, especially when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar. (We would genuflect and bow.) Our parish church now exposes the Eucharist before Sunday Mass. I am shocked to see people (young and old) come […]
ninth century February 14 These Greek brothers were distinguished even before they became “the apostles of the Slavs.” Cyril taught in Constantinople and Methodius was a provincial governor. About 863, after ordination, they went as missionaries to Moravia, where they had considerable success, partly because they knew the Slavonic language. But their mission was challenged […]