There are many choices we make in our lives. There are the everyday ones such as deciding what to wear for the day and what to eat. We think about whether or not we will go to a doctor when we are not feeling well and how soon we will go. Then there are the major decisions that affect who we are and the responsibilities we freely choose. One of the questions we ask when a couple comes in to arrange a wedding is, “Are you giving your consent to this marriage freely and of your own accord?” Marriage is a wonderful choice for a man and a woman to give themselves to each other totally and completely. It is a choice to stand with and support one another, “in good times and in bad” and to “love and honor one another all the days of their lives.” That is an awesome, powerful, life-giving choice.Then there is the choice to have children and to nurture them with their love - another awesome, powerful, and life-giving choice.READ MORE
“O, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” These words from our national anthem that is sung so often at public gatherings are printed as a question in the version that I read. It is not so much asking does a flag or what it symbolizes wave over our land, but are we truly free and brave? We as Catholics have an even more powerful and inspirational sign hanging in places in our home and in places of honor and reverence in our church buildings, we have crucifixes with Jesus hanging on them. There is no greater example of love, freedom, and bravery.READ MORE
Now what? Simply put, the purpose of offering FORMED to the parish is to help us grow in knowledge of our faith. St. Peter in his first letter tells us, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (3:15). As Catholics, we have a responsibility to know about our faith, we don’t just live by blind faith. Very often learning about what the Church teaches can be overwhelming.READ MORE
Our society has a great need to speak about the faults of others. Look at the news on TV or in the newspapers. There is much more pointing out faults and the evil that is done by human beings than is speaking about the good that is done every day.
We began the season of Lent by having ashes placed on our foreheads and being told: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” We were not told to avoid the sins of others or to stop talking about them, but to look into our own hearts to see where we need to turn away from our personal sins. Most of us do not commit sins or do evil that would make headlines in the news, but whenever we sin we become far less than we are capable of being.READ MORE