Sisters Esther Anderson, Elizabeth Scully, Teresa Frawley and Bridget McNamara are jubilarians for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia celebrated their annual jubilee weekend this summer for sisters who were celebrating 50, 70 and 75 years of religious profession. More than 200 sisters and lay associates gathered in Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Aston, Pa. for a Mass. The 27 Franciscan women represent 1,478 years of service throughout the U.S. as well as in other countries. Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Often, Catholics look to those in consecrated life as experts in prayer. Pope Francis declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life. The women and men in consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Portland have invited the public to join them for a celebration 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Valley Catholic High School.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia celebrated their annual jubilee weekend this summer for sisters who were celebrating 50, 70 and 75 years of religious profession. More than 200 sisters and lay associates gathered in Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Aston, Pa. for a Mass. The 27 Franciscan women represent 1,478 years of service throughout the U.S. as well as in other countries.
With this column I bring to a conclusion a lengthy catechesis on the subject of marriage and family life. I wish to briefly recall that the reason for this extended teaching has been the attention being given these days throughout the universal Church to this important topic. We are between two synods of the world’s bishops on the subject of the pastoral care of the family. Also we are preparing for a World Meeting of Families to be held this fall in Philadelphia with our Holy Father.
“Who am I to judge?” These may well be the most often quoted words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. They were delivered during an informal interview given by the Pope. These words have very often been taken out of context and used to imply the Holy Father’s support for all sorts of things, most notably the gay lifestyle and even same-sex “marriage.”
Blessed Pope Paul VI made what, at the time, seemed to some like exaggerated predictions of what could happen in society. He predicted that there could be an increase in marital infidelity, a general lowering of moral standards, a disregard for the reverence due to women in their dignity as human beings (making them into instruments to satisfy man’s desire), and the interference of government in the most intimate and personal dimensions of marital life and sexual love.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Many of my co-workers at the Pastoral Center have come and gone throughout the years. Generally, we honor their time with us by having a small gathering. Some of them have become good friends during our time together. Before they leave we often express our determination not to let our friendship wane. In the beginning, we meet for lunch, call one another and email. Then, sometimes suddenly, we realize that weeks have passed and we have not communicated. Our friendship flourishes again if one of us becomes ill or we encounter other problems. It seems easier to find a friend to share our hardships than it is to find someone to share the glad moments. “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” might account for that phenomenon.
Recently, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of the transition reflected a Gnostic anthropology, which is repugnant to a biblical view of the human being. I didn’t say a word about Jenner personally; I urged no violence. I didn’t question motives. I simply made an observation that the moral and spiritual context for transgenderism is, from a classically Christian standpoint, problematic.
One of the worst movie lines of all time is, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." On the contrary, our faith as married couples should encourage us to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness on a regular basis, to come before him and say with King David, “My offenses, truly I know them. My sin is always before me, against you, you alone have I sinned. What is evil in your sight, I have done.” Armed with the weapons of prayer and fasting we rend our hearts, turning back to our gracious and merciful God to show Him our dedication, love, and devotion.