1. “Peace be to this house!” In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6).
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
So let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: “Peace be to this house!”
2. The challenge of good politics
Peace is like the hope which the poet Charles Péguy celebrated. It is like a delicate flower struggling to blossom on the stony ground of violence. We know that the thirst for power at any price leads to abuses and injustice. Politics is an essential means of building human community and institutions, but when political life is not seen as a form of service to society as a whole, it can become a means of oppression, marginalization and even destruction. Jesus tells us that, “if anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mk 9:35). In the words of Pope Paul VI, “to take politics seriously at its different levels – local, regional, national and worldwide – is to affirm the duty of each individual to acknowledge the reality and value of the freedom offered him to work at one and the same time for the good of the city, the nation and all mankind”. Political office and political responsibility thus constantly challenge those called to the service of their country to make every effort to protect those who live there and to create the conditions for a worthy and just future. If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.
Immaculate Conception is having their monthly First Friday Devotion with Mass at 5:30 PM on Nov. 30 and all night adoration till 7:00 AM with Mass following. The Knights of Columbus will recite the Patriotic Rosary at 6:00 AM and confessions will be offered. Please sign up to spend time with our Lord in meditation this Nov 30 - Dec 1. To sign up go to: www.volunteersignup.org/9LFYC
Office of the General Secretary 3211 FOURTH STREET NE WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 202-541-3100 FAX 202-541-3166 His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston President
Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L. Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, S.T.D. Linda D. Hunt, M.S. General Secretary Anthony R. Picarello, Esq. Associate General Secretaries
To: All Bishops From: Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary Date: November 15, 2018 Subject: Statement of His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President, for the Closing of the November 2018 Plenary
Your Eminence / Your Excellency,
I take this opportunity to convey to you the text of the statement of His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President, issued at the closing of the November 2018 Plenary Assembly. This statement follows below.
Thank you for your kind attention to this memorandum.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.- John 3:19-20
The Diocese of Fairbanks is seeking to hire a Director of Faith and Family Formation. This position will be part time and is responsible for promoting family ministry, religious education, sacramental preparation, and youth/young adult ministry throughout the diocese by providing resources and opportunities for parishes and diocesan regions to strengthen their outreach and catechesis to individual and families of all ages and social situations. Candidates should have a letter of support from their current pastor stating they are a Catholic in good-standing, regularly involved in the life of the parish, possess a B.A. in Theology or comparable field, or demonstration of knowledge faith appropriate to the position. Five years’ experience in a diocese or parish is highly preferred. This position will remain open until filled. Interested individuals should submit a resume to email@example.com.
Every quarter, priests and religious in our diocese gather in Fairbanks for personal and professional support days. Bishop Zielinski invites all Catholics to join our clergy and religious at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday, November 6 from 9am to 3pm for a day of prayer, fasting, and penance for greater holiness in the Church. Clergy will be praying the rosary throughout the day before the Blessed Sacrament, so please join us!
"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
The Catholic Church has traditionally set aside October as Respect Life Month. In the Alaskan Bishops’ Pastoral Letter published in February of this year, “Living in the Image and Likeness of God: Human Dignity and Divine Designs,” we emphatically repeated our unwavering stand for the sacredness of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We must be that voice for the most vulnerable of children, especially the defenseless unborn. In fact, we must protect the dignity and sacred image of all people, for every person is made in God’s own image.
All things are in the hands of God. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. Colossians 1:17-18
I knew a devout Catholic woman — a daily Mass attendee — who was married to a violent-tempered man several years her senior, who was not a particularly good father, either. Despite her spouse, this loving mother did her best to raise her three children in the Church.
Two of their children stayed faithful to the Church throughout their young adult years, but one son not only strayed morally, but joined a new age cult the year he started university. He succumbed to life’s physical and intellectual temptations, which led him far from his family and faith. As he became blind to the Truth and bound by sin, his mother feared he was lost.
She was crushed, but never gave up on him. As her tears flowed down over the years to flood the earth, her prayers floated upward to appeal to Jesus, Mary, and the Saints.