Who would have imagined on Feb. 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as Archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero — who was suspicious of the Catholic Church’s involvement in political activism — would die a martyr’s death for courageously defending his people against the murderous assaults of the Salvadoran government, military and right-wing death squads?
The sanctuary in La Divina Providencia Hospital Chapel in San Salvador reminded me at once of being present at the site of Jesus’ crucifixion in Jerusalem. There is something very sacred about being present where innocent blood has been shed.
In this year of our Lord 2015, we celebrated the 1982nd anniversary of Jesus’ most precious gift, himself, in the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. This Sunday, May 24, we celebrate Pentecost, the 1982nd birthday of the universal Church, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
When Pope Francis comes to the United States in late September, chances are good that he will arrive in the middle of a bitter, highly politicized national debate on same-sex marriage and religious liberty.
This is my story about how I was given a light, a way and a chance that saved my son’s life.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was fearful and uncertain. My friends asked, “Are you going to keep it?” Obviously, I had a choice.
“On the evening of that first day of the week,” according to the Gospel of John, “when the doors were locked, where the disciples were … Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”
San Francisco’s archbishop is in the crosshairs of powerful cultural foes — other Catholics.
When my 80-year-old grandmother began to forget her eldest child, my mother, it was hard for our family to comprehend. No one ever imagined that a person as beautiful, strong and vibrant as my grandma could look at her little girl and not know who she was.
Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.”
Respectful dialogue is absolutely necessary to root out the weeds of violence. Respectful dialogue communicates first and foremost from the heart. It speaks from the heart and listens from the heart.
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