|12/26/99 Signposts in a Field of Time: listing great events
At the end of one calendar year and the beginning of another,
commentators and pundits create lists of the most important events
and people of the year coming to an end and occasionally hazard
a guess about what will be of importance in the year to come.
12/19/99 Jesus Family Tree: counting the ancestors and the ancestors who
Family genealogy has become a small industry. Americans who used
to be content to identify with the future and forget the past
are now searching for roots.
12/12/99 The Universal Call to Holiness: Jubilee and Eucharist
At the beginning of the U.S. bishops annual meeting two weeks
ago, Cardinal Hickey of Washington, D.C., dedicated a monumental
marble frieze on the back wall of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
12/05/99 Christ Will Come Again: longing for a change
Advent is to prepare us for Christmas, when we see clearly that
God has become man, that the eternal Wisdom of God assumes human
nature and takes human flesh of the Virgin Mary, when Christian
humanism is born in the mystery of the Incarnation.
11/28/99 A House of God for the Household of the Faith
At a moment in the Churchs history when ecumenism has become
clearly intrinsic to the Churchs sense of her mission in the
world, the decrees of the Council of Trent (1537-1542) are being
studied with new insight.
11/07/99 Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium
A year from now, citizens of the United States will elect a president,
the House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate, as
we do every four years. The primary campaigns in the political
parties have been in the news for many months
10/31/99 Reformation Sunday: l999
The anniversary of Martin Luthers nailing his ninety five theses
to a church door in Wittenberg in 1517 is celebrated each year
on the Sunday nearest to October 31. For centuries, Lutheran and
other Protestant congregations on Reformation Sunday heard a sermon
about the errors of the Church of Rome and occasionally, Im told,
about the Pope as anti-Christ.
10/24/99 The New Evangelization and World Mission Sunday
This Sunday, all the dioceses of the world will celebrate World
Mission Sunday. This annual celebration tries to deepen Catholics
understanding of the Churchs mission and gives an occasion for
Catholics to pray for missionaries and to help support them financially.
I hope all give generously to the world Mission collection on
10/17/99 The Great Jubilee and the New Evangelization
The preparations for the celebration of the Year 2000 outlined
in the last two columns should help to make us an evangelizing
10/10/99 Sanctifying space and time: The Great Jubilee, (part 2)
In exploring, last week, how the creation narratives in the book
of Genesis show God making time and space holy, we come to understand
how the celebration of Great Jubilee 2000 calls us to enter in
a new way into our time and our space.
10/03/99 The Great Jubilee: sanctifying space and time, (part 1)
A time of Jubilee is a time when God sets us free of sin and of
other limitations as well. Space and time limit our activity;
but they are as subject to God as are we. God is the Lord of history,
and the call to celebrate a Jubilee is a call to enter again into
Gods space and time and to be set free by him. Jubilees send
us on pilgrimage, because God makes space and places in it holy.
09/26/99 Catechetical Sunday l999: God our Father, God of Love
Last Sunday, September l9, the universal Church marked the 64th
celebration of Catechetical Sunday. In 1935, the Holy See began
this annual event, in order that the minds of the Christian people
may be directed to religious instruction. The decree which called
for Catechetical Sunday also called it a Feast of Christian Doctrine,
and asked that each parish celebrate it with as much solemnity
09/12/99 Jean-Baptiste DuSable and the future of metropolitan Chicago
Learning Chicago history fifty years ago, I heard of the Potawatomi
Indians, who inhabited what is now Cook and Lake counties for
centuries; but they were considered, unfairly, mostly in the light
of an event we called the Fort Dearborn Massacre.
09/05/99 The Baptists are coming, the Baptists are coming...
A few weeks ago, I met with a large number of Filipino Catholics
from many different parishes in the Archdiocese in order to talk
about how the pastoral mission of the Church here can better meet
the special needs of this Catholic people. Sometimes Catholics
from Filipino families are overlooked in the Archdiocese because
they are not congregated in particular parishes but live out their
faith in many parts of the city.
07/11/99 Welcoming and Praying, in season and out of season
In the fourth and fifth century, theologians in Constantinople
complained that they couldnt get their hair cut without hearing
an argument about the Blessed Trinity from the barber and the
people in the shop. Trinitarian theology was at the center of
peoples lives because God was at the center of their lives, and
their understanding of God affected everything else they did or
06/13/99 Chicago Priests and their Archbishop in Convocation
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this year fell on June
11, the last day of the priests convocation. The feast of the
Sacred Heart has been celebrated for the last five years as the
World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.
05/30/99 The Church in America: Chicago and Mexico City
As the Church and the world enter a new millennium, the mission
of the Church has to change to accommodate new challenges. Globalization
is a term much tossed about.
05/16/99 Mothers Day in the Mother Land
On May 6, many Americans celebrated the 48th National Day of Prayer.
I was in Washington, D.C., to begin the day of prayer in the Caucus
Room of the Cannon House of Representatives office building.
05/09/99 Ministry to homosexuals; chastity and charity;
chastity and charityCatholics and other Christians turn to Mary
with many requests and in all circumstances, but one reason to
pray to Mary is to ask her to protect our chastity. Chastity,
as a Christian virtue, is that form of self-control in sexual
matters that permits us to live constantly and joyfully with God.
05/02/99 Staying spiritually connected: vocations versus violence
Last week in the midst of an ongoing war in Yugoslavia in which
Albanian Kosovars are daily made refugees by the army of their
own country and Yugoslavian military targets are daily bombed
by the NATO forces, 14 high school students and a teacher were
killed or committed suicide in Littleton, Colo. Faced with a tragedy
which seems even more senseless than usual, the media and many
others raise a question about Gods goodness: How could this
happen, if God is good?
4/04/99 This Good Friday, praying for the peace of Jerusalem...
Among the prayers which accompany the Good Friday liturgy are
those from the psalms which invite us to pray, especially on the
anniversary of the Lords crucifixion, for the peace of that city
which is a symbol for the peace of Gods kingdom, the Jerusalem
on high. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is also in the prayers
of the Jewish community at Passover.
03/28/99 If you had been here, my brother would not have died...
The fifth week in the Churchs Lenten journey is spent with Lazarus
and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. All were Jesus dear friends.
Lazarus died and Martha, in her grief and from her faith, complained
that Jesus had not saved him (John 11: 21-22). Jesus, however,
used even death as a sign to show who he is and he raised Lazarus
from the dead. Finally, Jesus used his own death to defeat death
for all of us.
03/21/99 The Man Born Blind: growing in faith and holiness
The fourth week of Lent brings into our journey a man whom Jesus
cures of his blindness (John 9: 1-41). Never to have seen the
faces of his parents or friends, the light of the sun, the objects
surrounding him, the man born blind is pictured for us as someone
seeking to see. Lord, that I may see, is his call. He asks Jesus
to cure him, and he gains both sight in his eyes and insight into
03/14/99 The Woman at the Well and Women in the Church
The third week of Lent is lived in company with the Samaritan
woman whom Jesus met at Jacobs well (John 4:5-42). She came looking
for ordinary water and Jesus led her to the source of living water,
which is his gift of the Holy Spirit. St. Augustine calls the
Samaritan woman a symbol of the Church not yet made righteous
but about to be made righteous.
03/07/99 Listening to Christ in San Antonio, in Chicago and in our hearts
Last Sunday I was in San Antonio, Texas, celebrating Mass in that
citys historic San Fernando Cathedral.
02/28/99 Lenten reflections on a pilgrimage: Conversion is a trip
The pilgrimage of love to Constantinople and Rome that ended last
week was many things: an occasion for some Orthodox and Catholics
from Chicago to come to know and appreciate one another more deeply,
a journey of discovery of sites and events that united us for
a thousand years, a moment in a hopeful but often difficult dialogue
between two sister Churches.
02/14/99 Pilgrimage of Love: Ministry of the Bishop and his Life with God
When this piece is published in The New World, I will be in Turkey
with Metropolitan Iakovos, the Presiding Hierarch of the Greek
Orthodox Church of Chicago. When the Patriarch of Constantinople,
Bartholomew I, visited Chicago a year and a half ago, he invited
Bishop Iakovos and me to visit him in Istanbul, the modern name
for the city founded in 330 A.D. by the Emperor Constantine after
he gave freedom and imperial recognition to the Christian Church.
01/31/99 A Continent of Hope becomes a Continent of Life
Last week, in Mexico City, Peter came to where Mary once stood,
and he brought all of us around the altar of her Son, our Lord.
In his homily during Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
on Jan. 23, Pope John Paul II spoke of America as a continent
of hope, a designation Latin Americans have often used to describe
their lands. He then called for the continent of hope to become
a continent of life. There are signs that this can happen.
01/24/99 Full Communion: the week of prayer for Christian unity
Each year at the Easter Vigil, parishes have become used to receiving
into the Catholic Church those who have already been baptized
with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We
call this reception a coming into full communion, which means
that those who were already one with us through baptism are now
becoming fully one with us so that they can receive all the gifts
that Christ wants his people to enjoy.
01/17/99 Human Rights and the 'Moral Structure of Freedom'
At the beginning of this last year of the second Christian millennium,
the Bishop of Rome has written a New Years message to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration
of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948.
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