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‘Rejoice, the Lord is coming’

Our joy in the knowledge that God draws near we can experience the nearness of God today through the nearness of others, through the beauty of the created world, through prayer and reflection, through the comfort of silence, and through celebration and rejoicing. In fact anything – any person, place, thing, event, sight, sound, taste,…

Lost and Found

Advent is a time to find the lost through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Have you ever lost some-thing that was really important to you? How did you feel when you lost it? Did you eventually find what you lost? How did you feel when you found it? Have you ever been lost or separated from…

Veni, Veni Emmanuel

“Veni, Veni Emmanuel” Advent is a season that seems to get lost in our culture. Because we so often think of the month of December as “the Christmas season” and use this time to busily prepare our homes for the celebration of Christmas, exchange gifts and send greeting cards and many more such activities. In…

Take the Smartphones off the Dinner Table

“Take the Smartphones off the Dinner Table” Pope Francis said to the Parents, “It can save your family life and your children’s ability to relate” Pope Francis has advised parents not to allow smartphones at the dinner table, to help restore a sense of family togetherness and to teach their children about the importance of…

Are we called to be an honest steward?

Having given a good, honest look at your role in your family and the community every week, I am sure, one would ponder and pray over how he/she contributes to their family’s growth and unity can be humbling, exciting, and challenging. Hopefully, it is also inspirational and motivational. In the same way, Evangelization begins at…

Reflection for All Souls Day

On the first of November we celebrate the feast of All Saints and we remember with joy and gratitude all those who have gone before us and who are now enjoying eternal happiness face to face with God. On the second of November, we are celebrating All Souls’ Day, also known as the Commemoration of…

The Family: A Community of Love and Life

“The most beautiful thing that God did, says the Bible, was the family. All that love that He made in creation, He gave it and shared it and bestowed it on family,” said Holy Father Francis, in a speech before a large crowd attendees on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yes, families are bound together not…

Q+A: What do the changes Pope Francis made to the annulment process mean?

A: Pope Francis recently released two motu proprios (documents initiated by the Pope and discussing procedural issues, not doctrine) which significantly altered Canon Law regarding annulments. Both are essentially the same document, one being addressed to the Eastern Churches and the other to us in the Latin rite. Similar to the recent announcement regarding dispensations…

Q+A: What is meant by the Pope’s recent announcement that priests are able to absolve the sin of abortion during the Jubilee Year of Mercy? There is a lot of misinformation out there!

A. For those who either have an abortion or assist a woman in having an abortion, a serious sin is committed against God and the sanctity of life. Those involved also receive a ‘latae sententiae’ excommunication. Translation: unless certain exemptions are met (ie the woman is under the age of 16 or is forced to…