Monthly Archives - June 2017

The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today, June 23, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, why is this an important feast for Catholics? As Pope Pius XII explained in his encyclical Haurietis aquas (On Devotion to the Sacred Heart), the Sacred Heart is the foremost symbol and expression of Jesus’s love for us. As such, it is “the foundation and the culmination of the Incarnation and the Redemption.” The devotion extends [...]

St. Thomas More: A Statesman for All Ages

I am by no means the most informed citizen, yet I doubt that I am alone in observing that there is a problem with modern politics. In the recent presidential election, Americans were subjected to unnecessary and offensive language from both major parties, scandals and subsequent cover-ups, and a general lack of integrity and common decency—all among contenders for the highest elected office in our country. And so we wonder, are there any good politicians left?  As Catholics, we question [...]

St. Joseph: A Model for Fathers

This Sunday, June 18, we honor the men who are fathers in our lives, and especially our own fathers. Both parents fulfill specific, essential roles within the family, which we see demonstrated foremost by the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph within the Holy Family. Nevertheless, research has shown that the specific presence of the father in the home is incredibly important for a child’s development. Children with absent fathers are at greater risk for a number of risk factors, [...]

The Sign of the Cross

The sign of the cross is one of the first gestures we learn to make as Catholics, and yet for all of its simplicity, the gesture is often unintentionally bungled. Although for many of us the gesture has become a deeply ingrained practice, we frequently overlook its symbolism, even as we bless ourselves at the beginning and end of our prayers, when entering and leaving a church, and before the Blessed Sacrament, as well as numerous other times throughout [...]