In January I had the privilege to travel to Ghana as part of a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) sponsored trip for media. There were five radio personalities and administration people and I was there for TV. Ghana is an amazing country and I am grateful to CRS for the opportunity.
How does one become a Saint? Well, repentance is step one, of course, followed by faith in Jesus Christ, frequent participation in the Sacraments, and practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. But the many lists of 7 that the Church offers us to help on our path to Sainthood can be daunting, especially if we don't understand how to implement what they call for on a daily, human level. So why don't we take a small step back, and examine a few ways we can reshape our day-to-day practices by looking at the lives of the Saints.
The Archdiocese of Boston has released a joint letter from Metropolitan Methodios and Cardinal Seán on the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during Pope Francis's visit to the Holy Land.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
There's a lot of advice out there for avoiding and ending conflict in the workplace, in the family and in other personal relationships. That's great, and can be very helpful, but a lot of that advice tends to come from conventional, worldly wisdom. What if the way we handled conflict was not based in self-interest, but was based on radical commitment to the Gospel? What if we didn't put ourselves first in our personal relationships?
We are a week and a half into Advent, and Christmas decorations are up all over, people are wishing one another a Merry Christmas, and it's widely agreed to be the "most wonderful time of the year". But is it? Certainly our anticipation for the coming of Jesus brings us hopeful joy, but is it the most wonderful time of the year?
I'm excited to introduce a new series here at the CatholicTV blog: Faith Fridays! Each week we'll look at a tenet of Catholic faith, reflect on its meaning and consider ways to deepen the way we live that tenet.
Today I leave for Ghana on a trip to see up close the work of Catholic Relief Services in that country. I should say our work because CRS is the global aid arm of the U.S. Church. I've always regarded this agency as one that truly exemplifies the four marks of the church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
We gather for the annual oil change and tune up. The oils are the tools we use in the ministry we share, but just as important is our own tune up as we gather as presbyterate to recommit ourselves to follow Christ and to shepherd His people.
We are so pleased to be partnering with RD Sahl, KJ Johnson and Matt Younis (Matt and KJ are Boston University students) who are in Rome for the Canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. RD, KJ and Matt will be our on the ground crew at the Vatican and we are excited to bring you their content!
Our wonderful Public Coordinations Coordinator, Shannon Muldoon, will be moving on from CatholicTV at the end of this week. We both thought it would be a great idea if she could say goodbye to the CatholicTV family via our blog. Please keep Shannon in your prayers, and find her guest post below. -Helen