Understanding the Two Sides of Love

Posted by GuestBlogger on Jan 21, 2016 4:38:00 PM

Our guest blogger is Edward Sri, author of Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility.

The Italians have a beautiful expression for love: ti voglio bene. Though commonly translated as “I love you,” ti voglio bene more literally means “I wish you good” or “I want what is good for you.”

This phrase reminds us that love is not primarily about what good feelings may be stirring within. Even less is it about what I can get out of a relationship for myself. The fullness of love is looking outward toward my beloved and seeking what is best for that person, not just what is good for me.

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Topics: family, People, Featured

Why I'm Still Catholic

Posted by Susan Hines-Brigger on Jan 20, 2016 10:57:00 AM

It was an honest question. After listening to me recount all my frustrations with the Catholic Church one night after dinner, my sister-in-law, who is not Catholic, asked me very honestly, “So then why do you stay?”

The question stopped me in my tracks. At first I bristled a little at the question, feeling a bit defensive. But then it occurred to me that I really didn’t know how to answer her.

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Topics: Spirituality, Featured, Church

Does the Earth Have Cancer?

Posted by GuestBlogger on Dec 30, 2015 10:57:00 AM

My 71-year-old mom has stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and she is currently undergoing an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Cancer has been a painful, difficult journey, both for her and for all of us who love her.

In my environmental work, I’ve come across the idea that human beings, as a species, have become something like a global-scale cancer. I never agreed with this line of thought—and still don’t—but with cancer such a real and present concern in my family’s life right now, I find myself pondering it once again.

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Topics: People, Featured

What's New about the "New" Feminism?

Posted by GuestBlogger on Dec 29, 2015 7:13:00 PM

Recently, something called “The New Feminism” has been getting quite a bit of press, both in print and online. An expression coined by St. John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the New Feminism is about helping women to live and express Gospel values more effectively in the Church and in the world, by recognizing their own authentic gifts and mission.

It remains to be seen what new initiatives will arise from this more recent conversation, but as the mother of a teenage daughter, I am thrilled that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for a more profound theology of women in the Church. His cry for progress recalls St. John Paul II’s Letter to All Women:

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Topics: People, Featured

Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by GuestBlogger on Dec 27, 2015 2:00:00 AM

A Word from Pope Francis

The message that comes from the Holy Family is first of all a message of faith. In the family life of Mary and Joseph, God is truly at the center, and He is so in the Person of Jesus. This is why the Family of Nazareth is holy. Why? Because it is centered on Jesus.

When parents and children together breathe in this climate of faith, they have an energy that allows them to face even difficult trials, as the experience of the Holy Family shows, for example, in the dramatic event of their flight to Egypt: a difficult ordeal.

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Topics: family, Spirituality, Featured

A Christmas Miracle

Posted by John Feister on Dec 25, 2015 2:00:00 AM

Catholic and Jewish people people are kindred spirits. We worship the same God, and honor God as the creator and sustainer of all life—especially that of our own human family. We both celebrate endless years of God’s saving actions among us. As Pope St. John XXIII famously said upon welcoming Jewish leaders to a meeting, recalling the Genesis story, “I am your brother, Joseph.”

Of course, we all know that this brotherhood and sisterhood has not been observed for most of Christian history. Ours has been a long and horrible story of distrust and finger-pointing, of jealousy, discrimination, and violence against Judaism. The low point of this sad history, we all know, is the Nazi attempt to eliminate Jews completely.

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Topics: family, Inspiration, Featured

Franciscan Corner: Where the Friars Meet the People

Posted by John Feister on Nov 30, 2015 2:00:00 AM

In the mid-1800s, Bishop Purcell recruited Franciscans from the Tyrol region of Austria to come to Cincinnati to serve. They brought their journalism with them.

The friars worked for a German-language Catholic newspaper, and then published their own magazine, St. Franziskus Bote. In June 1893 came the first issue of St. Anthony Messenger. We’ve published from Cincinnati all these years, most of them from the same location near the Liberty and Vine streets intersection. We’re next to our provincial motherhouse and St. Francis Seraph Parish, in historic Over-the-Rhine.

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Topics: Inspiration, Featured, Franciscan, Media

Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

Posted by Pat McCloskey, OFM on Nov 29, 2015 2:00:00 AM

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was more real than many of the things he had been considering more important.

Only in prayer were his knightly ambitions turned in a new direction; only in prayer did he find the strength to lead the people who wanted to follow him—but on their own terms. Prayer enabled him to discover the link between the Church that Jesus established and the Church that needed much more conversion to Jesus’s ways.

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Topics: Prayer, Inspiration, Featured, Franciscan

Franciscans Reach Out to Detroit’s Downtrodden

Posted by GuestBlogger on Nov 28, 2015 2:00:00 AM

St. Aloysius Community Center had its beginning with the arrival of the Franciscan friars of St. John the Baptist Province in 1992. Encouraged by Archbishop Vigneron, the Friars are dedicated to following Jesus by living and working among the poor through the community of St. Aloysius Parish. We are situated in a widely diverse area of downtown Detroit. We work with all of the people in the neighborhood to address needs of companionship, food, clothing, and emergency shelter.

We also focus on the critical needs of the tenants of many low-income housing buildings in the area. Our parish nurse works to address health and wholeness issues within our community-at-large. After the closing of our Community Center a few years ago, we are now attempting to provide all of these services in a smaller fashion—on the streets and in the community housing areas. This ad gentes style of ministry means we are now more focused on going to the people, rather than them coming to us.

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Topics: Inspiration, Featured, Franciscan

The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Posted by JWintz on Oct 30, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Though written in simple language, St. Francis' Peace Prayer provides rich material for spiritual reflection. The following are some of my thoughts on the Peace Prayer inspired by the lines of this prayer and by the example of St. Francis.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Like that of Christ, our mission on earth is to bring to others God’s peace--God’s state of “perfect well-being” and completeness. Shalom is the Hebrew word for this rich concept of “peace.” Often used as a greeting of peace, Shalom is a wish that those so greeted will find healing and fullness of life.

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Topics: Saints, Featured, Franciscan

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