Church teaching articles and columns

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May 18, 2006

Biblical faith and love

The reflection on human love thus far leads Pope Benedict XVI to conclude that love "is a single reality, but with different dimensions" (Deus Caritas Est [God is love] n. 8).The two dimensions of love, human love or eros and divine love or agape, are both real.At times, one or another dimension may appear more strongly. They are, however, dimensions of one and the same reality.If they are not related to each oth...

May 11, 2006

Unity of body and soul in love

Discussing the purification of human love through our participation in divine love, Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical "God is Love" addresses a seeming tension between the body and the soul.We are easily and superficially tempted to view the body and the soul as opposed to one another.In such a view, human love is falsely seen in one of two ways.It is either viewed as unworthy of our spiritual nature, a...

May 4, 2006

The many senses of love

The first of the two parts of Pope Benedict XVI...

April 26, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI...

April 20, 2006

Dynamism of Our Life in Christ

Throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season, we hear the accounts of the appearances of our Risen Lord to the Apostles and other disciples. In all of the accounts, there is a single message: By His Dying and Rising, Christ has gone ahead of us and, by His outpouring of the Holy Spirit, He meets us in the Church.He is our faithful companion along the pilgrimage of our passing earthly life and He waits to we...

April 13, 2006

Power in abandonment to Divine Mercy

The cry of our Lord as He was dying on the Cross expressed His abiding trust in God the Father...

April 8, 2006

Lenten Prayer and Almsgiving

Christ...

March 30, 2006

Lenten prayer and fasting

Christ entered into the desert for 40 days to pray and fast.So, too, the heart of our Lenten observance is prayer and fasting.We may ask what connection prayer has with fasting.In fact, the two are inseparable.

The closer we draw to our Lord Jesus in prayer, the more His life becomes the measure of our daily living. When the light of Christ shines within our souls, we naturally restrain our use of materi...

March 23, 2006

Lenten Prayer and Devotions

Prayer, the heart of our Lenten observance, includes the devotional life. By the devotional life, I mean the customary ways in which we deepen our knowledge and love of Christ, above all, as He gives Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist. The devotional life takes on a special significance in carrying out the work of the new evangelization, to which our Lenten observance is directed.

The new evangelizati...

March 16, 2006

Lenten prayer and the Holy Eucharist

The new evangelization, for which our Lenten observance renews and strengthens us, is, first of all, a work of prayer.Prayer draws us to Christ, to His pierced Heart, from which we, in turn, draw the inspiration and courage to live in Christ in a culture which has grown forgetful of Him or has never known Him.Without prayer, our work of the new evangelization will utterly fail, for we cannot bring Ch...

March 9, 2006

The Sermon on the Mount and our Lenten observance

After our Lord had spent 40 days in the desert, fasting and praying, He began His public ministry.He called the Apostles, and then presented the summary of His teaching to the many who had gathered to hear Him.We refer to His teaching on that occasion as the Sermon on the Mount.It is the point of reference for our Christian living throughout a lifetime.

At the conclusion of the fi...

March 1, 2006

Christ the Good Shepherd

We have entered the season of Lent with Christ our Good Shepherd.Even as our Lord Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and pray in preparation for His public ministry of evangelization, so also He leads us, each year, to devote the 40 days of Lent to more intense prayer, fasting and almsgiving.Through the 40 days of Lent, we purify and strengthen the discipline of our daily lives so that we may more ef...

February 23, 2006

Desert and evangelization

When Christ began His public ministry of announcing the Kingdom, His ministry of evangelization, He immediately journeyed into the desert for 40 days, to fast andpray (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).By so doing, He gave us an example of how we, too, must prepare ourselves for the challenge of the new evangelization, of living the Gospel day by day, of meeting the "high standard of ordinary Christian...

February 16, 2006

Death of Mother Mary Francis

On Feb. 11, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother Mary Francis, PCC, died in the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Roswell, N.M.Born on Feb. 14, 1921, in St. Louis, to John and Anne Maher Aschmann, she would have celebrated her 85th birthday on this past St. Valentine...

February 9, 2006

Consecrated life and the new evangelization

In carrying out the work of the new evangelization, Pope John Paul II gave special attention to the various vocations in life: the vocations of the laity to the married life or the dedicated single life; the vocation to the consecrated life in its many forms; and the vocations to the permanent diaconate and to the priesthood.In calling us to follow Christ with new enthusiasm and new energy, he...

February 2, 2006

Pope John Paul II and Vocations Today

Since the death of Pope John Paul II, two young men have met with me to discuss a priestly vocation.Both are a little older...

January 26, 2006

Handing on the Truth

Next week, the Church throughout our nation will celebrate the great gift of Catholic schools.From the first planting of the Catholic Church on American soil, the faithful have been keenly aware of the importance of handing on carefully and completely the truth of the faith to their children.First of all, the native Americans were non-Christians.Then, as the nation grew, Catholics formed neighborhoods with people of...

January 19, 2006

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