This weekend we move into Holy Week, the most sacred part of the Liturgical year. Though we've been preparing for Christ's death and resurrection all through Lent, our preparation becomes even more focused during this short time. There's so much that goes on during Holy Week, we thought a guide to the special traditions and liturgies would be useful.
While work is sometimes (often) a source of stress in our lives, where would we be without it? Work, while difficult, is part and parcel of human nature and serves human dignity. Work enables us to celebrate our gifts and talents from God and empowers us to participate in creation with God. Work is a human right, and those deprived of work are denied dignity and usually a decent livelihood. We know that Jesus worked as a carpenter, and that knowledge can elevate our work (whether physical or intellectual in nature) in our hearts and minds.
As Boston mourns the loss of two heroes, Lt Ed Walsh and FF Michael Kennedy, we wanted to offer some words of wisdom on death, and we thought this Scripture passage was perfect for two heroes who sacrificed their lives in a fire.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
When looking for teaching on abortion in the bible, we don't need to look any futher than the pithy Wisdom book, Proverbs. Proverbs 31:8-9 teaches us:
Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute;
Every year on Ash Wednesday we hear the same Gospel reading, when Jesus exhorts us to “take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them". As we scratch our heads in confusion, the priest will usually explain in his homily why our wearing of ashes is not what Jesus was talking about (not that it can't be, in some cases).
In his homily today, Father Daniel Mahoney talked about outreach to outcasts, and spoke about the life and work of Servant of God Dorothy Day, convert and founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
- Matthew 20:28
This week, the heart of St. Padre Pio is visiting the Archdiocese of Boston, marking the first time a major relic of the saint has left Italy. Catholics in the Archdiocese are thrilled to have the opportunity to venerate a relic of this saint of modern times.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is observed each year on December 8. This holy day of obligation is an important day in the liturgical calendar, and it celebrates a centuries-old doctrine that was officially defined by the Church in 1854. Even though it is so important, there is still often misunderstanding about this holy day.