How are we as Catholic Christians and Americans supposed to celebrate this great day? John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our country, wrote this about how to celebrate the fourth of July:
From September 25, 1983 to Feb. 11, 1990 (February 11th is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) our Blessed Mother appeared nearly daily to a housewife and mother of two named Gladys Herminia Quiroga de Motta in San Nicolas, Argentina. The bishop during the time of the apparitions, Monsignor Domingo Castagna, believed in their truth early on, and said in a homily after they ceased that “undoubtedly this event of grace will continue to grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits.”
Once again, Our Lord has granted the Church a Eucharistic Miracle to strengthen our faltering faith in, and proper reverence toward, this central teaching of the Catholic faith: When Jesus said, “This is my body,” and, “This is my blood,” he meant it literally.
If you haven’t seen this excellent interview with Sister John Catherine of the Nashville Dominicans, you don’t want to miss it. Here she is interviewed by a non-Catholic Christian who seeks to better understand what a life consecrated to God means, and what it looks like as practiced in the daily life of her convent.
We didn’t know that there was such a strong relationship between theology and food until we interviewed EWTN’s star “cooking priest,” Fr. Leo Patalinghug, about his cookbook and successful family apostolate Grace Before Meals.
“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – Jesus
If Mother Angelica bore so much fruit during her earthly life, which is plainly evident, we can only imagine how much more she will do so in heavenly glory. And this kind of holy life is only accomplished in the same way Jesus accomplished it: through the Cross.
It was actually Justice Scalia’s wife, Maureen, who responded to the question in a CBS 60 Minutes interview, “Why so many children?” by joking that she and her husband are “both overachievers.” Her joke contained an important point: raising a family is noble work, and children are a magnificent accomplishment. Mrs. Scalia’s answer was brilliant; she matched him by placing the work of childrearing on par with sitting on the highest court in America.
No doubt, she and Justice Scalia would agree with what Leon Kass put so magnificently in a 2012 speech to the American Enterprise Institute, when he said:
We human beings are at work not only when we are occupationally working. We are also deeply at work in the activities of love and friendship, and especially when we are actively engaged in family life, the domain of private life in which Americans find the most meaning.
Couples like the Scalias help today’s couples to re-think the meaning of work in their lives by reminding us that a couple’s most intimate and important work is to build a family.
The Catholic players on the Carolina Panthers team won’t be missing their Sunday Mass obligation on Super Bowl Sunday. One Charlotte priest is heading to Super Bowl 50 after being invited to serve as their chaplain ahead of the big game. As reported in Charlotte’s Catholic News Herald: CHARLOTTE — Father Joe Mulligan, a warm-hearted, […]
January is here again, and it’s time to make the annual New Year’s resolutions. Every Catholic should add to their list a few spiritual resolutions designed to help them walk higher up that mountain of faith. Let the freshness of a new year be your impetus to make new strides in your walk with God. There is no time but the present!
We’ve been aniticpating this day, and now it’s here. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be raised to the altars in 2016.
Yesterday (on his birthday!) Pope Francis approved the second miracle needed for her cause for canonization. Today, the news is spreading like wildfire. The date for her canonization is being suggested as September 4th, September 5th being her feast day and the anniversary of her passing into eternal life.