Opinion From Herald columnists and readers
The liturgical year has not always ended with the Solemnity of Christ the King. This observance is a relatively new innovation. The American bishops, through their Committee for Religious Liberty, urge Catholics to consider the history of this celebration so they might better understand that Christ’s kingdom consists of the faithful exercising their freedom to welcome Christ’s reign in their lives.
November is a month that might be viewed as a break from mowing, clipping and digging. Don’t be fooled — there is lots to be done and following these tips just might make the difference between your trees and plants surviving or succumbing to our potentially cold Colorado winters.
With global supply chains stressed, and holiday travel appearing a possibility, we may yet find our holidays with loved ones, or the opportunity to give a gift to a loved one near or far away. We’re running our annual Christmas reading recommendations earlier this year, so you can brighten the heart of someone special — and perhaps get a book or two yourself for winter reading.
Last month, I had the great good fortune to sit down for a Zoom interview with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, and John Vervaeke.
I do a lot of outreach to the young on behalf of my religious congregation, so I try to be aware of trends in vocations work and the common traits of emerging generations.
Most of us know what we believe as Catholics, but often we’re unclear on why we believe it. That experience was true for me as well, having been raised as an infant in the faith and a product of Catholic education into high school. In college, however, when some earnest but misinformed Protestants showed me a few Bible verses about how Catholics were not “saved”, it was confusing.
Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, ‘Laudato Si,’ has generated a great buzz.
I have to admit that I haven’t always taken enough interest in ecological issues, assuming that doing so would somehow compromise my dedication to the frail seniors with whom we share our lives as Little Sisters of the Poor.
We have another chance this Advent. After nearly two years of death, sadness, and separation from those we love, we have another chance this Advent. We have the chance to get it right. “Of all the seasons of the year, Advent offers us perhaps the clearest sense of adventure and journey. It is a season for resetting our horizon, reframing our movement toward fullness in Christ. And even though Advent is brief, it is filled with spiritual riches.” So writes Father John Burns, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, both scholar and retreat director, but most of all a priest of Christ in the Catholic Church.
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