I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show “Vikings.” Friends had told me that “Vikings,” curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right. Don’t get me wrong, there is enough violence, pillaging, plundering, sword-fighting and political intrigue to satisfy the most macho viewers; but “Vikings” is also drenched with religion
Mount Angel Abbey's Fall 2016 lecture series begins on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. Father Stephen Clovis, professor of Scripture and director of pastoral formation at Mount Angel Seminary, will give the first presentation of the fall series: “Divine Mercy: What Does God Tell Us?” He will explore what God has told us about his mercy in both the Old and New Testaments.
Many people have reduced being a good and faithful Catholic to being nice, tolerant and doing good works. They think if we do service projects for the poor and needy, and don’t make any judgments about human behavior and sin, then we are fulfilling the Gospel mandate.
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.