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Pope: Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God
Jan. 10, 2017, By Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY – The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said.  

The tradition of Annunciation
Dec. 13, 2016, By Father William Nicholas
When we think of the Annunciation we are inclined to think Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Are we aware, however, that stories of divine or angelic announcement of the impending birth of a great figure are found throughout the Scriptures? 

Jesus suffers with all, pope says after confirming sick teen
Sep. 12, 2016, By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY – In a brief outdoor ceremony, Pope Francis administered the sacrament of confirmation to 16-year-old Giuseppe Chiolo, who had come to the Vatican by ambulance from Florence.  

Mary’s assumption pertains to us
Aug. 9, 2016, By Brother John M. Samaha, SM
Like every doctrine of faith, Mary’s assumption into heaven body and soul is about us too. Mary is our model in faith, charity, and perfect union with Christ. She teaches us how to live in a faith-filled and loving way.   

Our Lady of Refuge, patroness
Jun. 21, 2016
Our Lady of Refuge is patroness of both Californias. Franciscan missionary Francisco Diego Garcia y Moreno was the first bishop of the Californias – Baja California (lower California in what is now Mexico) and Alta California (upper California in the present U.S.). He ...

Doubt and faith
Apr. 12, 2016, By Sister Joan L. Roccasalvo, CSJ
Last week, The New York Times published an article titled “God Is a Question, Not an Answer.” Its author William Irwin asks if we should avoid claiming with certainty whether or not God exists. And what of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?  

Rules of fast and abstinence during Lent
Feb. 15, 2016, By USCCB
All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence for all Catholics 14 and older which means abstaining from meat which comes from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs – all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Salt and freshwater species of ...

The church can light up the darkness of humanity
Oct. 6, 2015, By Vatican Information Service
“When life proves difficult and demanding, we can be tempted to step back, turn away and withdraw, perhaps even in the name of prudence and realism, and thus flee the responsibility of doing our part as best we can,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square Oct. ...

Things beyond our imagination
Sep. 21, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human ...

Dorothy Day: A saint for our time
Sep. 8, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
Sometime soon we will witness the canonization of Dorothy Day. For many of us a canonization draws little more than a yawn. So why should there be interest around the canonization of Dorothy Day – who in fact protested that she didn’t want people to consider her a ...

Political correctness: Swallowing hard
Aug. 26, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
Just because something is politically correct doesn’t mean that it might not also be correct. Sometimes we have to swallow hard to accept truth.

The Passion of Jesus
Apr. 1, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
The renowned spiritual writer Henri Nouwen shares how he once went to a hospital to visit a man dying of cancer. The man was still relatively young and had been a very hardworking and generative person. He was the father of a family and provided well for them. He was the ...

Jesus as exorcist
Apr. 1, 2015, By Deacon Christoph Sandoval
‘And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom: and healing all manner of sickness and every infirmity, among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria, and they presented to him all sick people that ...

Fear masking itself as piety
Mar. 4, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
It is easy to mistake piety for the genuine response that God wants of us, that is, to enter into a relationship of intimacy with him and then try to help others have that same experience.

Lent a time for ‘formation of the heart’
Feb. 25, 2015, By U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart “which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference,” Pope Francis said in his Lenten message.

God’s pleasure in our action
Feb. 24, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
For the past six months, while undergoing treatment for cancer, I was working on a reduced schedule. The medical treatments, while somewhat debilitating, left me still enough health and energy to carry on the administrative duties in my present ministry, but they didn’t ...

Our daydreams
Feb. 10, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
A good part of our lives are taken up with daydreams, though few of us admit that and even fewer of us would own up to the contents of those fantasies. We’re ashamed to admit how much we escape into fantasy and we’re even more ashamed to reveal the content of ...

The positive side of melancholy
Jan. 28, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
Normally none of us like feeling sad, heavy, or depressed. Generally we prefer sunshine to darkness, lightheartedness to melancholy. That’s why, most of the time, we do everything we can to distract ourselves from melancholy, to keep heaviness and sadness at bay. We ...

God inside our divisions
Jan. 20, 2015, By Father Ron Rolheiser
Christian de Cherge, the Trappist abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences, as Muslim and Christian.






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