After 40 days of Lent, the Church celebrates 50 days of Easter, concluding the liturgical Season of Christ’s triumph at Pentecost. We hear the Alleluias freely and joyfully sung. Easter provisions often include lilies and other colorful flowers; the Paschal or Easter Candle which was solemnly brought into the darkened church at Easter Vigil, stands lit, most appropriately near the lectern where the Gospel is proclaimed.
The readings of this season are frequently drawn from the Acts of the Apostles, and provide us vignettes of the early Church; the exuberance of the followers of Christ who now have seen Him alive. The work of the Holy Spirit, manifest at Pentecost, is the dynamic power of the work of evangelization which spreads from Jerusalem and into all the known world. The Gospel readings recount the appearances of the Risen Jesus. He comes in the flesh. He is not a Ghost. (Lk 24:39) His wounds remain - reminders of the price of His love for us. The Apostle Thomas will touch them, (Jn 20:27-28), examine them, for the help of our own faith.Read more
The sign of Christian Hope is the Resurrection of Jesus. It is His victory over sin and death. It is the pledge and promise that, if we follow Him faithfully in carrying the Cross, we can also rise with Him to new life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love Him and do His will.” (CCC. no. 1821) Hope is that Theological Virtue by which we desire the Kingdom of Heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises…” (CCC. no. 1817)Read more
Parents will do their best to shield their children from internet pornography. They might secure software that blocks these sites. Perhaps the use of accountability services (e.g. Covenant Eyes) will help support efforts to foster sobriety in this regard.
Part of the defense against these hurtful enticements is an interior strengthening of virtues that helps the person resist temptations against holy purity. Strengthening chastity and fortifying ourselves and our children in the supernatural life can be a powerful defense against these temptations. Frequent Confession and worthy Holy Communions are also powerful fortifications against sin.Read more
On May 13, the 102nd Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917, I stepped onto the sacred grounds of the apparition site at Fatima to pay a special act of tribute and honor to our Catholic brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka killed by Islamic terrorists on Easter Sunday.
These and others brutally martyred for their faith in various parts of the world, most notably Africa, have often been minimized or entirely dismissed. So it was vastly important to me, and on behalf of the Mystical Body of Christ, to include them in my prayer intentions of a special Rosary to Our Lady, joined by thousands of faithful around the world.Read more
On November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Catholic Action for Faith and Family held its 2018 Marriage and Family Summit in Dallas, Texas under the auspices of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.Read more