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We don’t like waiting for anything — for traffic lights, for weight loss or even commercials that interrupt our favorite shows.
This contemporary abhorrence of waiting stands in stark contrast to Mary. Her graceful patience is something to consider, especially as Catholics begin the prayerful preparation of Advent.
Q. At Mass recently, after listening intently to the words of consecration, our 4-year-old granddaughter whispered to my wife, “Is wine really blood?” How would you answer her question? Also, would your answer be different for a 7-year-old, a teenager or an adult taking RCIA classes?
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is one feast in which we recognize the grand majesty of Jesus. This feast helps deepen our understanding of who Jesus is.
All of us have once again found ourselves in stunned shock and grief at the terrible terrorist attacks that happened Nov. 13 in Paris. We have been scandalized now for months by ISIS’ senseless acts of violence, which has most often been directed against our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. So many have been driven from their homes, and some of them brutally murdered because they refused to give up their faith. What are we to do in the face of such incredible evil?
A petición de Nuestro Santo Padre Francisco la Iglesia universal está a punto de embarcarse en un año de Misericordia. Como cada año jubilar será una gran oportunidad de gracia para nosotros entrar en una experiencia más profunda del amor de Dios. Como ha dicho el Papa Francisco, “ Es mi deseo, en efecto, que el Jubileo sea experiencia viva de la cercanía del Padre, como si se quisiese tocar con la mano su ternura, para que se fortalezca la fe de cada creyente y, así, el testimonio sea cada vez más eficaz.”
Good stewardship in challenging times
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Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding and utterly fascinating book of Daniel. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the book of Daniel had an extraordinarily powerful influence on the first Christians, providing them a most important template for understanding the significance of Jesus. Daniel is, of course, an example of apocalyptic literature, which in the common understanding means that it has to do with the end of the world.