pastoral letter

Our Joyful encounter with the Lord

(Introduction, published Oct. 23, 2017. Scroll down to find section 1, published Dec. 18, 2017; section 2, published Feb. 12, 2018; and section 3, published April 2, 2018.)

 

 


 

 

 

Something has to change. Everyday, our news is full of stories of hatred, violence and a clearly divided nation. It's easy to look around at everything that's wrong in the world and not know where to begin. Let me suggest that we begin with the one thing most in our control: us.

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Cdl. Wuerl’s plan strengthens outreach to married couples

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl has called on all parishes and individual Catholics in the Washington Archdiocese to help expand and strengthen the Catholic Church's marriage and family outreach, guided by Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love.")

He was joined at a Mass March 4 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle by families from throughout the archdiocese for the release of his broad and detailed pastoral plan for implementing "Amoris Laetitia" at the parish level.

Editorial | Living the joy of the Gospel

In the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis wrote that "an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come from a funeral!"

Likewise, he has frequently admonished priests "not to look so glum" after or while celebrating Mass. And he reminds priests that "the confessional must not be a torture chamber."

Editorial | Here's the score: heaven 1, hell 0

It's right there on the page-one masthead of this newspaper: "The Archdiocese of St. Louis -- Helping you get to heaven."

Proof of that help is Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's new pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, "Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician." A perfect fit for Lenten reflection, the pastoral letter points out that sin means something is deeply wounded in us and we have weakened or ruptured our relationship with God. In the Sacrament of Penance, God's desire to heal us meets our desire to be healed.

Archbishop Carlson's pastoral letter 'Jesus Christ the Divine Physician' focuses on confession

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's new pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, "Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician" is available just in time for Lent.Archbishop Carlson points out that sin means something is deeply wounded in us and we have weakened or ruptured our relationship with God. The Sacrament of Penance is where God's desire to heal us meets our desire to be healed, he adds.

Elements of spiritual formation

Prayer

Archbishop Carlson says that one of the essential elements of a serious spiritual formation process is prayer.

To achieve a deep level of prayer, the archbishop recommends praying consistently through a solid routine. For those new or seeking to renew their prayer lives, a recommended start is praying five minutes in the morning or at the end of the day. Build slowly upon that routine over time.

"Don't start with an hour, because you'll never achieve it," he said.

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