An Advent plan for a non-people person...
To high-energy, sanguine, chipper citizens who like to step in and improve other people’s lives, the ever-earlier onset of the “Christmas” season is a gift from the baby Jesus. Now they can start before Thanksgiving to make up the lists of “improving” presents they will shower on friends and family: that diet book “you simply have to try...
One timely encounter! Guadalupe, Francis, and our urgent mission...
Encounter is the door into the deepest reality of our lives, where we exercise our truest freedom. We exercise this freedom in union with the Trinity, participating in the love the Father has for the Son and the Holy Spirit, the love that he has for us in creating us and providing for us.
Time has named Francis 'Person of the Year', but they are watching closely to make sure he lives up to their expectations...
Time's magisterial cover story, as readers would expect, covers a tremendous amount of ground as it moves from the pope’s roots in the slums and decaying power structures of Argentina to the often troubled halls of power inside the Vatican.
Francis is the third pope to be named Time's 'Person of the Year', following John XXIII and John Paul II...
It's been clear for a while that this has been a time unlike any we'll ever see again... and accordingly, whatta capper – the 266th Bishop of Rome has been named as TIME's 2013 Person of the Year, Papa Bergoglio's "humility" and "compassion" in the Shoes of the Fisherman cited as the rationale for the choice.
The "ugly" side of Nebraska Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini...
When Bo Pelini dropped a handful of f-bombs in a private setting two years ago (which happened to be recorded, and then happened to be released to the public recently), he put himself in a bad situation. He apologized, as he should have. When asked about his sideline demeanor on ESPN First Take...
We live in a brutal and utilitarian age, which is all the more reason to build beautiful churches...
G.K. Chesterton said ‘Every argument is a theological argument’, and the modern churches clearly reflect the beliefs of their builders. First, the builders and their buildings are fundamentally utilitarian. Driven by the unquestioned modernist dogma that, “Form follows function” they have designed not churches, but auditoria.
A deeper look at my journey home to the Catholic Church...
Becoming Catholic was never my dream or intent. It is still an all too vivid memory to me, sitting alone at age 40 in a half-lit basement, having resigned from the pastorate. I ached for having abandoned the weekly privilege of a pulpit from which to proclaim God’s truth. Would I ever have this privilege again? Will I ever again have a pulpit?
Msgr. Mike Sis, the man who turned Texas A&M into a Catholic powerhouse, is about to become a bishop...
As the saying goes, we stand on the shoulders of giants. If there are any giants in the history of St. Mary's Catholic Center, then Msgr. Mike Sis is certainly one of them. Today he was named Bishop of San Angelo, by Pope Francis. As Rocco Palmo told me this morning on the phone, "Francis came to Aggieland". Fr.
"By this, all men will know that you are my disciples"
As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next two weeks as we patiently await the arrival of Jesus to show our co-workers, friends, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love in our hearts. As we prepare ourselves, what are we doing to help others?
Whatever became of Advent fasting and penance?
I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used in advent is akin to its use in Lent, in that both are considered penitential seasons. Hence we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally Advent was a time we would, like Lent take part in penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence.
An Examination of Conscience for the Internet...
"Since it is Advent, and since this is a time for penitence and penance, and since John the Baptist just called us last Sunday to “Repent!,” I thought it worthwhile to reconsider how a lot of us spend our time here on the digital continent. Over the weekend, Pope Francis called on the faithful to use the Internet as a source of hope.
Four quick thoughts about the significance of Pope Francis as Time's 'Person of the Year'
In the latest confirmation of just how much Pope Francis has taken the world by storm, Time magazine today named him its Person of the Year, outdistancing other finalists such as Edward Snowden, Bashar al-Assad, and even Miley Cyrus. Here are four quick thoughts about the significance of the honor. First...
Here's why Time Magazine named Pope Francis "Person of the Year"
Francis is a truly global figure, not just because he’s the head of a global religion but because of his radically different vision of the church and the papacy. As he put it, he sees the church first of all as a “field hospital” that has the primary task of healing people’s wounds. He favors dialogue over doctrine...
After 482 years, why hasn't the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe disintegrated?
You probably know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and how her image was miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak). You may know that the tilma itself, made of plant fibers, should have disintegrated by this time, but instead its vivid colors remain clearly visible. Dr. Aldofo Orozco, researcher and physicist...
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