Archbishop Alexander Sample speaks to campers at Quo Vadis Days.
CORBETT — Seventy young men from Western Oregon parishes gathered Monday through Thursday at CYO/Camp Howard to learn more about the Catholic faith and to discern whether they are open in their own lives to a call to a vocation to the priesthood. Friday, June 27, 2014
CORBETT — Seventy young men from Western Oregon parishes gathered Monday through Thursday at CYO/Camp Howard to learn more about the Catholic faith and to discern whether they are open in their own lives to a call to a vocation to the priesthood.
When it comes to marriage, the Catholic Church teaches it’s best for couples to take a candid look beforehand. To be wed in the church, pairs must go through significant preparation so they won’t be surprised when the honeymoon ends.
Retrouvaille is French for “rediscovery.” It’s the name of a program that offers married couples a chance to again find a loving relationship in their marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have saved their marriages by attending a weekend. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with the weekend on June 20-22, call 1-503-225-9191 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org.
One of the most moving moments for me since the election of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, occurred on the day after his election. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Roman Basilica of St. Mary Major. There he prayed before the image of our Lady under her title “Protectress of the Roman People” an image very dear to the faithful of Rome. What was Pope Francis’ first instinct upon his election as supreme pastor of the universal Church? To run to our Blessed Mother for her motherly love, guidance and protection!
No matter how one looks at it, May 19, 2014 was a day of monumental significance for Oregonians. On that day a federal judge ruled that the language voted into our State Constitution by Oregonians 10 years ago, recognizing marriage as being between one man and one woman, was unconstitutional according to the U.S. Constitution. This ruling and the consequences of it will have a profound effect on all of us. Marriages between persons of the same sex are now possible and recognized in our state.
We are nurtured by the love and care that our mothers give us all through our lives. I often tell young people that no matter how old you get, or how important you THINK you are, you are always your mother’s child.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Parables have a dimension beyond their literal interpretation and even beyond the multi-layered meanings found in ordinary tales. It is meaning provided by the context of the Church and the believing posture of those who hear them.
July 6, 2014 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Each year, on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July thousands of Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Eritreans, Filipinos, Koreans, Latinos, Poles, Croats and Russians gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Grotto) for the annual Freedom Mass. This celebration reminds those of us who so easily take our freedom for granted about the real meaning of this holiday.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us are at least somewhat concerned about the opinions of others. How much we care about their opinions has more to do with our relationship with them than with the status of the individuals themselves. Only those who truly know us have valid opinions and those who know us best have the truest opinions.