Archive | September 2013

Mater Misericordiae Hospital

Mater Misericordiae Hospital

“In recent weeks, we’ve heard a great deal about the pastoral openness of Pope Francis. It is exciting.  But there are those who would distort the Holy Father’s message: those who would confuse love for laxity. Compassion is not undemanding permissiveness.  Mercy is not an enemy of truth.” – Bishop James Conley

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Welcome to the Mansion!

Welcome to the Mansion!

This is a great analogy for all of the hullabaloo about Pope Francis’ interview with America Magazine.

(Poster’s note: I can’t promote the site as a whole since this is my first experience on it)

Journal Star Response – Call to Action

Jean Timmerman

This was the response by a St. Theresa’s parishioner to the Call to Action book and subsequent article that was critical of Bishop Bruskewitz and the Lincoln Diocese.

Fr. Kilcawley homily on Prodigal Son

Kergyma in one parable

Father speaks on the gospel from September 15 and intertwines the Kergyma with the reality of our lives a sons and daughters of God.

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“Our personal encounter with Christ bathes life in new light, sets us on the right path, and sends us out to be his witnesses. This new way of looking at the world and at people, which comes to us from him, leads us more deeply into the mystery of faith, which is not just a collection of theoretical assertions to be accepted and approved by the mind, but an experience to be had, a truth to be lived, the salt and light of all reality (cf. Veritatis Splendor, 88).

In this secularized age, when many of our contemporaries think and act as if God did not exist or are attracted to irrational forms of religion, it is you, dear young people, who must show that faith is a personal decision which involves your whole life. Let the Gospel be the measure and guide of life’s decisions and plans!”

John Paul II to youth in anticipation of WYD 2002 in Toronto.

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross

Many of the current readers are attending the re-taped version of That Man is You, Light to the Nations (Year 2). It promises to be heavy on the married life. Related to that, here is a series of articles that, while discussing struggling marriages quite a bit, fit in beautifully with many of the topics addressed at the beginning of this TMIY year.

Marriage requires ardent prayer, prayer in which we allow Him to question us and in which we consider His answers anew.   This goes beyond methods of therapeutic meditation.  It is deeper than the effort to relax tension and manage anxiety.  It is not about surviving – it is about living life to the full.  It is a heart-to-heart, living encounter.  This kind of prayer requires that we pass beyond “self” and enter into a vulnerable silence in which we are completely open to the delicate touch of God.

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part I of III)

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part II of III)

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

Peace Among Dragons

Peace Among Dragons

Bishop Conley reflects on the challenges in Syria.