Synod Prep 101: Are You Ready?

In roughly six months’ time, the Church will convene an extraordinary synod to discuss  the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” (Read the lineamenta, or preparatory document, in full at the Vatican website). In the days preceding and following the synod this October, Catholic news sources–as well as secular–will be abuzz […]

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What Does Marriage Mean?

In order to grasp the full meaning and power of marriage, we must understand why man was created. Reading the first paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in Himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed […]

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This Lent, What Are You Cooking?

One of my colleagues reminded me about Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals and his liturgically-colored sauces. Here’s his Burgandy Sauce–a meat sauce in the liturgical color of purple–perfect for Lent and Advent. (Not to be eaten on Fridays in Lent, he adds!) Grace Before Meals stresses the importance of family meals–”A family that […]

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Sex, Violence, Teens, and the Media

We’ve long suspected it. With some common sense and observation, you might come to a similar conclusion: The media can–and does–negatively affect our children. (I’m reminded of the TV show my parents let me and my siblings watch–until they realized that we were picking up bad habits from the way the children on the show […]

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Are Children’s Masses Appropriate?

According to a recent Catholic World News story, the “Vatican intends to remove the Eucharistic Prayers for Children from the authorized prayers of the Roman Missal.”  The article continues: Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, the chairman of the US bishops’ liturgy committee, has disclosed the Vatican plans in a letter to the American bishops. […]

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Protecting the Sheep

As the pastor of my domestic Church, I must admit that we don’t have any pews or bells. We do, however, have areas set aside in our home for prayer, and we have adorned our home with crucifixes, Catholic art, holy water fonts, and the like, which serve as helpful reminders of our family’s Catholic identity. Even […]

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Novice Training

One of the hallmarks of the Church in our age is the renewed emphasis on the role of the laity. Drawing upon the rich, traditional teaching of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Church reminds the laity that all of us are called to holiness by virtue of our Baptism, and we are all called to […]

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