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- Delegate sees accompaniment, relationship building critical for ministry
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What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.
But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God. Continue reading
Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. Continue reading
Finishing off his first international trip as pope at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis looked to the young people present and in his native Spanish beckoned, “Hagan lio!” which has been translated as “make some noise” and “make a mess.”
Some prominent Catholics balked at his comments at the time, saying that the last thing young people need is a faith that is ambiguous or imprudent. That criticism certainly didn’t quiet the pope, as he has returned to this expression several times in the past five years — and it’s one that we, as millennials, intuitively understand. Continue reading
Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope.
What kind of leadership would a Latin American Jesuit pope exhibit? Would the fact that he is Jesuit and Latin American make any difference? Continue reading
“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.
If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself? Continue reading
Lent is a time of spiritual regeneration and renewal. “The Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own resurrection,” notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 556). And the Gospel account of the Lord’s transfiguration invites us to ponder this event in Jesus’ earthly life and our participation in this mystery of faith. Continue reading
In a 1965 speech to the National Union of Townswomen’s Guild Conference, Margaret Thatcher quipped, “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Though she was speaking about politics, it’s safe to say that many pastors across the country can sympathize, since women have traditionally taken the lead in the work of parish ministries and religious education.
But this might not be the case in the future. In a recent survey conducted by America Media in collaboration with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate, more than 67 percent of all the Catholic women who were surveyed reported that they have never participated in parish ministry. Continue reading