The word liturgy is often used by Catholics as synonymous with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. While all of liturgy culminates in the Mass, the Mass is not the whole of liturgy. The word liturgy can signify a variety of other services as well. Liturgy at its root means an obligation… Continue reading What is Liturgy?
A little while ago a Baptist Chaplin asked if we as Catholics believe that Jesus had two sisters. While I had heard many arguments that Jesus had brothers and sisters from various Protestants I had never heard someone say Jesus had two sisters. These discussions about Jesus’ brothers and sisters are very interesting, but… Continue reading A Belief in the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Does Not Contradict the Text of the Bible
Our Lord, in his last seven sayings provides a deep wellspring for our meditation. He lays out for us a deep insight into the 7 sacraments. When meditated on individually and then together as a whole they provide us with an opportunity to hear Christ speaking to us, to hear Him encouraging and showing us… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: Conclusion
Our Lord in his last saying “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” speaks of the focal point of marriage. The vows made in marriage are the complete giving over of oneself to the other in complete trust and faithfulness. Without free consent there is no marriage. Marriage requires the free giving of the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Into thy Hands.”
Our Lord continues His teaching on marriage with His saying “I am thirsty.” On a physical level a natural satiation is fulfilled in marriage. A purely natural sexual desire is consecrated through marriage and raised to the level of a sacred act. Out of this sacred act Christ blesses the couple by allowing them the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “I am Thristy.”
This was a Lenten Reflection Adapted from Spiritual Theology By Jordan Auman O.P. As we walk the path of Calvary through praying the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, I cannot help but stop and remind myself that it was not only the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden that sentenced… Continue reading The Battle Plan of the Devil: Knowing the Devil’s Tactics & How to Defend Oneself: A Lenten Reflection
In an era where many priests have left the priesthood, either by their own choice or as a result of grave misconduct, many in the Church are left searching for a true priestly identity. As seminaries continue to see an increase in enrollment more and more emphasis is rightly being placed on the proper… Continue reading A Papal View of Priestly Identity Explored Through 1 Peter 5: 1-4 and Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis