Focus

  • A countercultural Advent message

    Dec 11, 2014

    A few years ago, Los AngelesArchbishop Jose H. Gomez described Advent as “a season of Mary”, and spoke of Advent as a time “to take Mary into our homes, into our lives.”

  • Bringing the ‘holy back’ to Christmas via Mary

    Dec 11, 2014

    The vision of an ideal Christmas generally includes “Silent Night” being softly sung around a manger scene. Snow is falling, family is gathered, and savoury smells are wafting from the kitchen.

  • We want unity, not assimilation or submission

    Dec 03, 2014

    Pope Francis stated unequivocally in Istanbul on November 30 that he, as Bishop of Rome, and the worldwide Catholic Church desire unity – ‘full communion’- with the 300 million member Orthodox Churches.

  • Pope Francis and the extraordinary global marriage conference

    Dec 03, 2014

    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family stirred so much controversy over the issue of same sex marriage. Pope Francis boldly declared that marriage is a sacramental union of man and woman, and anything else is “an association.”

  • Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

    Dec 03, 2014

    God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

  • Food for thought

    Dec 03, 2014

    While messages at this time of year shout of joy, shopping, baking, parties, and on and on, it’s hard to remember that Advent is a “mini-Lent,” as some call it.

  • Learning to wait amid Advent’s conversion

    Dec 03, 2014

    Is there a Catholic who doesn’t know the seasons of Advent and Lent? You would truly be the Catholic ostrich with a head firmly buried, to miss those two important times in our liturgical life.

  • Conversion while listening to the Lord

    Dec 03, 2014

    What language does the Lord speak? Advent is a great time for listening to the language of the Lord and learning to speak it – or, perhaps better, for learning to sing it. Pope Francis proposed as much a year ago during Advent.

  • Vatican sending bishops’ conferences documents for 2015 synod

    Nov 27, 2014

    Just over a month since the conclusion of October's keenly watched meeting of Catholic bishops on issues of family life, the Vatican has announced it's already gearing up for the next meeting in 2015.

  • Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

    Nov 27, 2014

    The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.