Choosing a 2016 Advent Calendar

This week, the Church begins the season of Advent, the first season of a new liturgical year and the time we set aside to prepare for the coming of Christ: both his coming into the world at Christmas and his return in glory at the end of time.


One challenge facing us—and parents especially— is keeping Advent as its own season, while all around us, the world seems steeped in Christmas, which for us doesn’t begin until Christmas Eve. With all the shopping, entertaining, and advertising we have to contend with, how do we keep Advent as a time of prayerful preparation for the Lord?

Accompaniment & Politics

Ten Tips on Dialogue from Pope Francis

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis calls dialogue “essential” for family life. His guidelines on dialogue are easily applicable to civil society as well.


Can you imagine how this election cycle might be different if we challenged ourselves, candidates, political parties, commentators, and others to follow Pope Francis’s advice?


1.  Recognize the real importance and dignity of the other person.


Recognize others’ right “to think as they do and to be happy.” Pope Francis challenges us to acknowledge the values of the other’s “deepest concerns” and what he or she is trying to say (no. 138).


 

Pray Your Way to an Evangelizing Heart

At it's core, the New Evangelization has everything to do with this question: Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?


If we want to be intentional disciples who live the New Evanglization in our parishes, schools, workplaces, and homes, we must begin by deepening our own relationships with God.


A central tenet of Pope Benedict XVI's teaching on the New Evangelization focused on the centrality of prayer in this mission. Benedict XVI understands prayer as holding a two-fold significance in evangelization:

Holy Week with Dante

I have been wanting to read Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy for some time, but have always been too busy to begin. However, after learning of Pope Francis’ high valuation of the poem, I knew that I could no longer delay.



Through his writings, Dante, is a man who invites us to regain the path of our human journey and the hope to once again see the bright horizon where shines the full dignity of the human person.



Happily, I have found the poem to be much more understandable and enlightening than I had envisioned. Despite its Medieval nature, the poem ignites the deadened imagination and reminds the reader of the undeniable human desire for God.


Dante’s Divine Comedy begins with Inferno, which describes the principle character’s journey through hell. I began Inferno near the beginning of Lent and have found it to be an excellent aide to Lenten preparations for confession. Journeying through the various rings of hell, and the corresponding human sins, invites the reader to make an interior journey into the depth of one’s own soul.


Dante’s punishments are carefully crafted to reflect the underlying nature of unholy human behaviors. The vivid images compel the reader to determine if one’s current state of being corresponds to the state of the punished sinners.


For example, Dante’s pilgrim encounters a group of souls who lived their life with no real purpose. They were too cowardly, or too lazy, to devote themselves completely to God or even to adamantly resist Him. As the pilgrim watches, he sees a blank banner go by:

Fully Alive: Summer 2016

Theology of the Body Series

Discover the meaning of life & the purpose of love


Wednesday Evenings
June 1, June 8, June 15, June 29, July 6 & July 13
6:30 - 8:30PM


Location:
St. Raphael the Archangel Parish
830 S. Westhaven Dr
Oshkosh, WI 
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Cost:
There is no charge to attend the series.*




Presented by Burning Hearts Disicples in collaboration with the Diocese of Green Bay Department of Education.
A Diocese of Green Bay Ongoing Catechetical Formation Course.


In this 6-part series, learn more about the legacy left behind by St. John Paul II. This introduction to his Theology of the Body will explore these questions (and more):



  • What does Scripture reveal to us about who God is? About who we are?

  • Why do I have to go to Church? Why can’t I just pray by myself?

  • How is God’s Divine Design revealed in sacred art and architecture?

  • What exactly is God’s Plan for sexuality? What does the Church really teach about sex?


*Materials Needed: 


Participants will be encouraged to read selections from Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by St. John Paul II which is available for free online.  Copies of the text (as well as other resources) will be available for sale during the course.


A free-will offering will be accepted to help defray material, hospitality and presenter costs.


 


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