This joining of two into one flesh in the sacrament of marriage requires a giving up of things for the harmony of the marriage. Our Lord expresses this in His saying “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” A fruitful marriage requires the forsaking of things for the union of the two fleshes.… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “My God, My God”
In recent months I have seen an increased interest in the supposed Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. I have shied away from these apparitions on the advice of a prelate who recommended that out of prudence I should develop devotions to approved Marian apparitions and wait to see about Medjugorje. Marian apparitions are reports… Continue reading Let’s Be Skeptical About Medjugorje
We hear in the second of the last 7 words of Jesus “I promise thee, this day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” In marriage the two become one flesh uniting themselves to aid each other towards entrance into eternal life. When husband and wife unite themselves as one in the sacrament of marriage… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise.”
The word conscience is frequently thrown around by Catholics in discussions about morality, yet very few Catholics actually have a proper understanding of what a conscience is and one’s obligation towards it. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines conscience as “a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of… Continue reading Aren’t I Supposed to Follow my Conscience?
Our Lord begins His final discourse with “Father, forgive them; they do not know what it is they are doing.” It goes without saying that a fruitful marriage requires frequent forgiveness. Just as our Lord forgave those who put Him to death, spouses must be willing to forgive each other. While all Christians must be… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Father Forgive Them.”
As we enter into the first week of Lent we will begin by looking at the third saying of Christ on the Cross “woman behold your son. (Son) behold your mother” because tradition ascribes this saying to the sacrament of marriage. On a most basic level, in this saying Christ gives the Blessed Mother to the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ” “Women Behold your Son.”
As we read the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion we cannot help but pause and reflect when we read our Lord’s last 7 words or phrases. Tradition has ascribed to each of these 7 sayings a correspondence to 1 of the 7 sacraments. How beautiful it is that Christ spoke to the 7 sacraments, as… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: Introduction.
One of the highlights of my week is having the privilege as an instituted acolyte, the ordinary extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, to distribute the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord. This privilege leaves me in awe and in great gratitude. Since being assigned to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which attracts… Continue reading How do you approach Holy Communion?