In the previous catechesis on the family, I reflected on the first passage of the creation of the human being, in the first chapter of Genesis, where it is written: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Today I would like to complete the reflection with the second passage, which we find in the second chapter. Here we read that the Lord, after having created heaven and earth, “formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” He is the pinnacle of creation. Then God put man in a most beautiful garden so that he would till and keep it. Read more
Today I shall reflect on the great gift that children are for humanity. They are the great gift for humanity, but they are also greatly excluded. There comes to mind the many children I met during my last trip to Asia: full of life, of enthusiasm and, on the other hand, I see that many of them live in the world in conditions that are undignified. In fact, a society can be judged by the way its children are treated. Not only morally, but also sociologically: if it is a free society or a society slave of international interests. Read more
In his prayer video for the month of July, Pope Francis has asked Christians to join him in praying for those who have strayed from the faith, providing hope to them through the witness of our joy and actions. Read more
The Catholic bishops in the US want to form a Church of missionary disciples on fire to spread the joy of the Gospel to their communities. For that purpose, they are convening the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”
To be held July 1-4 in Orlando, FL, it will be a gathering of thousands of Catholic leaders working in dioceses, apostolates, and movements across the country.
This appears to be the first national-scale response anywhere to Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), where he asked the faithful “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy.” Read more
The US bishops have launched a Website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4.
The video, about 10 minutes long and viewable on the Fortnight for Freedom Website, features a number of legal, religious, and other personalities discussing the importance of religious liberty. Read more
Eucharistic adoration offers a powerful chance to encounter Christ’s love in silence and humility, and that experience can transform our hearts, both individually and as a Church, said Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, NE, in a new pastoral letter.
“Love is selfless sacrifice, and sacrifice is the language of love. Love is the gift of ourselves to our beloved. And Christ made a gift of himself—he gave us his body and blood—poured himself out for our salvation, when he conquered death by dying and rising again,” Bishop Conley said. “Christ gave us his body and blood, as an act of love, so that we could know the love of God.” Read more
As they begin the Spring General Assembly June 14-15, Bishops from across the US will gather at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church: The liturgy will be held June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Read more