Faith Alive

By: Genevieve L. Mougey (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Lent. Food. Sacrifice. 40 days. Hunger.

 

These are all words we encounter in our conversations around this liturgical season. The act and ability to participate in Lent shifts dramatically over the course of a person’s lifetime.
From being “forced” by parents to give something up to the moment when a person chooses what to do without, Lent encourages seeking a deeper dynamism in life, to seek a fuller and deeper relationship with Christ. We embrace a call to great participation in the world around us, while still remembering we are Christ’s.

 

By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily. The homily can be a source of inspiration or it can be a stumbling block for many in the assembly. For the one who prepares and delivers it, it may be a unique opportunity for strengthening the call to discipleship.

 

By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

Do I know what I truly believe? I hope so. For what people believe shapes their thinking and decisions, especially in key, consequential moments.

 

Were my beliefs different, I might “invest” myself differently than I do in the people and world around me. So I need to know what beliefs I aim to live by.

 

The question’s answer is essential to achieving the self-understanding that makes life go better.

 

I need to know who I am, and we need to know who we are. Shared beliefs create bonds among people, enabling them to act together in vital ways.

By: Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

I began my service as a lector in 1965 when I was 12 years old. Only a few months before (on Nov. 29, 1964), Masses were celebrated in English for the first time in the United States. So, you could say that I got my start on the ground floor.

 

By: Julianne Stanz (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

Catholics have often been falsely accused of not being regularly exposed to the Scriptures. While it has been true in the past that sprinkling conversation with the Scriptures has typically not been a part of Catholic culture, this has certainly changed over the years.

 

What many people do not realize, however, is that Catholics are deeply saturated in the word of God every time they attend Mass. Readings from Scripture are a sizeable part of every Mass.

 

By: Mike Nelson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist comprise the lengthiest components of the Mass.
 
But neither can be fully effective — that is, capable of achieving full, conscious and active participation called for in “Sacrosanctum Concilium,” the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy — without a proper celebration of what precedes them.
 
By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
With so much of our lives concentrated on work, personal and family responsibilities, and the inevitable detours to our carefully planned calendars, the arrival of Sunday Mass can sometimes find us breathless and far from spiritually or otherwise prepared to deeply participate in the liturgy.
 
By: Joseph F. Kelly (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
The arrival of the Magi may be the most famous part of Matthew’s infancy narrative.
 
What are some little-known elements in both scriptural and traditional accounts of the Magi?
 
They were three kings, right? Not so. Matthew says only “Magi,” but since they brought three gifts, many Christians thought that meant there were three of them. Magi were priests of the Persian religion, so they were men of high stature but definitely not kings, part of the account piously augmented in later centuries.
 
By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19

The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them.

 

By: Father Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18

As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ's coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty.

 

The most concrete experience for many of us is a preparation for the Christmas season. This is when we celebrate and re-encounter the truth that Christ has come in history. We remember that the Messiah has come into our world and that salvation has been won.

 

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