St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

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St. Joseph - the worker

Upon hearing Mary’s news about her pregnancy, Joseph knew she could have been accused of adultery and would be stoned to death, so he decided to send her away quietly. However, when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what … Read More

March 19th, We Celebrate St. Joseph

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

St. Joseph

March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary and foster father of Jesus. This falls on the calendar just seven days before the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, which commemorates the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary announcing that she is to give birth to the Messiah.  St. Joseph was born in Bethlehem and worked … Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagPope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple … Read More

Rome: The Eternal City

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

Rome

It takes a traveler mere minutes in Rome to understand why she is called the “Eternal City.” As you speed from the airport, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica suddenly looms from beyond the Vatican walls, and time seems to turn in on itself. Insta-communications and all the glories of the present age become as passing fancies — the grass … Read More

St. Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

Feast Day

(uCatholic) At the personal request Pope Francis, the annual July 22 commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene on the Catholic liturgical calendar has been elevated to a Feast Day, the same ranking as the individual commemoration of the Apostles. The decree, dated June 3 and published in Latin, was signed by Archbishop Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah, secretary and president, respectively, … Read More

May, the Month of Mary

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

May, is the month of Mary. Let us take a look at what some of our Popes and Church leaders have shared about our Blessed Mother Mary. “May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come to aid the needs of … Read More

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis, US News

(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to support their favorite causes, and … Read More

Amoris Laetitia : Joy of Love

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis’ summary document on the two synods on the family released today does not explicitly allow remarried divorcees to receive holy Communion, as some had feared — but it comprehensively covers complex pastoral challenges to the family, in a long text that leaves much open to interpretation. The document, signed on March 19, the Solemnity of … Read More

First canonization of a married couple; Pope canonizes the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ’s disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and “suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and … Read More

Cardinal Dolan Among Concerned Bishops Who Wrote Pope about Synod

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(CNA, by Ann Schneible)  New York’s archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year’s Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates allegedly addressed the Pope with … Read More

USCCB President, Archbishop Kurtz, provides helpful analogy regarding Synod on the Family

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(By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service) — Acknowledging that families come with complications, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminded his fellow bishops Nov. 10 that their role is to accompany their family of the church through their fears and concerns. “Evangelizing means witnessing to our hope in Jesus,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, in … Read More

Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod?

WebmasterChurch News, Pope Francis

(Catholic News Service, by Francis X. Rocca)  Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis — even a “rebuke” to him. Journalists have pointed to the absence, in the synod’s final report, of an earlier version’s strikingly conciliatory language toward people … Read More

Pope Francis’ speech at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family

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Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with … Read More