July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020 To be holy, we practice the supernatural virtues of faith, hope, and charity that God bestows upon the soul at Baptism, yet require us to cooperate by exercising them, making acts of faith, hope, charity. We make an act of faith when we consciously affirm...

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Black Lives Matter because…

Black Lives Matter, because…  This is a slogan that has been polarizing our country unnecessarily. Of course black lives matter, because they are children of God! As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says so forcefully: “Created in the image of the one God and...

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Father’s Day, 2020

Fatherhood Fathers’ Day is a wonderful day to celebrate those persons who fulfilled the wonderful, paternal role in our lives as our biological and spiritual fathers. What makes a male human being a man and a father? Faithfulness A ​father​ is ​faithful​: to God, to...

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The Pandemic Corpus Christi, 2020

The Pandemic Corpus Christi, 2020  Welcome back! Now is the moment we have all been waiting for—the ability to start going to Mass again and to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. But this is the moment Jesus himself has been waiting for: engaging us in a wonderful...

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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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