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?
The more time I spend around both the youth and the elderly the more heartbroken I become realizing that many of these people feel they have no place in the Church. I have often found that these two groups of people frequently feel alienated from the Church. They have a mistaken notion that the Church… Continue reading A Church For All Ages
Today we seem to live in a world that puts too much emphasis on our thoughts, feelings and desires. Personally I want to rise above my own thoughts, feelings and desires which are prone to mistakes and live in conformity with the truth. Where then can I turn to be sure I am living in… Continue reading When my Conscience Conflicts with the Teachings of the Church.