Essay: As we celebrate Pentecost, what is the message from the three biblical readings that should resonate in a special way?
Pentecost has often been described as the birthday of the church. Perhaps it might be more accurate to refer to Pentecost as the celebration of the Spirit, who, like a midwife, tends carefully to the birth of the community of believers.
Chant and dance can "awaken a powerful, experiential response that takes people beyond what a verbal recitation does."
I just returned from a family vacation and was looking for some inspiration. I was therefore pleased -- or should I say, filled with the Holy Spirit -- to read the article by Cindy Wooden on the pope's visit with 50,000 charismatic Catholics. Seeing the picture of Pope Francis kneeling to be prayed over by this assembled group was really something extraordinary.
My Table is Spread: Washing one another's feet -- literally, for dirty feet can't be washed metaphorically -- is exactly what Jesus meant. It is not a philosophical concept.
Celebration Publications: The largest immigrant group in the American Catholic Church is not the Irish--it's the Germans. June 5 is the feast day of the patron saint of Germany, St. Boniface.
WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
By Jade C. Angelica
Published by Skinner House, $16
This winter, three good friends and four admired colleagues died. As my generation winks out, there is plenty of time at funerals to think about grief and comforting the brokenhearted. It isn't easy.
Before formulating a missionary strategy and before recruiting others to help them in their ministry, the Eleven first prayed.
Editor's note: This essay by Kerry Cronin is reprinted with permission from "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life," the Spring 2014 issue of C21 Resources, published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. The 38-page glossy, magazine-style publication contains 17 essays by various authors examining such topics as "intimacy in the age of Facebook," sexual relationships inside and outside marriage, intimacy in celibacy, theology of the body, intimacy between generations and intimacy with God.