All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

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Jesus, our Bridegroom, went all in out of love for us, to bring us all into his Church where his kingdom “already exists and will be fulfilled at the end of time. The kingdom has come in the person of Christ and grows mysteriously in the hearts of those incorporated into him, until its full…manifestation” (CCC, 865). Yes, Pat Gohn is fluent in the Catechism and encyclicals and uses their authority when necessary to solidify the soundness of her spiritual guidance in her new book, All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters.

Some Catholics, including members of Pat’s family who were victimized by bad Catholics and unholy priests, have cause to reject the Church and view it as splattered with the mud of scandal. Pat’s imagery of the Catholic Church, as the “mud-splashed Bride” of Christ, is brilliant! Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Come, into the Light, which is Christ

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23:1-6; Ephesians 5:8-11; John 9:1-41

Each day Jesus gives us a new “snapshot” of himself. We see this at daily Mass and in the Prayer of Christians, what we call the Divine Office. In these past Lenten Sundays, we are seeing Jesus redirecting human life. First, we saw Jesus as the “New Adam.” Then we saw Jesus as the “New Moses.”

The blind see Jesus, light of the world

This week we see Jesus as the “New King David.” And this week we also see Jesus as our Shepherd (Psalm 23). We see the blind man from birth, meeting Jesus who places an ointment on his eyes. The man is told to go wash. He comes back to Jesus, having received a miracle. He was able to see for the first time in his life. Jesus tells the amazed audience that while he is in the world, he is the light of the world. Continue reading

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  • Lent: Teach Your Children – In her Lenten series, Amy Welborn asked, How can we help our children to be fulfilled? How can we teach them to be happy?
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Lent: Teach Your Children

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by Amy Welborn

Take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children…

(Deuteronomy 4:9)

This is something we tend to fret about, all of us, whether we are parents or not: How can we help our children to be fulfilled? How can we teach them to be happy?

I sometimes wonder if those are the right questions. Or at least, if it’s the only question. We live in a world that’s all about celebrating our potential. But what happens when we’re disappointed? When it all collapses? When we get the frightening diagnosis? When it all hurts? When I am about to die? Continue reading

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Joy Stories: Live the Fast by Andy LaValle

Some people go through an entire life not knowing their purpose or why God has given them the gifts he has. Up until June of 2010, I was a secure, self-employed businessman, married for 35 years, with two adult children as partners in our enterprise. My priorities were golf, business, family, and God in that order.

I met Jim Caviezel at the Catholic Men’s Conference in 2010, and he invited me to Medjugorje. At the time, Medjugorje was not on my radar; in fact, I could not even spell it or know where it was. After the invite, I boldly told Jim, “Do not get your hopes up. I am not flying 15 hours to say a rosary.” Today I pray the rosary not say the rosary.

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Friars Corner: Joy in Christ’s living water

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Exodus 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4: 5-11, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Baptism in very much in the foreground during our Lenten journey. Some have been preparing since last fall to be baptized during the Easter Vigil. Those of us who have already been baptized are hopefully examining our lives during this penitential season. For many of us, our parents made a baptismal commitment for us to be part of the kingdom of God for us. Sometimes in our adult life, we need to make our own commitment to follow Jesus and live by his principles.

Today’s scriptures appropriately highlight baptism. In the Exodus story, God tells Moses to strike a rock and water will flow for the people to drink, cook, bath and water their animals. We have some questions humanly about that rock providing water for a 40-year journey through the desert. Water did part to allow the Jews to leave Egypt. Now water was necessary to live in the desert. Continue reading

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  • Lent: Your Ways – by Amy Welborn – For Lent, if I am to be deeply reconciled to God, I need to know who God is and what God’s call to me is. That won’t happen by listening with half an ear.
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Lent: Your Ways

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by Amy Welborn

Happy those who do not follow
the counsel of the wicked,
Nor go the way of sinners,
or sit in company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy;
God’s law they study day and night.
(Psalm 1:1 -2)

I always appreciate the opportunity to hear priests from other lands at Mass. Their accents—Irish, Nigerian, Colombian, Indian and others—remind me of the universality of the Body of Christ.

What I have noticed, too, is that when a priest from another country preaches in a church of native speakers, he has usually prepared his homily carefully, writing it out so that he says exactly what he intends. He speaks carefully, as well, to be sure that we hear. And I listen more carefully, too. Continue reading

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