Today is Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Christ the Good Shepherd is depicted in tile outside St. Anne Roman Catholic Church in Gilbert, Ariz. The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7 this year, reflects on Christ as the Good Shepherd. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

God’s word frees us over and over

There is a certain wonder and mystery about the Ordinary Times of the church liturgical cycle. Every year our Masses change from white to red to violet to green just like the Earth wobbles as it goes around our magnificent star which we call our sun. This produces the times and the seasons we call summer, fall, winter and spring. Read more

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Pentecost, which we celebrated last Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles (Acts 2:1-47). Shortly before Jesus suffered, died and rose again, he promised an advocate, teacher and counselor to his budding church – the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31; 16:4-24). He promised “to dwell” in us: to animate our lives as individuals and as a community. Read more

Congratulations to our school grads in these first days of June 2017. Do you remember how you felt as a recent grad from the academic world? The future was a challenge that you readily accepted. The real world was waiting for your wonderful contribution to justice and peace. Read more

During his public ministry, Jesus would often come to his hometown to visit and to relax. It was on one of these occasions that someone in the crowd cried out, “blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” Read more

I am convinced Catholics have an important gift to give to the world through the “social teaching” developing in the Church since Rerum Novarum in 1891. But even though all the popes between Leo XIII and Francis have put the economic, political and social impact of the Gospel at the forefront of their agendas, the world is still thirsting for this teaching. Read more

The basilica of San Clemente in Rome features a stunning apse mosaic depicting the cross of Christ as a tree trunk bearing immense fruit in the form of circling vines and flowers. The radiant colors and decorative forms make visible an idea cherished by the early theologians of the Church: that the cross is truly the tree of life, from which the first man and woman were barred after the original sin. Read more

During this Lenten season, the refrain after the reading from the prophets has warned us, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts!” This warning has a two-fold difficulty. In the first place, it is hard to discern just what God’s voice sounds like and in what circumstances God wants to capture our attention.
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“Hope rather than fear,” St. Thomas Aquinas taught, is the true “cause of confession.” An act of love, confession “gives us life,” he said. It’s a sacrament which “opens the gate of heaven.” Read more

By Father Thomas Esposito Special to The Texas Catholic Among the myriad treasures of Sacred Scripture, one of the most neglected has to be the Letter to the Hebrews. It receives relatively little attention in the liturgy, and I imagine

What is the difference between evangelization and proselytism? As Christians, we have been commanded to go out and “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). And yet, we are sensitive to the conflicts that emerge from proselytism, or from attitudes that are — rightly or wrongly — sometimes associated with Christian missionaries: an argumentative spirit; an inability to admit mistakes or to learn from someone else; and an indifference to others beyond what it takes to convert them. Read more

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