Blog Posts for "Church"

Revisiting Gaudet Mater Ecclesia

St. John XXIII, Pope Today the Church celebrates the memory of St. John XXIII, who served as Pope for only five years (1958-1963).  It was on this date that Vatican II, the ecumenical council he was inspired to convoke, opened in 1962. It’s a good opportunity to read and reflect on Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, John XXIII's opening address to the Council.  While his speech certainly contains many concerns and expressions rooted in that time, much of it retains a prophetic freshness both for our Church and for the many challenges that our world faces...

Marks of the Church

St. Vincent Ferrer Acts 4:32-37; John 3:7b-15 “What are the four marks of the Church?” a catechist might ask her class of second graders preparing for First Communion.  There may be some silence.  After all, some of their parents may not be able to answer the question!  But hopefully at least one (if not all) will be able to answer, quoting what we know as the Nicene Creed:  “One, holy, Catholic and apostolic!” Today’s passage from Acts provides a different but certainly complementary list: United:  “The community of...

Mother and Lesson

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 “Church is more than a building” is a phrase that is often bandied about when people are dealing with issues of restoring or renovating our houses of worship or even more commonly when the talk turns to clustering, consolidating, merging and closing parishes.  We use it to underscore the reality that the church is ultimately not so much a place but even more a community, not so much a structure of wood, stone or some other material but a people rooted...

Another Question to Ask

Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11; Luke 10:25-37   “Who is my neighbor?” That’s the question a scholar of the law asked Jesus when, as Luke puts it, the man wanted “to justify himself.”  That is, he wanted to clarify if not rationalize his observance of God’s law of love.  But in his story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus challenges him and us with a deeper question, one that was posed in a different set of circumstances to Jonah:  How will I respond to who...

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