Posted tagged ‘The Wisdom of the Church’

The Joy of the Gospel!

November 26, 2013

Pope Francis has officially presented his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel), at a press conference in Rome.  The Exhortation marks the end of the Year of Faith celebrated by Catholics around the world, and was presented to a bishop, a priest and a deacon in St Peter’s Square by the Pope on Sunday.  It aims to encourage believers to “embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation marked by joy”, and presents a vision for the life of the Church in the future.

In the document, Pope Francis declares that all Catholics are called to proclaim the Gospel and to see the responsibility to evangelise as their own.  He reminds the faithful that “the word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him ‘to go forth’”.

Source for the article quoted above.

Source for the announcement from the Vatican News Service

And, of course, source for the document so you can read it for yourself!

Pope Francis: homily at Mass for Catechists

September 29, 2013

This morning, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s square to mark the International Day for Catechists.  I think his words about passing on our personal memory of God’s history with each of us are such a beautiful description of what a catechist (and parent-catechist) does, that I wanted to share this section with you:

So, as I look out at you, I think: Who are catechists? They are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others. This is something beautiful: to remember God, like the Virgin Mary, who sees God’s wondrous works in her life but doesn’t think about honour, prestige or wealth; she doesn’t become self-absorbed. Instead, after receiving the message of the angel and conceiving the Son of God, what does she do? She sets out, she goes to assist her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. And the first thing she does upon meeting Elizabeth is to recall God’s work, God’s fidelity, in her own life, in the history of her people, in our history: “My soul magnifies the Lord … For he has looked on the lowliness of his servant … His mercy is from generation to generation” (Lk 1:46, 48, 50). This canticle of Mary also contains the remembrance of her personal history, God’s history with her, her own experience of faith. And this is true too for each one of us and for every Christian: faith contains our own memory of God’s history with us, the memory of our encountering God who always takes the first step, who creates, saves and transforms us. Faith is remembrance of his word which warms our heart, and of his saving work which gives life, purifies us, cares for and nourishes us. A catechist is a Christian who puts this remembrance at the service of proclamation, not to be important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about his love and his fidelity.

Emphasis mine.  Read the entire homily here.

How a Pope is elected

February 19, 2013

We don’t often link to outside sources, but this is such an outstanding visual that I know you’ll want to watch it!  Actually, watch it once yourself, and then gather all your family around to watch it again.  (And then pass it on!)

cardinals

Be like a little Upper Room

January 11, 2013

Mary Upper RoomEveryone knows that the Christian family is a special sign of the presence and love of Christ and that it is called to give a specific and irreplaceable contribution to evangelization. … The Christian family has always been the first way of transmitting the faith and still today retains great possibilities for evangelization in many areas. Dear parents, commit yourselves always to teach your children to pray, and pray with them; draw them close to the Sacraments, especially to the Eucharist, … introduce them to the life of the Church; in the intimacy of the home do not be afraid to read the sacred Scriptures, illuminating family life with the light of faith and praising God as Father. Be like a little Upper Room, like that of Mary and the disciples, in which to live unity, communion and prayer!

Pope Benedict XVI

 

 

A great chain of believers

November 5, 2012

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

166     Faith is a personal act — the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith.

Good to remember in family life, but also in these last few hours before the election.  Wherever you are in your faith life, keep growing and then share it with others!

From the Holy Father

July 29, 2012

I just read the Holy Father’s address to the bishops of the USA (from May) and thought you’d be interested in a few things he told them:

It is no exaggeration to say that providing young people with a sound education in the faith represents the most urgent internal challenge facing the Catholic community in your country. The deposit of faith is a priceless treasure which each generation must pass on to the next by winning hearts to Jesus Christ and shaping minds in the knowledge, understanding and love of his Church. It is gratifying to realize that, in our day too, the Christian vision, presented in its breadth and integrity, proves immensely appealing to the imagination, idealism and aspirations of the young, who have a right to encounter the faith in all its beauty, its intellectual richness and its radical demands.

First, as we know, the essential task of authentic education at every level is not simply that of passing on knowledge, essential as this is, but also of shaping hearts. There is a constant need to balance intellectual rigor in communicating effectively, attractively and integrally, the richness of the Church’s faith with forming the young in the love of God, the praxis of the Christian moral and sacramental life and, not least, the cultivation of personal and liturgical prayer.

A tiny primer on Revelation

May 18, 2012

(to go with this week’s lesson on Marian Apparitions)

Revelation (reh-vuh-LAY-shun):  

  • VERB: God’s activity in making Himself and His purposes known to humankind through Christ, the prophet, and the Apostles.
  • NOUN: The content of the Faith that is communicated and handed on.
  • God reveals to human beings His intention to draw them into union with Him.  In the course of doing so, He discloses the mystery of His own inner Trinitarian life and the true destiny of human beings.  With revelation, therefore, comes a body of knowledge otherwise inaccessible to human discovery.
  • Known as Divine Revelation or Public Revelation, it must be accepted with the assent of faith as part of the Deposit of Faith.

Deposit of Faith:

  • The body of saving truth, entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and handed on by them to the Church to be preserved and proclaimed.
  • It embraces the whole of Christ’s teachings as embodied in Revelation and Tradition.
  • This Revelation was complete with the death of the last Apostle and cannot be added to.
  • However, it is like an inexhaustible treasure, one that consistently rewards reflection and study with new insights and deeper penetration.
  • The teaching is a divine trust, something not to be tampered with, altered, or devalued.
  • The Church sees herself as a trustee to this Deposit, preserving the living tradition with fidelity while making sure its efficacy and richness are undiminished.

Private Revelation:

  • Private revelation stems from apparitions or locutions that, although approved by Church authority as “worthy of belief,” do not require the acceptance of the faithful.
  • The content of such revelations may never be in contradiction to public revelation, which is found in the Sacred Scriptures and in Sacred Tradition.
Hat tip to the Catholic Dictionary, Stravinskas, which I highly recommend you have on your bookshelf!

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for February, 2012

February 1, 2012

General Intention: Access to Water.
That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life.

Missionary Intention: Health Workers.
That the Lord may sustain the efforts of health workers assisting the sick and elderly in the world’s poorest regions.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father for this month.  Amen.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for January, 2012

January 2, 2012

General Intention: Victims of Natural Disasters.
That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.

Missionary Intention: Dedication to Peace.
That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ before all men and women of good will.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father for this month.  Amen.

The school of the Gospel

December 19, 2010

The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin to understand the life of Jesus – the school of the Gospel. First, then, a lesson of silence. May esteem for silence, that admirable and indispensable condition of mind, revive in us. . . A lesson on family life. May Nazareth teach us what family life is, its communion of love, its austere and simple beauty, and its sacred and inviolable character.

Pope Paul VI


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