Month: January 2013

More Instruction on the Nature & Beauty of Family & Marriage

The Church’s understanding of the human person as well as her understanding of the family and marriage are beautiful, and timely (timeless!).  Today’s instruction comes from the Compendium Of The Social Doctrine Of The Church.  I apologize that the footnotes are not included, but for further reading and study, you may access the entire document through the Vatican Website: b. Importance of the family for society 213. The family, the natural community in which human social nature is experienced, makes a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the good of society. The family unit, in […]

Catholic Schools Week: Come Join Us!

As I write this greeting for Catholic Schools Week, it is January 4, the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  St. Elizabeth one of the founders of Catholic Education in the United States, meaning, Catholic Education in this country proudly carries a 200+ year tradition.  Just as it was a tremendous sacrifice when St. Elizabeth began educating young children in the Baltimore area, it continues to be today. But, we also know that sacrifice is also a part of our Catholic tradition, and when it is appropriately associated with the cross of Jesus Christ, […]

A Teaching on the Dignity and Sanctity of Marriage from Vatican II

In light of the Pastoral Statement issued yesterday regarding marriage and family, complimented by the invitation to spend time reading the documents of Vatican II in this Year of Faith, it seems appropriate to follow up the statement with some Church teaching around the beauty of marriage.  I offer today a paragraph from Gaudium et Spes. (48)  This Document from the Second Vatican Council was one of the final texts issued by the Church Fathers from this Council.  It is a beautiful expression of the life of the Church in the modern world.  This section […]

A Pastoral Statement to the Faithful of Wyoming Concerning Marriage and Family

In this Year of Faith, the Church draws our attention and energy to the New Evangelization.  The main objective of this New Evangelization is to draw people into relationship with Jesus Christ.  We wish to strengthen our experience of the life and love Christ came to renew, namely, the life and love of God Himself.  The New Evangelization invites each of us to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is Christ who reveals the true meaning of life.  Christ came to preach the Gospel of God’s Kingdom, that we might know God and live in […]

Your Words, Lord, are Spirit and Life (Psalm 19)

My focus for this weekend’s homily was inspired by listening to Fr. Robert Barron’s homily.  You can find his homily through his Word of Fire Website, here.  My own reflection, though similar, takes a different direction than Fr. Barron’s. Our first reading this weekend is from the Book of Nehemiah (8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10.)  Nehemiah and Ezra are active in the renewal of the faith of Israel and the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple after the Babylonian exile.  It is a time when the faith of the people had been weakened through many accommodations with […]

Life: Origins in the Trinity

St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians teaches: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world…”  This is perhaps one of the clearest Scriptural teachings that the Author of life is God, through the Word, Jesus Christ.  St. Catherine of Siena must have been profoundly aware of this text when she teaches about the generative Love of God.  In her Dialogue, St. Catherine reveals this prolific […]

Vocation: What’s Yours?

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week.  I have offered Masses this week asking that all people come to a deep realization of God’s love for them and how that love is experienced most profoundly in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  For me, this is the starting point of coming to know what one’s mission in life entails.  We believe that God is the author of all creation.  Indeed, this is why Jesus preached with authority (Mark 1:22), because he is the author of all life.  One line that remains with me from Pope Benedict XVI’s new […]

Mary Mother of God; Humanity Restored to Divine Image

Here is my Homily for today’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.  Please be assured of my prayers for all of you that this New Year may be filled with many graces and blessings, all of which flow from Jesus Christ. Today, the Church celebrates the Motherhood of Mary.  We celebrate today what the Angel Gabriel told Mary at the annunciation, that ‘nothing is impossible for God.’  We celebrate the mysterious power and love of God that would allow a virgin to conceive the Son of God.  We celebrate the […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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