Accepting God’s Will While Feeling Disappointed

I will bless the LORD at all times;his praise shall be always in my mouth. My soul will glory in the LORD;let the poor hear and be glad.Magnify the LORD with me;and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me,delivered me from all my fears.Look to him and be radiant,and […] Source: Accepting God’s Will While Feeling...

Have faith in God!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MAY 28, 2021  Friday 8, Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.                                  (Mark 11: 22-24) How shall I live this Word?   Having faith is ‘giving credit to God’. It is to be all ‘unbalanced in Him’ without returning the center of gravity of security in us. Having faith is just that. Without any reservations, to live in the certainty that He thinks of us more than we do of ourselves. “Have faith in God!” (11:22). Let’s help each other to trust Him! Let us be sure that we are listened to by Him. The opposite is only the work of the evil one. Lord, increase my faith! The Voice of  Jacques Maritain, Philosopher Without faith in the truth, there is no human efficacy....

Pope Francis: I establish the lay ministry of Catechist

Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” by the Supreme Pontiff Francis Antiquum ministerium, instituting the ministry of catechist, 10 May 2021 Francis Motu Proprio [ DE  – EN  – ES  – FR  – IT  – PL  – PT ] APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED “MOTU PROPRIO” BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS “ANTIQUUM MINISTERIUM” INSTITUTING THE MINISTRY OF CATECHIST   1. The ministry of Catechist in the Church is an ancient one. Theologians commonly hold that the first examples are already present in the writings of the New Testament. The service of catechesis may be traced back to those “teachers” mentioned by the Apostle in writing to the community of Corinth: “Some people God has designated in the Church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way” (1 Cor 12:28-31). Saint Luke begins his Gospel by stating: “I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so...

The Church Remains the Pillar & Foundation of Truth

The Facts of Life Series: The True Worldview Catholicism is the one and the only true way to look at life, existence and the cosmos. And, despite our modern reflex to dismiss any such assertion of truth on a scale and scope such as this, Catholicism still stands firm and invites such critics to think and think […] Source: The Church Remains the Pillar & Foundation of...

The strength of a people who believe in what they pray for – Vatican News

The strength of a people who believe in what they pray for The Marian marathon convened by Pope Francis for the month of May to pray for an end to the pandemic brings to the fore the power of prayer in times of danger, and in particular, the intercession of the Virgin, to whom Christians have had recourse since the dawn of the Gospel. By Alessandro De Carolis Defeating the invisible nemesis that slowly extinguishes your capacity to breathe in a hospital room – or perhaps in the street because there simply isn’t a hospital that will take you in – and believing you can do so by getting down on your knees. This might seem a solution more suited to times in which ancient collective superstitions competed with the fresh words of the Gospel, rather than to an era like ours in which individualism exhibited everywhere tends to debase the sense of community action, especially if it as intangible as the spiritual. A promise In reality, to dispel doubts and misgivings about the efficacy of shared prayer, it is enough to read Matthew 18: 19, which contains Jesus’ assurance that: “If two of you agree on earth about anything...

How Does Our Faith Impact Society, Politics, and Citizenship?

The Facts of Life Series: Society, Politics and Citizenship How strikingly odd are our times? And, how startlingly wrong are our ideas? Just think for a minute about our modern Western world. Think how far the West has progressed in our mastery over our physical needs and limitations. Our overall knowledge base has expanded remarkably over the […] Source: How Does Our Faith Impact Society, Politics, and...