god's word

POPE’S MESSAGE | People have right to receive God’s word, so preach it well

Pope Francis greeted the crowd during his general audience Feb. 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Everyone who attends Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read and explained with "fervor," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 14.

The pope continued his series of audience talks on the Mass, underlining the importance of receiving "abundantly from the treasury of God's word" present in the Mass readings and the homily.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus confronts our sinful ways with God’s new creation

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Even with the fullness of the Holy Spirit, we can't grasp the depths of God's revealed Word or the mysteries offered. At best, we merely glimpse how glorious is the life promised by God's Word.

The first reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is an excellent example. As great as was the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt or the destruction of Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea or the preservation of the Israelites in the desert for 40 years, none compare to what God has in store for us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | This Lent, wake to the challenge of God's Word

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Welcome to the growing season of the Church's liturgical year. Other seasons have their beauty, but Lent challenges us to take more seriously our life with Christ and open our hearts to His transforming power. This means allowing Christ to challenge us in the depths of our being. There are places deep within us that need His special attention. This Lent, He will challenge the areas that are crying out to God for freedom and deliverance -- a challenge to wake to the transforming power of His word.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Follow the saints in proclaiming God’s word

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the Respect Life Apostolate’s Annual Memorial Mass and Prayer Vigil at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Ken Sanders, center in dark suit, took part in the rose procession that was part of the annual Mass. Sanders was adopted by a single mother and came to St. Louis from China to start a new life.

One of the great themes of the readings this week is proclamation. Psalm 117 tells us: "Go out to all the world and tell the Good News." Jesus says: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16). The feast days celebrated this week echo that proclamation theme. We celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, perhaps the greatest missionary ever. We celebrate the Feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus, who shared in Paul's missionary work. We celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas, who proclaimed Christ in precise theological terms.

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