Letter from the Prelate (1 April 2020)

With Holy Week only a few days away and amid so much suffering, Monsignor Fernado Ocáriz invites us to look at Christ on the Cross, who is the source of our hope. My dear children may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me! The Paschal Triduum is drawing near,...

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Thirsting for Righteousness—the 1 and 3 Commandments

The next Beatitude is, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). The notion of “justice” or “righteousness” in Sacred Scripture is an essentiallyreligious one. The closest word we have to this biblical...

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Pandemic of Fear vs. Faith

COVID-19—the Corona virus—has struck, sending countries around the world scrambling to try to stop it. Many people are reacting with fear and responding by isolating themselves from others or by quarantining those infected, often in cruel ways, like lepers of old,...

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The Ultimate Goal of Christian Morality

Christ summarizes the goal of Christian morality at the end of the Sermon of the Mount: “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord,...

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Freedom, Virtue, Grace, and Law

Doing God’s will takes effort because our human will is subject to temptation, weakness, and distraction. Virtues—habitual good acts that overcome ignorance, manipulation, and fear—increase our  responsibility and freedom to pursue the good of the one we love....

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Loving Beatitude: the Goal of Christian Morality

Often our society portrays Christian morality as something negative, a series of don’ts: Don’t kill… don’t miss Mass on Sunday… don’t lie or steal… In other words, don’t have any fun… If morality is perceived as a list of arbitrary rules that restrict and control our...

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Annual Catholic Appeal

In last week’s Gospel, Jesus said: “A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.” A city, or a church like St. Mary of the Angels with its...

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Blessed are the Pure of Heart—the 6th and 9th Commandments

In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord links together the sixth beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:18), with the sixth and ninth commandments—Thou shalt not commit adultery nor covet thy neighbor’s wife. As Christ says: “You...

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