Today it was announced that the Holy Father had appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago, one of America’s largest Dioceses. Bishop Cupich was originally a priest of Omaha, Nebraska, and served most recently in Spokane, Washington. As I was researching the new Archbishop I found a wonderful explanation of Christian marriage that he wrote to the good people of …
Same-sex marriage is part of a large cultural shift taking place in Western society. The Catholic Church, however, is not going along with this shift. The Church firmly believes that the basic structure of marriage which she has always promoted is still valid, and it reflects God’s original plan of creation.
Jesus took three of His apostles up to the top of a mountain in order to show them a secret. It was so secret that they were not allowed to say anything about it until after Jesus had risen from the dead. This is the secret: Jesus is the Son of God.
You would think that Valentine’s day is not the best day in the world to be celibate, but I got one of the world’s best Valentine’s day cards. A person who does not have a significant other is not living without love, because God’s love is always there for us. In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus tells us about God’s love, and teaches us to love the way God loves and not the way that comes naturally to us. We can’t just love when it’s easy, we also need to love when it’s hard. +
St. John the Baptist was sent to preach repentance to everyone who needed to repent. This included King Herod, even though preaching to the king ended his career. When Jesus was preaching, His message was quite personal. Jesus did not stop with stereotypes, but He saw each person. When we look at a crowd of people, we see a crowd, but God sees each and every person. God sees each person, God knows each person, and God calls each person to be part of His work.
You might be surprised to learn that when priests get together that we often discuss dating, relationships, and marriage. A key part of the mission of the Church is to help each and every one of her children live out their fundamental vocation, which is to love. For many people, this vocation will be lived out through marriage and family. …
The Lord of the house lived in luxury; the servants lived simple lives. But Jesus, the true Lord, chooses to serve. He invites us to do the same. A husband washes the feet of his wife and family when he uses his authority to serve them. Let the Lord serve you that you might serve others.
There is a clear connection between the current campaign for equal rights for homosexuals and the great campaign for equal rights for women. That movement had started with equal voting rights for women, and then moved on to fight for equal access to education, to jobs and careers, and equal pay for women who were doing the same work as …
Four things the Church is Serious About, #3. God loves His people faithfully; He will never give up on us. Neither is divorce possible for human marriages; once the two have become “one flesh” no human being can separate them. The Church takes the words of Jesus seriously, and that’s why the Church is serious about Marriage. (3 Mar 2013)
Four Things the Church is Serious about, #2. Love is Sacrifice: love leads us to lay down our lives for the beloved, an act we call Marriage. Marriage belongs together with Sex and Babies in the “Love Triangle.” If we choose one, the others come with it. This is why sex outside of marriage is wrong: Because the Church is serious about Love. (24 Feb 2013)