The Rosary | The Glorious Mysteries

The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It's also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn't have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother. I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary. For more, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary began as early as the twelfth century. During the seventeenth century in France, St John Eudes popularised this devotion along with that to the Sacred Heart. St Luke’s Gospel twice mentions that Mary ‘kept all these things in her heart’, pondering the word of God. Mary shows us how to listen to the words the Holy Spirit speaks to us in the depths of our hearts, and how to respond in faith. (Credit: our friends at Universalis.com).

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Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, encouraged by mediaeval mystics and promoted by St Gertrude, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St John Eudes and others, represents a devotion to Jesus in his human nature, in particular referring to the heart as the seat of the emotions. (Credit: our friends at Universalis.com).

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Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | Call No Man Father: A Common Misunderstanding of the Priesthood

On this Father's Day we explore the Catholic understanding of the Priesthood, where priests are called father. Catholics defend that this title is scriptural and consistent with a biblical understanding of Christianity.  That view, however, is a source of confusion for some men and women of goodwill, especially for many of our Evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters.  If pressed about the point even well-intentioned Catholics, lacking a clear understanding of the biblical evidence, have a hard time explaining why we call our parish priest by such a name.  In fact, Jesus’ words are quite clear, as found in Matthew’s Gospel account, when he says, "Call no one on earth your father ..." (Mt 23:9).

So why is it that the Catholic Church has continued the practice, highlighting by name and title, that priests are appropriately called father?  The reason may surprise; and a deeper exploration of Holy Scripture reveals the answer to make one thing clear:  It’s scriptural and is deeply rooted in biblical religion.

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Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Today, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, is celebrated in honor of the institution of the Holy Eucharist. While this feast is recognized on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, in some U.S. dioceses it is transferred to the following Sunday. The day recognizes the great Catholic proclamation of faith of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Peace be with you!