Good steward

The Good Steward | Angels are evangelizers, guardians and good stewards

Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan. They protect Jesus in his infancy, serve Him in the desert, strengthen Him in His agony in the garden. Again, it is the angels who "evangelize" by proclaiming the Good News of Christ's Incarnation and Resurrection (Catechism of the Catholic Church #332).

We don't talk about angels as much as we should. If they exist, and we Catholics believe they do, then they are worth talking about.

Innocents are slaughtered again and again

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the Magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity 2 years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the Magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more" (Matthew 2:16-18).

Advent's three stages of longing brings hope

Bishop Robert F. Morneau, a pastor, poet and ardent Green Bay Packers' fan, writes in the December issue of Give Us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today's Catholic, "Advent celebrates God's multiple comings into our lives." The bishop identifies Advent's three stages: 1) Jesus' historic birth in Bethlehem; 2) His daily coming in the sacramental life of the Church; 3) the Lord's final coming in glory and majesty at the end of time.

The season of Advent celebrates all three "comings" by giving voice in prayer and in song to the spiritual desire, or longing, that precedes each stage.

The Good Steward | We are all called to be secret saints

On Nov. 1 we celebrated the Feast of All Saints -- not just the saints who've been officially recognized through the Church's very thorough process of canonization, but all the saints.

The Good Steward | Freedom ceases to exist without religious liberty

In an election year, it's more important than ever to remind ourselves that politics, law, government, economics and social policy can only go so far in the effort to transform the world. It is our duty as faithful citizens to work tirelessly to build a better society and to elect women and men who will lead us with honor, integrity and vision. But we dare not delude ourselves. Our salvation will not come from politics or economics. It can only come, as Pope Benedict XVI states, from "the Crucified Christ, the man in whom our suffering touches the heart of God and His everlasting love."

The Good Steward | The Year of Faith, celebrating what we do and what we believe

We'd like to believe that, by now, every Catholic throughout the world has heard that Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed the next 13 months (Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013) as The Year of Faith. We'd like to believe this, but that would be too great a "leap of faith." In spite of all the technological wonders of our modern age, it's often hard to get the word out about all the things that are important to our Catholic way of life.

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