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General: That the Church may offer new generations, through the believable proclamation of the Gospel, ever-new reasons of life and hope. Missionary: That missionaries, with the proclamation of the Gospel and their witness of life, may bring Christ to all those who do not yet know Him. +++ Midway through Lent, now is as good a time [...]
Today, as we commemorate the Conversion of St. Paul, it’s difficult to author any constructive commentary without copiously quoting from the Apostle to the Gentiles. Where would we even begin? I’ve heard at least one Catholic writer refer to the epistles of St. Paul as “above scrutiny,” both in terms of literary perfection and spiritual [...]
General: That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change. Missionary: That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of [...]
General: That Catholic universities may more and more be places where, in the light of the Gospel, it is possible to experience the harmonious unity existing between faith and reason. Mission: That World Mission Day may afford an occasion for understanding that the task of proclaiming Christ is an absolutely necessary service to which the Church is [...]
General That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties. Mission That the Church may be a “home” for all people, ready to open its doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious [...]
“The Lord always sets signs on our path to guide us according to His will to our own true good.” –Pope Benedict XVI, from his general audience on St. Leonard Murialdo and St. Joseph Cottolengo, May 26, 2010
General That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency, and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens. Mission That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centers, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity, and peace.
General That every national and transnational institution may strive to guarantee respect for human life from conception to natural death. Mission That the churches in Asia, which constitute a “little flock” among non-Christian populations, may know how to communicate the Gospel and give joyful witness to their adherence to Christ.
General That the shameful and monstrous commerce in human beings, which sadly involves millions of women and children, may be ended. Mission That ordained ministers, religious women and men, and laypeople involved in apostolic work may understand how to infuse missionary enthusiasm into the communities entrusted to their care.
…and standing up for him. In this time of attack on the Holy Father, it’s imperative that Catholics know the facts. We’ve posted some here and here. Fr. Z is beginning a series on his blog to provide “fair and balanced reporting on clerical sexual abuse.” (He’s also encouraging readers to respond in support of [...]
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