Seminarians Santiago Torres; Dalton Rogers; Nate McWeeney, a transitional deacon; and Dustin Busse talk outside the Mount Angel Abbey Church. As leaders at the seminary, the men seek to build fraternity and deepen spirituality among their classmates.
ST. BENEDICT — On top of everything else students experience at Mount Angel Seminary, many seminarians get opportunities to lead. They’ll be pastors, after all. Some may even become bishops. Wednesday, October 26, 2016
If possible, every Catholic should see Israel, Rome and well-trodden places like Lourdes and Compostela. But here are three hidden gems for Catholic who may want a quieter day while traveling in the Holy Land or Europe.
The Church must be ready and willing, as Pope Francis has exhorted us, to accompany people on their spiritual journey. But the Church must always remain faithful to her mission and to her Savior in proposing the path that leads to true happiness, holiness, peace and joy.
We need to see these “if onlys” as the particular cross that we are called to bear at this time in our life. It is precisely these crosses that help mold and strengthen us in our Christian lives and witness. These crosses are the path to true holiness.
Faith communities are rediscovering the theology of hospitality and it is highly related to all of our ministries. We no longer lukewarmly welcome visitors, but enthusiastically expect them. Instead of simply trying to fit them in, we need to plan for the stranger.
Our celebration is a pledge to unite men and women. It is a pledge to acknowledge our unity in the Risen Lord even at a time when our disunity is manifest whenever we read the daily newspaper or tune in the evening news.