Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 Formation Classes Begin Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the beginning of another year of formation classes. The first semester will consist of:

New Testament Letters
Canon Law
Theology of the Holy Spirit
Social Justice (Just Faith)
Proclaiming
Christology - Trinity
Pastoral Care (class at St Joseph's Hospital).

We will also be instituted as Acolytes on February 2nd.

It's going to be a good year.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ROME REPORTS TV News Agency - Vatican calls for more lay participation in politics

RomeReports has produced a good video on the responsibilities of the laity in society. To often it seems that we do not understand our role in championing causes of our faith outside of the walls of the Church. We, the laity, are critical in creating a just society.

ROME REPORTS TV News Agency - Vatican calls for more lay participation in politics

Salvation Outside the Church

I read a good article over at CatholicCulture.com on the Church's teaching on salvation outside the Church. The article was describing correspondence between the author and a protestant, who was questioning Catholic teaching on whether a Muslin can be saved. My favorite quote was "...that the Church teaches that any person who, responding to the grace he has been given, seeks to know God and do His will (or if he has no opportunity to know God, at least seeks to know the good and to do it) may be saved". This approach to salvation was not acceptable to the protestant, primarily do to individual interpretation of scripture. The article goes on to discuss the necessity of the magisterium in guiding our interpretation of scripture.

The article provides a great road map on how to discuss this issue with people. You can find the article here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

150th Anniversary Video Posted

Great video on the 150th anniversary of the Pontifical North American College. Take a look!

150th Anniversary Video Posted

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Haiti

I know we all have been praying for everyone in Haiti. The situation there is grave and we should all be giving a helping hand as best we can. For most of us, that means a financial donation to a reputable disaster relief organization (my favorite is Catholic Relief Services).

So it was with great horror that I saw what televangelist Pat Robertson had to say about the matter. The video of his comments are HERE.

The level of ignorance in his mind and the hate that seems to fill his heart is more than I can comprehend. And worse yet, people in this country actually listen to what this man says and believes it. On the other side, opponents of the faith point to men like Pat Robertson as the reason why our country should discard our Judeo-Chrisitian roots. He is wounding the Christian faith with his words. At this point all we can do is continue the work of our Lord Jesus Christ knowing that, in the end, all will be well.

Pray for the relief workers in Haiti. They have a difficult job in front of them.

And if you can, pray for the conversion of Pat Robertson's heart. He needs it as well.