|12/24/00 Chicago y Mexico: fraternidad y colaboración
Over two hundred pilgrims from Chicago celebrated the feast of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, at the basilica in Mexico City,
near the spot where the Blessed Virgin appeared to a Mexican named
Juan Diego in 1531.
12/17/00 How God Works to Set Everyone Free...
Towards the end of this year of Jubilee, the celebrations for
particular groups are coming quickly one after another, reminding
us of the universality of Gods grace, which transforms all sectors
of human society.
12/10/00 Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem God has been uniquely present in the history of the human race
in events that took place in the land now ruled by the state of
Israel and the Palestinian authority. The Holy Land is paradoxically
both a place often visited by violence and yet the symbol of a
peace this world cannot give.
12/03/00 Love beyond the grave: praying and giving
Death does not create a barrier higher than loves reach. In the
love of the risen Christ, even death no longer totally divides
those who live here fully integrated with their body and those
who, before the resurrection, do not.
11/19/00 A funny thing happened on the way to the polls
Nov. 9, in the Churchs year of grace, is the annual liturgical
celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral
of Rome, St. John Lateran.
11/05/00 Pastoring with Courage and Prudence: how would Jesus do it?
ABCs Nightline last week devoted two programs to a story from
St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston. A young man of the parish shot
and killed another young man.
10/29/00 St. Thomas More: law, politics and conscience
St. Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor of England and martyr
for the Catholic faith, has been for many years the patron saint
of lawyers. As a saint, he was also a master of that difficult
moral terrain where law meets conscience.
10/22/00 World Mission Sunday 2000: Whos hearing the call?
This past week, Rome hosted a World Mission Congress, sponsored
by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
10/15/00 Penance, Mission, Mary: the Jubilee for Bishops
Group after group has come together this Holy Year in order to
bring to their particular state of life the graces of the Jubilee.
10/01/00 The face of evil: Demons and death
I guess I should write about exorcism, given the play its received
this past week.
09/17/00 Unity: in Society and in the Lord
September is Unity Month in Chicago.
09/03/00 World Youth Day, 2000: Jesus Christ, Yesterday, Today and Forever
Listening to two million young people sing Jesus Christ, you
are my life at the closing Mass for the jubilee for youth (Rome,
Aug. 15-20) was the real start of the new Millennium for me.
08/20/00 Pastoral charity, medical care and the AIDS epidemic
The National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry held its annual conference
in Chicago at the end of July.
08/06/00 The ecumenical movement and changes in the Church
In Denver a couple of weeks ago, the Episcopal Churchs representatives
in convention voted to enter into a formal alliance with the members
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
07/23/00 The Body of Christ and the ministry of historical reconciliation
On the morning of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ,
June 25, I celebrated Mass at Holy Trinity Church, which serves
Polish-speaking Catholics, many of them immigrants.
07/09/00 Jubilee for Prisoners: freedom and the ninth of July
Reconciliation and the freedom it brings are the heart of this
Jubilee year. In the middle of the year, July 9 has been designated
by the Pope as the Jubilee for prisoners.
06/25/00 Romes International Eucharistic Conference and Chicagos Field
Archbishop Edward Egan, born in Oak Park but most recently the
Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was installed as Archbishop
of New York on June 19.
05/28/00 The Globe: Up here and down under
About a year ago, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Australian
Bishops Conference invited me to spend the week of May 21 in
05/14/00 Mothers Day/ Womens Day/ Dorothy Day
Cardinal John OConnor, the Archbishop of New York, was buried
on May 8 from St. Patricks Cathedral.
05/07/00 Easter time and Jubilee: preparing for Corpus Christi
A new evangelization and renewed charity are the goals of the
jubilee celebration this year.
04/30/00 Divine Mercy Sunday: the canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska
The Second Sunday of Easter has come to be called Divine Mercy
Sunday by Catholics who believe that in 1937 Christ asked a Polish
woman religious, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, to begin a novena on Good
Friday and pray for Gods mercy for a different group of people
each day until the Second Sunday of Easter.
04/23/00 Eucharist and Hope: the life of the Church
Into our minds and hearts in Holy Week enter the ordained priesthood,
the Holy Eucharist, and the pledge of glory yet to come.
04/16/00 Jesus: born of a woman, crucified and risen
If one goes to Mass daily during Lent, which Catholics often try
to do, the Scripture readings for each days Eucharistic liturgy
bring one into the dynamics of sin and forgiveness in order to
allow one to enter more deeply into the mystery of Christs death
for our salvation.
04/09/00 Lent: a season for fasting and giving alms
St. Peter Chrysologus, a fifth century Italian bishop, tells us
that: Fasting is the soul of prayer; mercy is the lifeblood of
fasting. If we have not all three together, we have nothing.
As we learn to pray more intensely in and for the world this Lent,
we accept also the disciplines of fasting and almsgiving as necessary
parts of marking this season of penance.
04/02/00 Lent: a season for prayer in and for the world
Lent is a season for more intense prayer, and prayer is conversation
with God. But how can one speak to and with God in and for a world
that has come of age by declaring independence from God?
03/26/00 Religion in Politics: playing the anti-Catholic card
Im writing this on St. Patricks Day. A few years back, a clever
little volume called How the Irish Saved Civilization was being
read with a great deal of satisfaction by all those with a few
drops of Irish blood, and the author has since followed up with
a book or two about other nationalities.
03/19/00 The Sins of the Church: Gods forgiveness and human memories
Last year, when I joined the congregation of Temple Shalom, the
historic synagogue on Lake Shore Drive, for Sabbath prayer, we
prayed together for this holy congregation.
03/12/00 The Decalogue: Commandments and Conscience
Because of well-publicized outbreaks of violence not only in the
streets but also in some schools, a movement to post the Ten Commandments
in school corridors or classrooms has taken hold in some states.
03/05/00 The Cardinal I Never Knew: George Mundelein
Last week saw the second anniversary of my being named a Cardinal
by Pope John Paul II. The day passed quietly, but it was for me
a moment to consider the office itself and to think a bit about
my predecessors, especially one who was styled, the first Cardinal
of the West.
02/27/00 The Progeny of Abraham: Jews, Christians and Muslims
Unable to visit Iraq this year, Pope John Paul II, while remaining
in the Vatican on February 23, led a spiritual pilgrimage to Ur
of the Chaldeans, the place of origin of the Patriarch Abraham.
The site of ancient Ur, called today Tal al Muqayyar, is in southern
Iraq and was to have been the first goal of the papal pilgrimages
during this Jubilee Year.
02/13/00 Artists and the Faith: Is God Beautiful?
Often enough we say that God is good or that God is truthful.
Not too often do we hear that God is beautiful. Gods beauty,
apart from consideration of the physical features of the Son of
God become man, has to be different from physical beauty. There
is a splendor about the mysteries of faith, however, that leads
mystics in particular to experience in some fashion the beauty
of God himself.
02/06/00 The Passing of Time
The millennium celebrations so much in the news at the New Year
marked a moment in human history, but birthday celebrations mark
moments in personal time. A couple of weeks ago, as I celebrated
my birthday with some of my family, I read Pope John Pauls recent
letter to the elderly.
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