The Criminal Justice Working Group of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet works for reform of the current criminal justice system by advocating for policies that focus on rehabilition instead of retribution. October is Criminal Justice Month in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnneapolis and the group has observed it with talks and prayer.
Patrick and Mary Tschumper stood in the late afternoon glow at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis Oct. 14 hoping to fan into flame their faith. Positioned in a pew near the front, they lit candles and listened to Archbishop John Nienstedt kick off the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI with a vespers (evening prayer) service.
Our human way of thinking is not God’s way of thinking. Take our Gospel reading for Sunday: A young man approaches Jesus and asks him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life.”
We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the future. We look at our gifts and abilities, reflect on our experiences and try to think what is truly possible. In other words, we look at the present in order to understand what the future may hold — what our true potential may be.
To get at the spiritual root of something is to go back to its original reality — in this case, to discover the essence of stewardship. Catholic spirituality has real meaning in our lives and the lives of others because we connect to the source of that meaning, Jesus Christ and his church.
“Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They said in reply, ‘John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’”
Near the beginning of “Render Unto Caesar,” Archbishop Charles Chaput makes a claim that has remained strong in my mind in the years since I read it — a claim we hear echoed in the current teaching from the bishops of the United States, including our own faithful shepherd.
This Sunday’s first reading about Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs (9:1-6) opens our ears and minds to the meaning of Sunday’s Gospel.
St. John Vianney, whose feast day is Aug. 4, is also known as St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney and the Cure of Ars. He was born in 1786 in Lyons, France, into a devout Catholic family. It was a time of terrible upheaval. The French Revolution was under way, churches were being closed and priests were being killed.