MY GRANDMOTHER’S BIRTHDAY is coming up and she does not live in this country, so my family will not be able to see her.
The U.S. church’s national encuentro call to Hispanic Catholics to go out to the peripheries and encounter others has energized the country’s dioceses, Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros told delegates at the Region II encuentro in Albany.
LAST YEAR, I saw nearly 500 young people gather on a Saturday morning, carrying signs about the mercy of God. They were getting ready for their annual procession around New York. But in this procession, prayer was intertwined with joyous dancing and upbeat singing about how God’s love and mercy are for all.
A family is like a tree: We, the branches, can all grow in different directions but our roots remain the same. Summertime becomes a chance to care for those roots by spending time with our loved ones.
Have you ever put off a decision or action that you knew you needed to make? Did you reflect on why you hesitated to take that step? The antidote to this is trust in God. We can discover joy by taking risks, embracing trust and living lives of action.
HAVE YOU FOUND yourself wondering if Jesus loves you? Think you don’t deserve this love? If you want these doubts dispelled, try praying the Stations of the Cross.
AS WE START the year and try to offer our hopes and challenges to God, I have been reflecting on how important it is to give and receive forgiveness. Pope Francis once called the family a training ground for mutual forgiveness. He also said we should try to make amends immediately.
By now, you have probably seen the heartwarming Polish Christmas ad that has been watched more than 12 million times. It tells the tale of an aging man trying to learn English alone at home, labeling household objects with Post-its before taking a trip to the United Kingdom and … actually, it is probably best if you watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5Rnd-HM6A (warning, there is some cursing at the 1:30 mark).
ADVENT IS A time of waiting and preparation through prayer and reflection – a time of anticipation for the celebration of Christ’s birth.
When Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) was published, the media highlighted points like communion for the divorce. But the nearly 900 people who attended this year’s Diocesan Evangelization Congress dedicated a day to studying the entire document.