Faith Alive

By: Helen Alvare (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” 50 years on, is how reports of its imminent death were continually exaggerated. Very few brave souls would have predicted in 1968 that the document would ever enjoy enthusiastic support from more than a few female Catholic intellectuals and the Catholic “woman in the pew,” even while it remains contested both in the Church and in the world.

 

By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

“Don’t take a vacation from your vocation!”

 

By: Brett C. Hoover (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In Dallas, a speaker at a Catholic ministry conference asks the assembled crowd how many people attend parishes with Mass in more than one language.

 

Almost the entire room raises their hands. In the early 21st century, this is a snapshot of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

 

By: David Gibson
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

“The sound of the word ‘heartless’” is nothing less than “horrible,” in Benedictine Father Benoit Standaert’s view.

 

There is a striking difference between living “with or without heart.” It “is as great as the difference between heaven and hell, life and death, light and dark,” the Belgian priest asserts.

 

It is vital, he suggests in “Spirituality, an Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices,” that the key to unlocking the heart be found.

 

By: Paul Senz (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.  

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

 

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala visited the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid after he died on the cross. 

 

But Jesus’ body was gone. 

 

Mary rushed to tell Peter, who ran to the tomb with another apostle. All they saw inside was Jesus’ burial cloths. 

 

Peter and the other apostle went home while Mary stayed behind to weep. 

 

As she was crying, she looked in the tomb and saw two angels. They wanted to know why she was so upset. 

 

By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the church’s energies to a new evangelization.”

 

By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

The Palm Sunday cry of Christians, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” was heard many centuries ago in Jerusalem’s streets. It still is heard today.

 

The words of this cry are so familiar that their meaning risks being overlooked or taken for granted. They hold a great challenge, however.

 

Let’s visit the writing of Etheria, a woman from Galicia, a Spanish province, who traveled to the Holy Land in the fourth century. Her word images of Christian life in Jerusalem became an invaluable tool for future historians.

 

By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr.(CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

When I was in college, a classmate posted on Ash Wednesday that she was giving up Facebook for Lent. Thursday, she joined Twitter. Funny? Yes. Inconceivable? No.

 

This begs the question, What was she hoping to get out of giving up Facebook for Lent?

 

By: Mike Nelson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that’s part of the draw for some people, who fill their parish churches for Ash Wednesday liturgies as they rarely do at any other time.

 

“Yes, we get big turnouts for Ash Wednesday,” says Father Dan Rupp, pastor of Mater Dei Church in Sioux City, Iowa. “It seems like many of these folks are people who also come for the blessing of the throats, or anytime there is something different going on than at most Sunday liturgies.”

 

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