What are Beatitudes?

Why do the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke have lists of beatitudes?  What is a beatitude anyway? What did Jesus actually say? Why are there differences between Matthew and Luke? The short answer is that the words of Jesus in the Gospel are words of God in human terms. The four Gospels started in oral...

Pope Francis Is Coming

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement, even as final planning for the events involved is still underway. As always there are detractors and critics, but overall the pope’s visit will be a major event in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The pope will draw the...

God so Loved the World

“Wednesday of the second week of Easter.” That’s the rather bland description the Roman Catholic Church uses to designate weekdays during the run-up to Pentecost. Yet, these 50 post-Easter days are intended to be spiritual enrichment that produces a deeper sense of God’s mercy. During this Easter...

St. Cyril and RCIA

Years ago Catholic parishes offered “information classes” for adults considering conversion to the Catholic faith. But the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Today RCIA programs have become a standard for the season of Lent. Those seeking to...

Lenten Fish Fries

In the Cincinnati area, many Catholic parishes and schools sponsor “fish fries” as social activities and fundraisers during Lent. They are popular. So popular, in fact, that fast food restaurants offer fish sandwiches for Lent, lest they lose customers to the fish fries. Sometimes there are major...

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