Posts Tagged ‘featured’
 

 
Pope Francis: The call to holiness is an invitation to live each moment with joy and love

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience address on November 19, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others. “Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and ever […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 20


 
Pope Francis: The ministry of bishops, priests and deacons is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on November 12, Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful. “It is only by acknowledging that their ministry is an unmerited gift of God’s mercy that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 13


 
Pope Francis: The ministry of the bishop is accepted in obedience

(CNA/EWTN News) During his weekly general audience on Wednesday November 5, Pope Francis said that a Church which does not foster communion with the bishop is unhealthy. In his remarks to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square, the Pope called on Christian communities to “nurture a sincere and profound communion” with the bishop, “starting […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 6


 
Pope Francis: Ask the Lord to enable us to be a visible sign of his love for all mankind

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on October 29, Pope Francis spoke of the visible actions carried out by the Church, explaining that they are an expression of her deeper spiritual reality rooted in the two natures of Christ. “The visible and the invisible of the Church are not opposed, but are rather integrated […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 30


 
Love of God Entails Love of Neighbor

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Love of God Entails Love of NeighborEdmond Lo The first reading of this Sunday is part of the so-called Book of Covenant (Ex 20:22-23:19), which contains a collection of mainly casuistic laws. These are secular laws that emerged from practice; they serve to build up a realistic social order in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 26


 
Pope Francis: Jealousy leads to divisions and wars

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly address for the Wednesday general audience on October 22, Pope Francis offered advice on fighting those tendencies which “dismember” the Body of Christ, such as jealousy and feelings of superiority. “A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that instead of blood seems to have vinegar, eh! It is […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 23


 
Pope Francis: Christian hope is the joyful expectation of the Lord’s coming

(CNA/EWTN News) In his Wednesday general audience address on October 15, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian hope, saying that it consists in our joyful expectation of the return of its source, Jesus Christ. “Christian hope encompasses the whole person, so it is not a mere desire or an optimism, but the full […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 16


 
Pope Francis: Accentuate that which unites us – Jesus and the richness of his love

(CNA/EWTN News) Speaking to the crowds that filled Saint Peter’s Square during the weekly General Audience on October 8, Pope Francis repeated his consistent theme of warning against divisiveness among Christians. In his address, which coincided with day three of the bishops’ synod on the family, he said that these divisions “in addition to injuring […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 9


 
Pope Francis: Charisms are bestowed upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience on October 1 to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters. “A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 2


 
Pope Francis: Our strength is the love of Christ!

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries. Speaking during his General Audience September 24, the Pope expressed his closeness “to the many people affected by this terrible disease. I invite you to pray for them […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 25


 
Pope Francis: From the moment the Holy Spirit came, the apostles went out to the world

(CNA/EWTN News) At his weekly general audience on September 17, Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.” Pope Francis offered catechesis to those gathered in the square, reflecting on the words “catholicity” and “apostolic.” The […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 18


 
Pope Francis: The Church teaches her sons and daughters to be merciful

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on September 10, Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy. “Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 11


 
Pope Francis: With nourishment from the Church, we are able to overcome the difficult moments

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience on September 3, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to the aspect of her maternity, of which the Virgin Mary is a model encouraging us to reach out to our brothers and sisters. “The Church is also mother because she cares for her children and guides […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 4


 
Our Zeal for God Is Consuming Us!

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God” (Psalm 63:2). Gentle in tone and unadorned in expression, the human yearning for God, as reflected in the antiphon of this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, belies the zeal and vigour simmering deep in the psalmist’s heart. In fact, his longing for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 31


 
Pope Francis: God’s will is that we grow in our capacity to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) During his weekly general audience on August 27, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 28


 
Stay Awake!

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 28


 
Blinded by Worldly Glory

Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! “Woe […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 26


 
Pope Francis: In South Korea, the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday August 20, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness. In South Korea “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope: and is a spiritual family in which adults transmit to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


 
Proper Wedding Garments

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


 
Tough Love

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 14


 
Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

(CNA/EWTN News) – After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in Iraq and Gaza, revealing that his personal envoy to Iraq will leave Monday. “Dear brothers and sisters: The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 13


 
Greatest in the Kingdom of God

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 12


 
O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time One couldn’t help but notice the similarities of the experiences of Elijah and Jesus’ disciples as described in the first and the Gospel readings. In both cases, men experienced frightening scenes – Elijah experienced “a strong and heavy wind”, “crushing rocks”, “earthquake”, “fire”; the disciples’ boat was “being tossed about […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 10


 
Pope Francis: Jesus provides a path to true happiness through the Beatitudes

(CNA/EWTN News) In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by giving a new teaching on mercy in the Beatitudes. “At the heart of the new covenant is our realization that, in Christ, we are embraced by God’s mercy and compassion, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 7