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Why Marriage is so Very Important In Culture & Civil Society

Humanum is an international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman, hosted at the Vatican. As part of the gathering, they released some AMAZING videos.The sixth (and unfortunately final – I want them to continue) video in the…

Nov 26 – Homily: The Most Important Cause in the World!

Father starts with giving us an overview of the life of today’s Franciscan saint, St. Leonard of Port Maurice. While not well known, his work has left a deep mark on the popular devotions and…
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Nov 26 – Homily: St. Leonard and the Stations of the Cross

Nov 26 – Homily: St. Leonard and the Stations of the Cross

Fr. Elias on how St. Leonard of Port Maurice did so much to promote the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, showing how meditating on the Cross which our Lord carried in love for us makes…

Pope: The Church Is on Pilgrimage to Heaven

By CNA/EWTN NEWS | VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided by the Lord, who will lead us to the fullness of joy and truth at the end of time.

“In today’s…

Nov 26 – Homily: God the Remunerator

We must believe that God exists and that He rewards the just and punishes the wicked. This truth is expressed in today’s liturgy. Ave Maria! Mass: St. Leonard of Port Maurice – Mem – Form:…
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The Church isn’t static – she’s a pilgrim on a journey, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2014 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his weekly general audience said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided by the Lord, who will lead us to the fullness of joy and truth at the end of time.

“In today’s catechesis we reflect on the Church (that is) on pilgrimage to the kingdom,” the Pope told those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Nov. 26 audience.

“As was well affirmed in the Second Vatican Council, the Church is not a static reality, but continually journeys throughout history to the final and marvelous goal, which is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The Church, the Roman Pontiff continued, is not an end in herself, but is rather the “seed and beginning” of what will be experienced in heaven.

When faced with this reality we realize that our imagination is limited, and that the splendor of the mystery of the Kingdom of God far surpasses what we are capable of seeing or perceiving it to be, the Pope observed.

Questions that arise with realization are often “when will this final passage take place? What will the new dimension of the Church be like? What then will happen to humanity? And to the Creation that surrounds us?” he noted.

Scripture tells us that although we do not know the day or time that the Lord will come again, we know that he is preparing a “new dwelling,” in which “the universe will be transformed and we will be fully enveloped by joy, peace and the love of God in the new heavenly Jerusalem,” the pontiff explained.

Pope Francis then spoke of the beauty of the communion that exists between the heavenly and earthly Church, saying that the Church in heaven sustains and guides us through her intercession.

The Kingdom of God, the pontiff explained, “is already inside of us, (but) we go forward journeying with God; Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who are the fullness (of the Kingdom).”

As members of the pilgrim Church on earth, part of our mission entails praying for the souls in purgatory who are waiting to enter into eternal happiness, he continued.

However, he noted that from the Christian perspective, distinction is not made “between who has died or who has not, but between who is with Christ and who is not; this is the fundamental and decisive element for our happiness.”

The Bishop of Rome then referred to the writings of St. Paul, noting how the apostle tells us that at the end of time it will not only be humanity that is freed from corruption, but also the entirety of creation.

“All things will be brought into the fullness of being, truth and beauty. This is God’s design for us and the Church’s vocation,” he said, explaining that paradise is not so much a place as it is a state of being.

In this state, which is being prepared by for us by God, all of our hopes will be fulfilled and we will be freed from all evil, including death itself, the pontiff observed.

“Although we (often) ignore the time in which the end of all creation will arrive, we know by Revelation that God is preparing for us a new earth, where justice will dwell and happiness will satisfy the desires of the human heart in a superabundant way,” he said.

The Roman Pontiff concluded his address by asking for the intercession of Mary in helping us to be signs of hope for our brothers and sisters.

He greeted pilgrims present from various countries around the world, including England, Kenya, Nigeria, Canada, the United States, Spain, Argentina and México.

Fostering Our Most Important Job as Mothers

By Sarah Reinhard | What’s the most important work of a mother?

We don’t need to look farther than Mary for our inspiration. We’re told in the Catechism (#965) that

After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of the Church by her…

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Ferguson, Mo., Nov 26, 2014 / 04:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconcil…

Courage Film Stirs Dialogue, Offers New Direction for Outreach

By JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND | SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Paul Darrow looked out into the audience gathered for the Nov. 21 screening of Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a documentary film shown during the annual Faith Formation Conference in Santa Clara,…

Pakistani Christian Man Dies While in Police Custody

Pakistani Christians are increasingly fearful after a 35 year old Christian man was tortured and killed while in police custody in Lahore. Rakha Shahzad was arrested by local police on charges of selling drugs and alcohol, charges that the family says…

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