Faith and Life

The Shadow of the Cross

During daily Mass, I found myself contemplating the large crucifix over the altar. I gazed at the image of Jesus, taking in the particulars of his face, his posture (limp but not sagging, head bowed slightly), and the flow of the cloth around his hips. I didn't realize I was doing this until my gaze… Continue reading The Shadow of the Cross

Faith and Life

No Room For You

The innkeeper had no incentive to care about the exhausted and expecting couple. Caesar Augustus had called a census, and everyone within at least five miles of Bethlehem was either on their way in to be enrolled or on their way out. He was occupied with his own affairs; his inn was full. "Sorry," he… Continue reading No Room For You

Faith and Life

Family is the Permanent Catechumenate that the Sacrament of Marriage Needs

Pope Francis, in union with the overwhelming majority of Catholic bishops, priests, deacons, and lay faithful, has a deeply pastoral concern about the current state of marriage. In a recent address to students at a marriage and family life course in Rome, the Holy Father called for a permanent catechumenate for the sacrament of marriage,… Continue reading Family is the Permanent Catechumenate that the Sacrament of Marriage Needs