Every Sunday we solemnly declare in the Profession of Faith that we believe in “One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” God, who is love, by his very nature creates. It is in the very nature...
Ask the average Catholic “How did the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council affect the Church?” and the responses will include: “Mass began to be said in English.”, “Lay people began to read at Mass and help at holy Communion.” “The altar was turned around and the priest faced the people” and “what was the Second Vatican...Remembering Vatican II
Unlike the other 15 documents produced by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which stemmed from suggestions sent to the preparatory commission by bishops and scholars, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) originated in a pastoral letter to Belgian Catholics.
Wednesday, January 30, 20130123God has made himself known to us through the created world around us, the sacred Scriptures and most perfectly in the person of his son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord told St. Phillip in the Gospels, “Phillip, he who has seen me, has seen the Father.” From these sources, we learn that God is an infinitely perfect being with no...
In an interview in 1967, Bishop Thomas K. Gorman, who participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, shared some of his thoughts on the event. Unlike many others he was not surprised by the announcement of an Ecumenical Council.
Wednesday, January 30, 20130127Fifty years ago if a Catholic family had a Bible, it was probably large, sitting on a table, used to record births, marriages and deaths and preserve memorial cards, but seldom, if ever, was it read.
By Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel
Special to The Texas Catholic
Jesus Christ is the universal redeemer of the world for all ages. The one Jesus Christ, second person of the Holy Trinity, son of God and son of Mary, became a human being to offer Himself out of love for us, to pay for the sins of all human beings and restore us to...
Wednesday, January 30, 20130130For many, if not most, Catholics the Mass is the touchstone of their faith. It is the external sign of being a good Catholic. Participation in the liturgy is more than just going to church. It is physical communion with the Body of Christ. It is where we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, in his word and in his people.”
Wednesday, January 30, 20130171Belgian Cardinal Leo Suenans, one of the presidents of the Second Vatican Council, spoke frequently about “surprises of the spirit,” of which there were many surrounding the council.