All posts by Romeo Hontiveros

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Easter A & St. Pius V, April 30,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Easter A & St. Pius V, April 30,2017

The disciples on the road to Emmaus hear the Scriptures interpreted in a way that had never occurred to them before. It causes their hearts to burn within them; it is what they have been waiting to hear all their lives. It moves them to beg the Stranger, “Stay with us.” Our hearts burn as we hear Peter interpret Psalm 16 with the same striking authority. It is as if the words that speak of Christ’s Resurrection – “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” – have totally revivified Peter’s own life. The Word, the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, the companionship of other followers are what make us realize how truly we have been “ransomed from all our futile conduct.”

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Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017

Born the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children, Catherine experienced vision from an early age. Angered by her decision not to marry, her parents treated her like a servant. In 1365 A.D., she joined the Dominican tertiaries, took the habit, and remained at home in prayer for three years. Jesus joined her to himself in a “mystical marriage,” and bade her express her love through action. She attended in plague victims, brokered peace between warring factions in Italy, and dictated The Decalogue, a conversation between the soul and God. She died at the age of thirty-three. Catherine was the first woman and the first lay person to be named a Doctor of the Church.

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The Sexual Revolution and the Do-Nothing Church

The Sexual Revolution and the Do-Nothing Church

Head in Sand

“Abandonment of Christian sexual morality is the core of the Church’s self-secularization.”  ∼ Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution

From time to time, the church finds itself with egg on its face because of its failure to speak out in the face of grievous injustices. The Nazi episode, the Civil Rights movement in the United States and Apartheid in South Africa—in each case the church (or at least large parts of it) tried to avert its eyes from evil and resisted facing the truth. “The church” of course is not monolithic, and the heroism of a few could redeem the diffidence and indifference of the many. (And I am using “the church” here to mean the collectivity of Christian denominations, not any one.) But the fact remains that the few faced enormous opposition and resistance even and sometimes especially when they tried to open the eyes of their fellow believers. As Martin Luther King used to say, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

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