What is hope? The Apostle Paul, writing to the Christian community at Rome reminded them that “hope that is seen is no hope at all” (Rom 8:24). Rather, hope is the patient and persevering expectation that God will bring forth good, even when there does not seem to be any visible evidence that this is actually happening.
Who are your heroes? Who is it that inspires you in the daily endeavors of your life? With the challenges that life presents, all of us stand in need of inspiration in order to face the tasks at hand and to remain faithful to our commitments. It seems that often we discover that inspiration in the memory of people - past and present-whom we think of as "heroic."
Believers or persons of faith should have little difficulty in seeing how their religious conviction affects and is affected by their daily life. Yet for many of us, our daily life is so busy and our world so noisy, that we have less time to reflect than we might like. Procrastination is our familiar companion. And good intentions - as the proverb reminds us - pave the road to hell! My personal reflection on the way faith and circumstances influence each other, is offered as a stimulus to your further reflection on your own faith odyssey.
All faith traditions have rituals and language surrounding those rituals that are important. Understandably there is great sensitivity to any changes in those rituals. On the First Sunday of Advent (27 November 2011), English speaking Roman Catholics will begin using a new English translation of the Roman Missal. In 1963 Vatican II affirmed that Latin was the official language of the Roman liturgy. At the same time it allowed the use of the vernacular. Because of the delicacy and difficulty of producing vernacular worship for the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Paul VI (d.
On Palm Sunday, the Sunday that begins Holy Week, and again on Good Friday, Catholic Christians read the passion narrative of Jesus - his arrest, trial, death, and burial. This year, as I pondered Luke's gospel, it struck me that we read all passion narratives only so far as Jesus' death and burial. Of course, it makes sense since Easter Sunday is still ahead of us, and we cannot go into celebratory mode too early. But, I thought it a bit odd to read only as far as the death and burial when we all know the end of the story.
One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the awakening of the Church to the need for social and cultural analysis in order to ground its teaching and ministry in human reality. Awareness dawned that human linguistic, symbolic, moral, political, and economic structures profoundly influence the way we think about God and interpret our spiritual callings. The development of the human sciences (i.e.
I am the oldest of five children. My siblings, their families, and I all remain active in the "practice" of our Catholic faith. Of my eleven cousins on my mother's side all but two also remain active in the "practice" of the Catholic faith. We are also all active members of our parish communities. How unusual is this in our world today? VERY.
Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian who recently announced that he would be launching an international movement to ban immigration from Muslim countries to the West. In April of 2009, Wilders delivered a speech in Florida in which he said:
This past week CTU welcomed more than one hundred new students to begin their studies and spiritual formation for a variety of ministries in the church. Some will become priests, some are religious sisters and brothers, and many will serve as lay ecclesial ministers. Some serve in pastoral ministries, some are hospital chaplains, others are youth ministers and teachers, to name only a few.