Remembering Christ in Faithful Citizenship

Posted by Fr. Pat Reidy, C.S.C. on Oct 29, 2019 7:01:00 AM

Somewhere between New Hampshire and November, American Catholics enter an increasingly complicated conversation with their fellow citizens. Navigating contests of “powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites, and media hype,” Catholics seek guidance from their Church in creating “a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.”[1] But conscience formation begins long before faithful citizens find their updated voting guides and issue scorecards. It begins with an invitation, and an act of discipleship, and Eucharist. Faithful citizenship begins with Jesus Christ.

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Topics: discipleship, Politics, voting, elections

Cultivating docility, a lesson from Our Lady of Good Counsel

Posted by Theresa Smart on Apr 26, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Yesterday’s post discussed the human need for counsel on the path to heaven, an important point for today’s feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. It is the virtue of docility, or “teachableness,” that opens our hearts and minds to receive counsel from prudent friends, mentors and teachers who are also seeking holiness.

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Topics: discipleship, prayer, Mary, saints, virtue, discernment

Cultivating docility, a virtue for life's decisions

Posted by Theresa Smart on Apr 25, 2019 7:04:00 AM

 

It is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18).

The ol’ rugged individualism used to be a mark of American pride, but our culture is discovering the folly of self-reliance.

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Topics: discipleship, virtue, friendship, discernment

Longanimity: The virtue of waiting for God

Posted by Theresa Smart on Feb 11, 2019 7:02:00 AM

This cold and dreary season is a time of waiting. Snow has grown stale, and we’re waiting for the flowers to bud; the joy of Christmas has passed, and we’re waiting for the vitality of Easter. Yet the Church reminds us that this Ordinary Time between great feasts is precisely the time for the spiritual growth that flows from delving more deeply into the mystery of Christ. Thankfully, even the tedium of waiting itself can contribute to our spiritual life! To see how, we need look no further than the virtue of longanimity.

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Topics: discipleship, spirituality, virtue

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on uniting justice and love

Posted by Theresa Smart on Jan 21, 2019 12:02:33 PM

[We] bow together in grief before the shameful murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a unique apostle of the non-violent drive for justice.1

Today we echo the Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish leaders who together honored Rev. King after his death in 1968, exhorting Americans to take up his mantle as “apostles of justice.” But especially given today’s tense political climate, we should also remember his refusal to sever justice from love. If King was an “apostle of justice,” it’s because he was all the more an “apostle of love.”

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Topics: Culture, discipleship, leadership, virtue, inspiration, holidays

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