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...

Remain faithful to Jesus.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 31, 2021  WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK WORD of the DAY  One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,  went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” …When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said,  “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” …Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”He answered, “You have said so.”             (Matthew 26: 14-15,20-22, 25) How shall I live this Word?    Jesus is free in  giving   Himself, He does not hold back. He himself indicates the place where He wants to meet us to declare His love for us and to hand over to us His Mystery, and He does so with tenderness and attention. At the same time, He firmly denounces the evil present in our heart.  “One of you will betray me”, unmasks the evil that inclines our heart to trade the truth, remaining a prisoner of limited and earthly logic. And the question that crosses the lips of all the disciples passes...

29th Thursday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD October 26, 2017 29th Thursday of Ordinary Time     WORD of the DAY   I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (Luke 12: 49) How shall I live this Word? The image of fire often occurs in the Bible and it does not only have one meaning.  It can be the image of devastation and punishment, and could also be the image of purification and enlightenment.  It can evoke protection as it appears in Isaiah: “If you have to walk through the fire, I will be with you”.  While Luke is writing at this historical time, he is recounting a reality that he is witnessing:  the first persecutions have knocked at the door of the followers of Jesus and they are all living under the tension of a world that hesitates to accept the message of Jesus.  The Gospel of the primitive Church is born under the sign of contradiction.  The Teacher tells His followers ahead of time that His mission is not easy.  It is like the fire that purifies, but also finds it hard to be ignited.  For Him...

MUR Blog – Weekly blog on JPII’s Love and Responsibility

THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR DEEPENING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LOVE, MARRIAGE, AND THE JOYS AND RESPONSIBILITIES INHERENT TO THEM… THIS IS ALREADY WEEK 11 – LINK TO THE ACTUAL PAGE TO SEE THE PRIOR ENTRIES.  ST. JOHN PAUL II, PRAY FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES! Integrating Love: Love and Responsibility Series (Post #11) Posted Sep. 18, 2017 by DOM In this section of Love and Responsibility, the future pope (St. John Paul II) identifies a challenge that is before a man and a woman who seek love: The Problem of Integrating Love. So far, Wojtyla’s psychological analysis of love has been of sensual or sentimental reactions of a man for a woman and vice versa. In this section, he notes that all these reactions are “strictly individual”[1]—every person and every relationship is different. Love is always “unique and unreproducible,”[2] because it is personal. It has an inner dimension and an outer dimension; it is a drama of “great and absorbing importance”[3] in the lives of the two persons involved. Love between a man and a woman can make other experiences pale in comparison and may reveal parts of the self that the person didn’t even know were there. Love has great psychological power....