Today the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated Mass together in St. Peter’s Basilica, before entering the Sistine Chapel. There is a strong Catholic sense that all the important moments of life should be connected to Mass, and so it is almost taken for granted that the Conclave would begin with the celebration of [...]
Jesus ascended 40 days after Easter (Acts 1:3), which always falls on a Thursday. We usually transfer the celebration to the nearest Sunday. Then the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles on Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. Before ascending, Jesus invited the Apostles to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8). [...]
The first snowfall of the year is always something magical. I love to look out at the ordinary world that has been transfigured. Messy piles have disappeared, dirty things are covered over, and all the trees are clothed in white as if dressed for a wedding. I always feel that a new snowfall is a [...]
This morning Benedict XVI travelled by helicopter from the Apostolic Palace in Castelgandolfo to the Vatican for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
Continuing a series of catecheses on the subject of “the school of prayer”, the Holy Father turned his attention to Psalm 3 which recounts David’s flight from Jerusalem when Absalom [...]
In you haven’t already read Part 1, Why should I forgive?, I recommend taking five minutes to read it before beginning part two.
Jesus began His mission by preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Recognizing that not everything we have done is appropriate for the Kingdom of [...]
In a previous post I talked about family healing, and how the key elements to this healing are accepting the love of God and accepting our parents with all their shortcomings. When their conduct was very hurtful, the healing demands a real process of forgiveness. Forgiveness is difficult to understand and [...]
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