Focus

  • Food for Thought

    Sep 21, 2017

    In his 2016 apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis names domestic violence as one example of “verbal, physical and sexual violence” to which women, in particular, are subjected. He decries domestic violence and forms of enslavement as “shameful ill treatment” of women.

  • A celebration of life in the Bible

    Sep 21, 2017

    When we think about the Respect Life cause in biblical terms, we probably recall the phrase from Deuteronomy that has become a popular pro-life slogan, "Choose life" (Dt 30:19). It's a pointed and comprehensive phrase that reflects the pro-life message about valuing all human life. However, the Bible contains other great examples that highlight the value of life.

  • Love them both

    Sep 21, 2017

    In my early high school years, I hung around the hippy crowd. We were all about long hair, rock music and anti-war marches. My English teacher was the coolest teacher at the school.

  • Pope upholds traditional marriage, need to help sinners

    Sep 21, 2017

    By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview.

  • Food for Thought

    Sep 15, 2017

    As Mass concludes and the congregation filters out, it’s easy to move on to the next task, event or activity that the new week brings.

  • Biblical origins of Mass

    Sep 15, 2017

    The celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life,” reads the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1324). Yet, even for many faithful Catholics and for those who observe a Catholic Mass for the first time, the celebration can appear mysterious, if not altogether confusing.

  • Practising a Eucharistic life

    Sep 15, 2017

    In a recent address, Pope Francis noted that liturgical education is an unending process. Pope Francis reminds us that liturgical fruitfulness is not merely a matter of participating in the Sunday Mass but of also attuning ourselves to pray fruitfully.

  • Make positive contributions to heal society wounded by violence

    Sep 15, 2017

    Turning to the testimonies given, the Pope said he was moved when listening to them, because they are stories that speak of pain and suffering, “but also, and above all, they are stories of love and forgiveness that speak to us of life and hope; stories of not letting hatred, vengeance or pain take control of our hearts.”

  • Harvey’s wrath felt across Gulf Coast

    Sep 10, 2017

    As the waters from Hurricane Harvey rose and fell, prayers uttered in Texas ranged from pleas for protection to asking God for the courage to live with charity and great patience, said Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of Victoria.

  • Integral ecology: Care for creation means caring for the poor

    Sep 10, 2017

    Catholic social teaching has developed over the past century as new problems - human, social, economic and environmental - come clearer into focus and call out for a faith-based response.