The three days of All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Day, and All Souls Day are collectively referred to as Allhallowtide. It is a time for honoring the saints and praying for all recently departed souls. For more about this day, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Each year on August 22nd the Catholic Church celebrates a memorial feast recognizing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This, like all other Marian feasts, reminds us that we can turn to Mary in every need, counting on her intercession and mediation. For more about the Queenship of Mary and saints who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, please click on the image. Remember, in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, "Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You could never love her more than Jesus did." Peace be with you!
On this Father's Day weekend 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. For more about this post and the Catholic understanding of the priesthood as "fathers" please click on the image. Happy Father's Day. Peace be with you!
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. For more about this day, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Today is Trinity Sunday. As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Church's teaching about the Triune God "is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them" (CCC 234). This great mystery is a mystery of love in a communion of Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For more about this day, please click on the image. Peace be with you!