Declare 2020 the Year for Marriage & the Family in Your Parish

As a young priest in Poland, Saint John Paul ll, then Father Wojtyla, became very close to a circle of young people while serving as a chaplain to university students in Krakow. As they married and had children, their families received spiritual and pastoral guidance from Father Wojtyla that would inform his work well into his years as Pope John Paul ll.…

Living the Year of Mercy at Home- The Corporal Works of Mommy and Daddy!

(Article originally posted at Dr. Greg’s patheos.com blog…)

Pope Francis has declared this to be a Year of Mercy but…so what?  What does it mean to be merciful?  And what difference does this year make to families?

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy illustrate that mercy meanstreating others in a way that allows them to see their worth in God’s eyes.

A “NO” TO A “NO” IS A “YES”

Written by BISHOP-ELECT ROBERT BARRON

(Originally Posted on wordonfire.org)

One of the commonest complaints against Catholicism is that it is the religion of “no,” especially in regard to the sexual dimension of life. As the rest of the culture is moving in a progressively more permissive direction, the church seems to represent a crabbed, puritanical negativity toward sexuality.…