“Pope Francis launched a 2-year synodal path with a call to ‘encounter, listen, and discern. The two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 synod on synodality is to “look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say.”…Catholic News Agency
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Mary Mother of the Church
“Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with you blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus… Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen”
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word (Lk 1:38).
When Mary uttered these words, she opened herself to participate in the redemptive work for humanity. The Fathers of Vatican II Council taught: The motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven, she did not lay aside this saving office but, by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. https://ofm.org/blog/marys-intercession/By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 62)
By accepting her Son’s testament of love, she became … Read More
Morals and morality are familiar words in our daily talk. Morals as the acceptable ways of behaving; good, right, proper or acceptable.
Morality on the hand, more so, according to St. Paul is the work of something natural in man possibly the expression of innate knowledge of right and wrong. This is evident in his address to the people of Corinth. It involves notions such as rightness and wrongness, guilt and shame; the voluntary action that does not necessarily depend on factors external to the person, but on the person himself. We can conclude that morality is the moral institution of humanity.
Any individual brought up naturally with well-defined social instincts would inevitably acquire a moral sense. Ironically, some of whom are believed to have grown up in the normal and most natural and social paths portray the contrary behavior because natural ways are not enough without God’s graces and Spirit.
Today’s society is full of corruption and the society ignorantly tolerating and validating it, citizens deliberately electing leaders who are obviously known to be immoral and corrupt, spouses who cheat on their partners, domestic violence, spouses killing their partners so that they can … Read More
Christian Religious Commitment and Marital Satisfaction
Fr-In-Charge, Holy Family Basilica
Christian religious commitment entails translating of what one believes into practical life situations. This means that a believer is influenced by the Christian religious teachings and values to the extent that his/her thinking, attitude and behavior are strongly linked to the said religious teachings and values.
Marital satisfaction is a critical phenomenon in marriage as it tends to play a pivotal role in the success and fruition of any family institution. In recent times incidents of family violence, separations and divorces are increasing globally. Marriage trend is now shifting towards later marriages and early divorces.
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Articles 1423-1442 recognize confession as a process in the church where Christians confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by God through the administration of a Priest. In the words of Pope Francis, “Confessional is a place where people can find forgiveness and mercy, not threats and condemnation”. It is good to note that official Church publications usually refer to the sacrament as “Penance”, “Reconciliation” or “Penance and Reconciliation”, the laity continues to use the term “Confession” to refer to the Sacrament.
What the Sacrament of Penance offers
For the Catholic Church, this sacrament intends to provide healing for the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin. A perfect act of contrition, where penitence expresses sorrow for having offended God and not out of fear of eternal punishment, even outside of confession removes the eternal punishment associated with mortal sin, but a Catholic is obliged to confess his or her mortal sins at the earliest opportunity.
In theological terms, the priest acts in persona Christi (person Christ) and receives from the Church the power of jurisdiction over the penitent. Several theologians have quoted John. 20:22-23 as … Read More
Liturgy is public worship which the Catholic Church makes every effort to incorporate and involve our senses and our entire being into our act of worship.
In this article, I invite us to think about the importance and significance of some postures and gestures in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We are all very aware of our Catholic calisthenics which are a routine part of the Liturgy, namely sitting, standing, bowing, kneeling and silence at various times.
These postures serve an important purpose and reveal the importance of the action taking place. When we enter the church and make the sign of the cross; let it be a real sign of the cross. Instead of a small overcrowded gesture that gives no notion of its meaning, let us make a large unhurried sign, from forehead to breast, from shoulder to shoulder, consciously feeling how it includes the whole of us, our thoughts, our attitudes, our body and soul, every part of us at once, how it consecrates and sanctifies us. Upon entering and leaving the church, we face the Tabernacle where Jesus is reposed and genuflect.
A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, is a … Read More
At the general audience, the Pope speaks of the need for a true catechumenate, for “we play all our lives with love yet love can’t be played with” “We cannot talk of “preparation for marriage” with three or four parish classes”. The Pope said so at the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square: what is needed is true catechumenate, for “we play all our lives with love yet love can’t be played with”.“The call to married life thus requires a careful discernment of the quality of the relationship and a time of engagement to verify it. To enter the sacrament of marriage, engaged couples must mature the certainty that in their bond there is the hand of God, which precedes and accompanies them, and will allow them to say: “With the grace of Christ I promise to be faithful to you always”, the Argentine Pontiff said.
“They cannot promise fidelity “in joy and pain, in health and in sickness”, and to love and honour each other every day of their lives, only on the basis of goodwill or of the hope that “things will work out”. They need to be based on the solid ground of God’s faithful Love. “The … Read More