The Serra Club of Portland on March 7 hosted an annual dinner honoring seminarians from the Archdiocese of Portland. Families of seminarians were invited, too. More than 35 members of the vocations-fostering club welcomed more than 20 seminarians. After dinner, each seminarian introduced himself and family members and discussed his faith journey.
In my last column before Easter in this series on marriage, the foundation was laid for why the Church has anything to say at all on these issues of marriage and family life, and why the faithful should rely on this teaching as solidly revealing the truth. The Church, by the will of God himself, teaches with authority and with the mind and heart of Christ himself on matters of faith and morals. This is an authority that the risen Christ gave to the Church through the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know that marriage and family life are facing challenges today unlike those that have been seen in previous generations. In this series on marriage that I have been presenting, it is time to take a look at these pastoral challenges to marriage in our time.
By nature, I am a storyteller. Once I would have said that was because I come from an Irish background. Today, I would have to say that I tell stories because organized religion has always centered on stories of faith and because faith lives where Scripture and the community come together in our lives.
CHICAGO — Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year. The director allows the spiritual, specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge. I realize that it probably strikes a contemporary audience as odd that Cinderella might be a Christian allegory, but keep in mind that most of the fairy stories and children’s tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm found their roots in the Christian culture of late medieval and early modern Europe.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Christianity is a commitment to expect the unexpected. Easter, our reason for enthusiasm and hope, is a reminder of what Jesus has done and continues to do for his people. As we relive Christ’s paschal mystery, we are reminded of a future greater than we would otherwise have dared to believe. Jesus’ resurrection is a pledge of continued and renewed life.