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Living the Truth in Love - Saint John Paul II – the October Pope

October 22 is the Feast of Saint John Paul II.  His feast is celebrated on the day when he was formally installed as the Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church.  He was elected the 264th Pope on October 16, 1978, and chose to have a relatively simple Papal Installation rather than the usual

Living the Truth in Love - Saints for October - Teresa and Therese

The month of October celebrates two great saints and doctors of the Church, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux.  These two great Carmelite sisters, while from very different backgrounds, nationalities, times, and attitudes, share much in common with each other.  What they share in common also

Living the Truth in Love - October – The Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary.  During this month, we concentrate our attention on Mary, Our Blessed Mother, who leads us to her Son as we continue on our journey of faith in this life.  The Rosary offers us a unique opportunity to come to Jesus through Mary.  All of the Mysteries of the Rosary

Living the Truth in Love - Live the Gospel of Life

Respect Life Sunday takes place this year during the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the encyclical of Saint John Paul II on life, Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life.  He gave us this great gift on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, 1995.  Indeed, through Mary’s yes to God’s will, the Son of

Living the Truth in Love - Priesthood Sunday – We Joyfully Look Forward to the Eucharist

This year, the United States Council of Serra International has designated Sunday, September 27, as Priesthood Sunday.  We are familiar with and grateful to the members of Serra within our Diocese who promote, foster, and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Serra’s promotion of

Living the Truth in Love - Homily - Diaconate Ordination - A Call by Name

Like so many other recent events, the celebration of our diaconate ordination this morning is different than usual due to the limitations imposed by safety measures for the coronavirus.  Our attendance is limited but, the Church is fully present with us as we celebrate this happy day for the life of

Living the Truth in Love - The Healing Gaze of Mary

Pope Francis has continually encouraged us to pray to Mary during this time of the coronavirus pandemic.  He reflected in his letter on April 25 that, “Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of

Living the Truth in Love - The Dignity of the Person and of Labor

May 1, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, is Labor Day in Italy.  On this occasion this year, Pope Francis observed how the coronavirus crisis could be an opportunity to re-center work on the dignity of each person.  Speaking of the exploitation of many migrant farm workers in Italy, the Pope

Living the Truth in Love - A Huge Leap Forward for Humanity

Each year, as we enter the month of September after the summer, we look forward to a more normal pace of our life.  However, this year we are not quite sure of what normalcy is as we continue to face the uncertainties and restrictions which the coronavirus has placed upon us.  At school reopens, it

Living the Truth in Love - Our Restless Hearts

On August 28, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who made a tremendous influence on the life of the Church.  He was born on November 13, 354 and died on August 28, 430 A.D.  He is considered among the most important Fathers of the Church and his voluminous