Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 05/8/2015

In the Gospel, we hear something special from our Lord:

I have called you friends.

Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that he does not call us slaves; he calls us his friends. He doesn't want to force his Word upon us or make us do things against our will. Like a true friend, he wants to work with us and inspire us to strive for holiness while walking with us along the way. 

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 04/8/2015

As part of his catechesis on the family at his weekly General Audiences, Pope Francis has spoken about the poor valuing of children in our society. He has decried the commodification of children, saying that they are not "one of many ways to realize oneself in life". He has criticized the view that children are primarily a worry and a burden: "a society...

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 03/25/2015
The Virgin of the Annunciation - Fra Angelico

Today we celebrate Mary's great YES to God at the Annunciation - bringing about the Incarnation of our Lord.

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 03/20/2015

Pope Francis has offered us a lot of advice on how to be better Christians and people. He's also taken a hard look at some practices among the faithful that have long been accepted in different forms, but that are bad for spiritual health.

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 03/18/2015

During Lent, we're called as Christians to practice prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Mostly we understand why we take on these disciplines. The benefits of prayer are obvious, as are the benefits of almsgiving: giving resources of time and money to the poor and to our communities.

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 03/4/2015

the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
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Matthew 20:28

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 01/23/2015

Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the
weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to
reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 01/21/2015

At the Opening Mass for the 2015 Naational Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke eleoquently about the recipe for joy that Jesus offers us in the Gospel, and the way the Commandment to not kill permeates through so many of our societal obligations. Watch his homily here, full text included below.

 

 

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 12/10/2014

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?

Posted by Kelsey Cronin on 11/5/2014

Now that the 2014 midterm elections are over, there can be two temptations: 

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