Have you ever felt that the challenges of being an authentic disciple are just too great? Have you ever been overwhelmed by Jesus' teachings? Love your enemies; pray for your persecutors. Offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other. In giving alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure. Store up treasure in heaven. Forgive without limit. Do not turn away the borrower. Sell what you have and give to the poor. Judge not, lest you be judged.
Faith & Parish
Faith and Justice: During his U.S. trip Pope Francis spoke forcefully about the need to trust the Spirit and to be creative in being an evangelizing presence in the world.
NCR Today: Catholic parishes throughout the U.S. are shutting their doors, due in part to a priest shortage. Some organizations believe ordaining married priests is the answer.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
Professor of theology predicts the synod may move the dial on allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to participate in Communion and on welcoming gay people and their families into the church
A small c catholic: One of my differences with Catholic sacramental theology has to do with tying a central church belief to an outdated science, which strikes me as odd.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.
NCR Today: The interim administrator of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese is inviting Catholics to a series of listening sessions and asking for input as the archdiocese waits for a new archbishop.
Simply Spirit: In our U.S. church, female ministers and lay leaders probably outnumber priests by at least 10 to one, so it’s disheartening that none were included in prayer services.