Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Ignatius of Antioch, October 17,2017
St. Ignatius of Antioch was born in Syria of pagan parents. He became a disciple of St. John the Evangelist and became bishop of Antioch ca. 69 A.D. Then he was condemned to death during Trajan’s persecution of Christians. He was taken to Rome under a military guard of 10 soldiers, and during this journey wrote six letters to six churches of Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Smyrna, Rome and Philadelphia. The letters stress the divinity and the humanity of Jesus, his bodily death and resurrection, the central importance of the Eucharist and the bishop for church unity, and the special reverence owed to the church of Rome as the one founded by Peter and Paul. Upon reaching to Rome, he was taken to the Colosseum and thrown to the lions, dying almost immediately. As he wrote in his letters, he described himself as “the wheat of God to be ground by the teeth of wild beast to become pure bread.” He believed that his own discipleship was grounded in his imitation of the sufferings of Christ. For that reason, he welcomed martyrdom ca. 107 A.D.read more
On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.” The title is based on a subtitle taken from the book Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julián Carrón, President of Communion and Liberation, which co-sponsored the event. The event – as well as the book – aimed to address the root causes of prevalent social issues, as well as to promote dialogue and the culture of encounter necessary to resolve them.read more
“Reflecting on the effects of food security on human mobility means returning to the commitment that gave rise to the FAO, in order to renew it,” Pope Francis said October 16, 2017. His remarks came during a visit to the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, to mark World Food Day.read more
“It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to abuse one”
Hollywood and their media lapdogs love attacking the Catholic Church for clerical sex abuse scandals, all while protecting their own abusers from scrutiny.
Hollywood produced a 2015 movie, Spotlight, which focused on the Boston Globe’s breaking coverage of the Church’s clerical sex abuse crisis. In the movie, attorney Mitchell Garabedian summed up the Church’s systemic problem of Catholics covering for pedophile priests. “It takes a village to raise a child,” he said. “It takes a village to abuse one.”read more
During her campaign for president, Ascough’s pro-life advocacy became an issue of concern for some among the broadly pro-abortion University College Dublin (UCD) student population. She responded with a pledge to refrain from imposing her views on the union if elected and in March was elected head of UCDSU.read more
Here’s a simple straightforward question. Is belief in God necessary or not necessary to be moral and have good values? What do you think?
Well, here’s a look at what Americans told Pew Research when they were asked the identical question a month or so ago. Fifty-six percent said belief in God was not necessary to be moral and have good values. Forty-two percent said, yes, belief in God is necessary. Can’t say those findings come as any kind of surprise, really.read more
Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, October 16,2017
The “evil generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it.” Why? Because Something Greater is already in their midst – Jesus Christ. The problem is their refusal to use their freedom to see how this sign corresponds with their desires. Those who live “the obedience of faith” recognize that we “are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”
Pope Francis on October 15, 2017, created 35 new saints during Holy Mass with the Rite of Canonization of Blesseds Andrew de Soveral, Ambrose Francis Ferro, Matthew Moreira and 27 Companions; Christopher, Anthony and John; Faustino Miguez and Angelo da Acri. The Mass was held in St. Peter’s Square.
In his homily, the Holy Father referred to the Christian life as a “love story with God.” He noted that “The Saints who were canonized today, and especially the many martyrs, point the way.”read more
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