This year, Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Sunday. The solemnity supersedes the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time and offers Lectionary readings unique to its themes. All the readings focus on our status as "children of God" (second reading) called into loving and eternal relationship with God and with all those who belong to God.
Preview: The saints were real flesh and blood to my Irish aunts. The lives and examples and protection offered by each saint was personal.
Preview: Janet Gildea, SC, a contributor to Global Sisters Report, began chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer, an experience that she will be sharing in GSR over the next several months.
Faith and Justice: In the last chapter of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that the path to change comes through education and spirituality.
Growing up, the priest would sometimes end Mass with a prayer for the “conversion of the Jews.” Nostra Aetate, celebrating 50 years, showed that teaching can, and sometimes should, change.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus doesn't want everyone to be destitute. ... God made the earth and the planets and everything that is as a gift for all of us."
The Francis Chronicles: The path to conversion, Pope Francis said, is made "a little bit each day" even when there are difficulties.
How often do we secretly find ourselves standing with James and John, hoping for the public recognition of being with Jesus in glory? Having read the Scriptures and learned something of manners, few of us would be as unsophisticated and obvious as they were. (Matthew 20:20-23 makes their mother the petitioner, thus salvaging something of the brothers' reputation.)
Young Voices: We Catholics like visible signs that point to bigger realities. And for my money, there’s no better tangible sign of hope than Cubs fans at Wrigley Field.
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.