Jesus Christ

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ heals our inconsistent and fickle hearts that long for relief

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

A new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent, and the readings help us get in touch with our collective cry of lament and frustration. We're frustrated because of our repeated failures to live up to the desires for the infinite put into our hearts by God.

Beneath it is a weariness with our fickle and undependable efforts to live up to God's expectations. However, good news comes in the form of our need for a Savior to rescue us. The shortcomings, failures and sins confirm our realization that we need loving help from above.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Imitate Jesus in reaching the margins

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, who is vice president of USCCB, distributed Communion during the closing Mass July 4 at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the Church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

Dear Father | At the crucifixion, Jesus unites with those who feel God is absent from their lives

Father John Mayo

Q: What did Jesus really mean when from the cross He said, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

BEFORE THE CROSS | Prepare your heart by visiting the Lord’s dwelling place

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Let it be done for you according to your faith" (Matthew 9:29).

When Jesus heals two blind men, He said this to them. If Jesus said that to us, would anything happen?

POPE’S MESSAGE | Water to wine: Jesus ushers in new covenant of joy

Pope Francis posed with migrants at his general audience June 8 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 8. The pope dedicated his catechesis talk to the first of Jesus’ miracles, the wedding feast at Cana.

VATICAN CITY — Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine expresses His invitation to share in the joy of the new covenant and reminds people to do as He commands, Pope Francis said.

The miracle also shows how He transformed the law of Moses — represented by water destined for ritual purification — into the joy of the Gospel, which is represented by wine, he said.

"A feast needs to have wine" as an integral part of shared celebration, the pope said June 8 at his weekly general audience.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | All creation issues forth from the Trinity

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On May 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and the readings shed light on this, the greatest of divine mysteries.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (234) states: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity 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. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith.'"

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