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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 28, 2016 Jesus’ most important teaching moments in Luke’s Gospel take place at meals, parties, and celebrations, and we learn that each meal has a far greater significance than simply eating and drinking with others. Today’s table talk takes place in the context of the journey ...read more
Thirty-eight years ago August 26, Cardinal Albino Luciani, Patriarch of Venice was elected Pope after the death of the Servant of God Blessed Paul VI. The conclave of 101 cardinals lasted 2 days and he was elected on the fourth ballot. Luciani took the name of John Paul I – the first pope to have two ...read more
Pope Francis’ appointment today of Most Reverend Kevin Farrell, Bishop of Dallas as the head of the Vatican’s newly created dicastery, responsible for the Church’s pastoral care for laity, family, youth and life issues is cause for rejoicing in the whole Church. After several years of careful study and reflection, Pope Francis has made one ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 21, 2016 Though today’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) may well be a loose collection of Jesus’ sayings – uttered in several different contexts but brought together here under the general heading “Who will be saved?” – the overall tone of Jesus’ meaning is clear: the Good News ...read more
Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB A very significant turning point in Marian piety and devotion occurred with the Second Vatican Council’s renewal and reform of the liturgy. A decade later, Pope Paul VI issued a remarkable encyclical letter on Marian devotions ‘Marialis cultus’ in 1974. In this landmark ...read more
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 14, 2016 The Scripture readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to consider the implications of our commitments, our lifestyles, and our relationships with others. In the first reading from Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10), the biblical prophet is called to comfort the afflicted ...read more
On August 9, we remember a Jewish woman, Edith Stein, who loved the cross and embraced its contradiction and mystery throughout her own life. There is a very striking, life-size, bronze sculpture of Edith Stein in the center of the German city of Cologne, close to the archdiocesan seminary. The sculpture depicts three Edith Steins ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 7, 2016 Named after the wisest of all the Israelite kings – Solomon – the book of Wisdom was used as a manual or textbook for young Jews living in a Greek culture from 300 BC to 200 AD. The Jews were awed by the brilliant ...read more
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 31, 2016  In addition to setting the stage for Luke’s parable on possessions and hoarding, today’s first reading from Ecclesiastes (1:2; 2:21-23) drives home the fleeting nature of life and the inexorable passage of time with blunt realism: “Vanity of vanities […] vanity of vanities, all ...read more