Today is Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

TEXAS CATHOLIC COLUMNISTS

Parishioners pray following Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Bartram)

A journey through the Lenten season with Qoheleth

Life can bear the stamp of a perpetual Lent for many people, believers and non-believers alike. The desert is the dominant symbol for the church’s annual preparation for Jesus’ Passion, death and resurrection, joining our meditations and mortifications to the Israelites’ 40 years of wandering and Jesus’ own 40 days of temptatio Read more

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Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. there was a triple knock on the door of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Who was knocking? It turned out to be the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, recently of the rainy slopes of Juneau, Alaska, now seeking to bring a new spirit of renewal to Texas. Read more

One fruit of the president’s executive order putting a stop to immigration from seven majority Muslim countries for a period of 120 days has been confusion and chaos. The stated purpose of the order was to make our country safer, to call for a pause in the processes involved in people emigrating from these countries and fleeing as refugees from persecution and war; to allow for additional vetting procedures to be put in place. Read more

There is a contradiction in our culture which crosses all divides. It has to do with freedom. On the one hand, we are all taught to cherish freedom, whatever our social, religious or political background. But on the other hand, we tend to run from freedom as far as we possibly can. Read more

After a not too long wait, our diocese has been informed that our next leader will be coming down to these parts from the state of Alaska. This announcement has stirred up some powerful memories from my past. Read more

For the philosophers among us, the question of why clothes both express and conceal some aspect of our body-soul unity would be an intriguing topic of secular conversation. From the theological point of view, garments are featured at some of the most crucial moments of salvation history narrated in the Bible. The feast of the Epiphany is the perfect time to ponder the symbolism of clothing beyond the happy contemplation of little baby Jesus wrapped in his “swaddling clothes.” Read more

One of the most powerful memories of my trip to the Soviet Union in 1972 was a visit to an Orthodox church on the feast of the Assumption (they called it the Feast of the Dormition of Mary). Read more

The designation of Christ as “King of the Universe” can sound a bit fantastic to a secular or cynical mind. The title, so simple in concept and yet audacious in claim, could easily be applied to a mythological hero or a comic book character, fictional greats who have seemingly usurped the role of models worthy of imitation by children and adults alike. Read more

What a dynamic celebration we experienced at Holy Cross in October in a holy event honoring Sister Thea Bowman. After much planning and vigorous preparation, we assembled in the church to listen to the personal testimonials of folks who had met and had been influenced by Sister Thea. Read more

Many Catholics are asking themselves this question. It is important to let it challenge us. We are in a difficult situation, and it is healthy to admit it. Otherwise, we risk becoming closeminded, divided and politically ineffective. Read more

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