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.
An ideal feminism incorporates the virtue of humility. It’s saying we all have something valuable to offer whether male or female but neither of us have everything, therefore we respect our differences and build each up. We need each other (Genesis 1:26-28).
One of the strangest events recorded in scripture is the War of the Angels where St. Michael and his angels do battle against Satan and his angels. Satan – the dragon, the great serpent of old – who loses the conflict is thrown from heaven with his followers. John has a vision of this event in Revelation 12. Jesus seems to have witnessed it, too. He tells his disciples, “I saw Satan fall like lightning.” Other than the outcome, we know little of this terrible conflict. Angels don’t fight as we do with spears or guns. We often think of St. Michael as a warrior in armor, ready to slay a literal dragon. But this is only a helpful image because the reality is probably impossible to grasp.
Pope St. Gregory the Great distinguishes between angels and archangels: "Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels." The Catechism explains: "From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. 'Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.' Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God" (No. 336).
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