In this video, Dr. Pitre gives insight into the Biblical foundation for Ash Wednesday, as well as the rationale and purpose of the season of Lent. He addresses questions such as: Why do you we use ashes? Why are we asked of the Church to increase our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during Lent? Is Lent
What are the biggest problems faced by today’s Catholic teachers and principals? How can the Catholic teacher share the Church’s teachings on sexuality with young people, in a world that is so resistant to it? Catholic schools are uniquely positioned to transform culture, make Jesus Christ known and loved and help young people find, develop
One of the most marked social trends of the last thirty years has been the shift away from the home as the centre of family life. An odd paradox has emerged from all this: We spend a significant amount of money on our homes to spend less time in them. There has been an explosion
Reframing The Debate The greatest contribution of Laudato Si, to my mind, is an overview of the environmental crisis from a religious point of view. Until now, the dialogue about the environment has been framed mainly using political, scientific and economic language. Now the language of faith enters the discussion — clearly, decisively and systematically.
Pope John Paul II organised the first World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, Italy, in October 1986. In all there were 160 religious leaders including 32 Christian religious organisations and 11 other world religions. The Pope closed the meeting with the call to continue spreading the message of peace and to “live the
By Owen Vyner For some people adoption seems quite mysterious as though it is an altogether different experience of parenthood. We have to admit that there are definite differences. For example, we first held our children at Denver International Airport and not in a hospital. We had no ultrasound images to pass on to excited
Heather, who blogs at Mamma Knows, Honeychild wrote and illustrated this hilarious portrait of her family’s prayer life. It’s just too good not to share an extract with you! You can read the whole thing on her blog, but you may find yourself giggling and laughing out loud so maybe don’t read it at work...
Here are six ideas for you and your family to fully participate in the graces of this holy year, though they are good for every day, every year! Forgive those who have hurt you. Is anyone estranged from you because of a past conflict? Reach out to them in love this year. Tell them you
Pope Francis likens the Church to a field hospital in a battle field. The Catholic Church is not an exclusive country club for saints, rather it’s an emergency room for sinners with Jesus as the chief surgeon, blood and organ donor. His chief instruments are not a scalpel and forceps, but the Sacraments of Reconciliation