Our Faith

  • April 1, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    History shows us that sons and daughters of Mother Church have paid the highest price for upholding and defending what they believed to be true about God. Catholic teaching about the procession of the Holy Spirit is as theologically rich as it is historical, and the culmination of this teaching, as found in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed, reflects the primacy that our Church gives to sound dogma.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez Contributor
    The oldest biblical account of the institution of the Eucharist comes to us from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. At the end of the narrative, St. Paul says something that is not found in either one of the four Gospels, but it is reflected in the Liturgy’s Memorial Acclamation options; “for as long as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, Contributor
    At Calvary, where Jesus conquered sin, the flesh, the devil, death and all of hell, Mary was given to us to be our mother. In his last moments Jesus shared his love for Mary with us that we might love her too and entrust ourselves to her care just as he did. It is a love upon which he bestows boundless blessing.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Bishop Michael Mulvey Diocese of Corpus Christi
    On the Feast of Christ the King last year Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation following the Synod on the New Evangelization from the previous year. It is a document that I believe can serve as a manual for us to examine ourselves as “missionary disciples” of Jesus Christ and on how we can better make him known and the truth of his Gospel lived in this modern times.
  • February 27, 2014
    Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice. Through prayer, we raise our hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving and praise. Prayer is our “vital and personal relationship with the true and living God.”
  • February 27, 2014 | by By United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from or “giving up” material things, including certain foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; “taking up” habits that our directed to helping others; and “lifting up” our brothers and sisters through prayer and devotion. By taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we recognize that to be evangelists, we must be evangelized ourselves.
  • February 27, 2014
    The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father Daniel Merz, Contributor
    In the early Church and, to a lesser extent still today, there were two fasts. There was the “total fast” that preceded all major feasts or sacramental events. The ancient name for this fast was “statio” from the verb “sto, stare” to stand watch, on guard or in vigil. The second fast was a fast of abstinence from certain foods, e.g., meats or fats. This was more an act of self-discipline and self-control.
  • February 27, 2014
    As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community.
  • February 27, 2014
    The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday March 5. While many look forward to this time for opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal, quite often many people see it as a liturgical season to dread focusing on “What am I going to give up?” “How long can I live without whatever it is I am going to give up?” “How many more days before I don’t have to give up whatever it is that I am giving up?”
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    As we begin our consideration of God the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, we first call to mind the fact that all life, spiritual and physical, comes from our Trinitarian God.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez, Contributor
    A year ago at the Inauguration Mass of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the occasion being the Solemnity of St. Joseph the Spouse of Mary, the Holy Father meditated in his homily on the humility and fidelity of the patron of the Universal Church. A few weeks later, the pope issued his first decree ordering that the name of St. Joseph be added to three Eucharistic Prayers.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS Contributor
    "It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably everyday/for lack/of what is found/there." Great poets have their finger on the pulse of their society.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen Mcdonagh, IWBS Contributor
    When you move toward a time of prayer, normally you look forward to it as a time that will be one of peace and joy. Sometimes, however, for one reason or another, you may be surprised to find that this is not so on this particular day and that it is very difficult for you to settle down to celebrate such a relationship with God.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    As we all journey through this earthly pilgrimage, we experience time and again the expectation to take tests, and pass them. Whether it be tests for school, work or sports, we know that we must pass requirements on days of testing, or the ability to proceed is denied.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Deacon Stephen Nolte, Contributor
    When looking for family role models, we cannot find a better one than the Holy Family, and with good reason. It provides Christian families everywhere a glance into family life. By reflecting on their persons and unity as a family, we can gain a great appreciation for their importance as role models and see God’s plan for the family revealed in them.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT Contributor
    One of the banes of modern life is the plethora of bad books, bad both in the sense of poorly written and bad in the sense of poisonous content. It’s an observation that can be applied to movies, music, TV and other forms of human activity as well.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen Mcdonagh, IWBS Contributor
    Mark’s Gospel is the earliest of the three Gospels known as the Synoptic Gospels—those written by Matthew, Mark and Luke. In them, we see an emphasis on activity as well as on prayer, all for the sake of the Lord.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez Contributor
    Jan. 3 is the liturgical feast day of the Holy Name of Jesus, an important devotion that comes to us from Pope Gregory X at the Council of Lyon in 1274 as a weapon against the heresy of the Cathars (Albigensians).
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    The Nicene Creed reminds us that Jesus’ ascension is an important event in the life of Christ, inasmuch as it is the crown of success and proof that our Savior overcame the world. It is not uncommon for Christians to think of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension as the same thing, however, such is not the case.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, Contributor
    Making New Year’s resolutions can be a tricky business.