Peace Pulpit: We will draw forth leaders in our communities who can do the ministering, the shepherding and allow parish communities to grow and flourish
I grew up among grandparents who went every year to their birthplaces for the family grave-cleaning and dinner on the ground. Back to Tolar and Kosse and Colorado City, they went to chop weeds and mow and plant and keep the graves of their parents and siblings. They brought baskets of food -- fried chicken, and green beans cooked with fatback and new potatoes, and peach pie, and cornbread -- to eat when they broke from work at midday.
Viewpoint: There is a case for allowing divorced and remarried Catholics, in certain cases, to continue to receive the sacraments. Valid issues on both sides need to be addressed.
Pope Francis has tried to warn us that the word of God is unruly, that it accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Frankly, the unruliness of the word has been a problem for God’s people from their very beginnings, and today’s readings show us how and why.
Peace Pulpit: Jesus calls us all to a life of service, “If you want to be my disciple, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me in serving others.”
Gene Conrad, 86, got up every morning at 5 a.m. to make breakfast for his wife, Reva. Before he shuffled downstairs, he cuddled next to her and began singing the song they had sung to each other every morning since they married in 1950: "You Are My Sunshine." Reva was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 21 years ago but she glowed as she heard the words Gene sang. Gene died last week after a brief illness.
Women ordination advocates joined in a liturgical celebration Sunday morning which turned into an energetic sendoff ceremony.
Sharp traditional distinctions between male and female that formed traditional Catholic theology over centuries have dissolved in recent times challenging church teachings.
Today’s selection from Wisdom sounds like a playground war: “Get him! He thinks he’s too smart! Goody two-shoes, just you wait and see!” (There should probably be all kinds of “$##¡@&**@!” representing the colorful language used by our preteen perpetrators.)
Preview: For 50 years, Perfectae Caritatis has been a guide for religious to both return to their deep roots and adapt to the contemporary world.