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Have you ever thought about the early church and what it looked like? Scripture tells us that the first Christians devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to loving one another, to prayer, and to the Eucharist. It says that they regularly met in the Temple, shared meals in each other’s homes, and cared for each other (Acts 2:42-47). Continue »
Inside This Issue
Exploring The Mystery of the Church
The months leading up to the new translation of the Mass last year saw an explosion of commentary from Catholics every-where. Magazines, newspapers, and blogs were filled with people saying all sorts of things, both positive and negative, about the translation. Continue »
The Church As Sacrament
We all know the seven sacraments of the church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. But did you know that there are two other sacraments? Did you also know that these two sacraments, while not part of the “official seven,” are the source for the seven sacraments and the entire reason why these seven sacraments exist in the first place? Continue »
Jesus' parables tell us who we are.
If, as the popular song says, a picture paints a thousand words, then Jesus’ parables must be in a class by them-selves. The pictures he painted in these stories have inspired not just thousands but millions of words! Continue »
In his book, "Models of the Church", Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ, described different ways of looking at the church and its role in the world. According to Cardinal Dulles, we can see the church as: Continue »
The Prophetic Life and Legacy of Fr. Augustine Tolton
If Fr. Augustine Tolton had restricted his ministry to other African-Americans, he might have provoked less opposition. But when white people sought him out, a jealous local pastor demanded that he send them back to their home parishes. Puzzled but smiling, Fr. Tolton responded, “Why, Father, we open the doors to the church. We do not tell people to go out, we tell them to go into the church.” Continue »
I had to see the entire universe before I could hear God.
It’s the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child that usually comes to mind when we think about the feast of the Epiphany. But the word ”epiphany,” which means “manifestation,” refers not just to a particular event but to a sudden realization or appearance, especially from God. In this sense, an epiphany is God speaking to us. And when he does, it’s like the earth moving under our feet, with thunder and lighting all around. Continue »