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Our Faith

  • June 30, 2014 | by By Bishop Michael Mulvey, STL, DD South Texas Catholic
    In his Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy the Gospel,” Pope Francis explains the meaning and the place of the homily during our Liturgical celebration, especially on Sundays. He quotes from St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Dies Domini, “that the liturgical proclamation of the word of God, especially in the Eucharistic assembly, is not so much a time for meditation and catechesis as a dialogue between God and his people, a dialogue in which the great deeds of salvation are proclaimed and the demands of the covenant are continually restated.”
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    Our Christian belief in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins only makes sense in relation to the paschal mystery. The paschal mystery, basically, is our core belief in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT Contributor
    What does God think of humanity? What does God think of us? There is plenty of evidence to suggest that what we think he thinks, and what he actually thinks, are often two very different things.
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen McDonagh, IWBS Contributor
    During the summer months, many of us find that our daily schedule changes, at least for a time, long or short. We may take time to have a relaxing experience. However, after some time relaxing, we may begin to realize that we are not being as faithful to our prayer life. This lack of fidelity to our prayer life, however, is not a necessary part of our vacation.
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT Contributor
    In 1673, Jesus began appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a humble nun of the Visitation Order, in Paray Le Monial, France. He revealed to her the tender wonders of his love for her, desiring through her to reveal these same wonders to the whole world.
  • May 30, 2014 | by By J. Patrick Serna Contributor
    In the Nicene Creed, we profess our belief in the four marks of the church, namely, that she is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. In the Book of Revelation, one of the seven angels says about the church, “I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rv 21:9).
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Bishop Michael Mulvey, South Texas Catholic
    Pope Francis has called for a missionary transformation of the Church. He is calling all of us not to simply be disciples of Christ, but that we become “missionary” disciples.
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Bishop Michael Mulvey, South Texas Catholic
    In his Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis reminds us that we are not just disciples of Jesus Christ, but we are “missionary” –disciples.
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Father J. Patrick Serna, Contributor
    As Catholics, we listen to and believe in the public revelation of God’s voice as found in Sacred Scripture. We formally believe, as is stated in the Nicene Creed, that God the Holy Spirit has spoken to us through the prophets, and that these breathings of the Holy Spirit are for the sake of helping us on our journey to heaven, while still in our earthly tents here on earth.
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Father Rodolfo Vasquez, Contributor
    In the beloved account of the Annunciation handed down to us in the Gospel of St. Luke, the evangelist recounts the response of Mary who having been informed by the angel of the Lord’s conception finds herself capable of saying “fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum” (let it be done to me according to thy word) (Lk 1:38).
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Msgr. Morgan Rowsome, Contributor
    Edmund Burke, the Irish born author, orator, philosopher and member of the English Parliament once said: “Example is the school of mankind and they will learn at no other.”
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Sister Kathleen McDonagh, IWBS, Contributor
    Spring…Easter…New Life…on Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from death to new life and since then, the call to share in his new life is made to each one of us.
  • 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.