Hobart Catholics witnessed a religious woman’s first profession of vows for the first time in nearly 50 years last month.Sr Mary Michael of the Cross, formerly Simone Smith of Springwood in the Blue Mountains, made her first profession as a Sister of the Immaculata on September 14 in Hobart.
The only thing that makes a story worth telling is the underlying and fundamental certainty that life is worth living.
Pope St. John Paul II was an extraordinary man. He traveled to more countries than any other pope. He helped bring communism to its knees. He was shot and lived to tell about it. He suffered a debilitating disease heroically. He inspired millions around the globe to pursue Jesus Christ and strive for holiness. And much, much more.
When Shanti told me that her first four children had all passed away when they were between 6 – 12 months old, I was stunned. What do you even say to that? How can you possibly continue the conversation from that point on?
The “Catholic Church hates gay people” is a misconception floating around society. I’m sure Catholics have heard it many times. I don’t know about you, but I always wonder why people believe this misconception. My guess? Many Catholic individuals don’t know how to properly express love. When the Church’s individuals fail to express love, the Church loses its identity.
On 8 October 2013, Pope Francis convoked the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.
This is a great youth ministry resource with a list of many Christian prayers for you to adapt for your retreats or youth meetings.
Much can be said (and has been said) about the incident last month in which explicit pictures of multiple celebrities were hacked and leaked online. This week, Jennifer Lawrence — one of the victims of this crime — made her first official response to the incident in an interview for Vanity Fair. An article on MTV News, relates Jennifer as saying:
After I decided on college, I looked into their campus ministry extensively (perhaps obsessively). I couldn’t have been more eager to get involved. But then I got here, and doubts hit me like a freight train. Everyone seemed to have it all figured out… everyone but me. I began questioning my entire career path (about five times a day), and I felt like I couldn’t keep up academically since there was now a much higher standard. I didn’t know anyone, and no one knew me. I found myself grasping for an identity.
“Do you want to be a priest” isn’t just a question that was asked because I was woman studying theology. I think it comes from a deeper place, I think people are genuinely curious why the Catholic Church teaches that the priesthood is reserved to men. And let’s be honest, some people aren’t just curious about it, they are angry about it.
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