Posted tagged ‘The Wisdom of the Church’

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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December 14, 2010

This week as you’re preparing to learn more about becoming a holy family, consider taking a little time to read Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Families.  Written in 1994, proclaimed the Year of the Family, this letter is full of encouragement and guidance for parents.  As papal documents go, this one is a pretty easy read and the opening paragraph sets the tone:

The celebration of the Year of the Family gives me a welcome opportunity to knock at the door of your home, eager to greet you with deep affection and to spend time with you.

Doesn’t it sound like he wants to sit in a comfy chair and have a cup of tea and a little chat with you?  Even if you don’t have time now, I highly recommend you put this document on your reading list.  All these years later I still treasure my dog-eared, highlighted copy.  It changed the way I see my work as a parent.  In fact, it was instrumental in my understanding of parenting as a vocation.

You can buy it in a neat little booklet form from any Catholic bookstore, or get it free from the Vatican’s web site.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for December, 2010

December 1, 2010

General Intention: for the experience of personal suffering as a help to others who suffer

That our personal experience of suffering may be an occasion for better understanding the situation of unease and pain which is the lot of many people who are alone, sick, or aged, and stir us all to give them generous help.

Missionary Intention: Opening our doors to Christ

That the peoples of the earth may open their doors to Christ and to His Gospel of peace, brotherhood and justice.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for November, 2010

November 1, 2010

General Intention: for drug addicts and victims of every form of dependence

That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change.

Missionary Intention: for the continent-wide mission in Latin America

That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God.

Reverent actions as prayer

October 18, 2010

The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2157


Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1378

The Holy Father’s Intentions for October, 2010

October 1, 2010

General Intention: for Catholic universities

That Catholic Universities may more and more be places where, in the light of the Gospel, it is possible to experience the harmonious unity existing between faith and reason.

Missionary Intention: for World Mission Day

That the World Mission Day may afford an occasion for understanding that the task of proclaiming Christ is an absolutely necessary service to which the Church is called for the benefit of humanity.

Primary and Principal Educators

September 19, 2010

Papal Keys Icon“Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.”

-Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education), 3

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for September, 2010

September 1, 2010

General Intention: The Word of God as a sign of social development

That in less developed parts of the world the proclamation of the Word of God may renew people’s hearts, encouraging them to work actively toward authentic social progress.

Missionary Intention: for the end of war

That by opening our hearts to love we may put an end to the numerous wars and conflicts which continue to bloody our world.

Our Mission of Building Up the Church

August 15, 2010

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A vivid and attentive awareness of the mission that they have received with the sacrament of marriage will help Christian parents to place themselves at the service of their children’s education with great serenity and trustfulness , and also with a sense of responsibility before God, who calls them and gives them the mission of building up the Church in their children. Thus in the case of baptized people, the family, called together by word and sacrament as the Church of the home, is both teacher and mother, the same as the worldwide Church.”

-Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), 38

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for August, 2010

August 1, 2010

General Intention: for the unemployed and homeless

That those who are without work or homes or are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties.

Missionary Intention: for victims of discrimination, hunger and forced emigration

That the church may be a “home” for all people, ready to open its doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger, or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries.


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