Fr. Alberto Barattero, IVE
A couple of months ago a person remarked, “Today Christ seems like a weak king.” “Why?” someone else asked. “Because he seems like a king that does not reign.” “Sorry, I do not understand you”, said the other man. “Christ” responded the person – “should be the King of the Universe, but, in fact, He does not reign since: a third of the world does not know Him; a third of the world knows Him but does not love Him (those who practice another religion other than Christianity, such as Muslims and Hindus, belong to this group); and the majority of those who confess Him in fact deny Him through their actions (bad Christians).”
Interesting reasoning, isn’t it? Are we right to be celebrating the Feast of Christ the King of the Universe? Must we confess that Christ is the King of the Universe? Yes, we must confess this, as Pope Leo XIII states: “His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right
Br. Peter Trinko
It is not difficult to see that we live in a wounded world. Broken families, civil unrest, anxiety, wars, social injustice... the list could go on and on. We are made for the unconditional love of God, and yet what we see and face each day seems so far from it, leaving us all badly wounded. While wounds can be just (discipline for a mistake), imaginary (insinuating an offense that didn’t occur), or disproportionate (one exaggerates the level of offense), many wounds are in fact ‘real’, meaning they are an act of injustice. If left untreated, these wounds, like a thorn in one’s body, will cause one to become infected with the disease of resentment.
We all desire to heal from these wounds, but how can we do so?
Br. Jacob Fluech
For many non-Catholics and even many Catholics, the way that the Catholic Church honors Mary can seem confusing, weird, or just downright unbiblical. It might seem that, by honoring Mary, we are worshiping her or are taking away from the honor that should be given to God alone. How does the Catholic Church explain its intense devotion to Mary? Well, although on the surface the Bible seems to say very little about her, when we dig deep into Sacred Scripture, we do find Mary, in a profound way, and we can understand the high praise that Catholics give her.
Deacon Peter Nguyen, IVE
In the days before the coming of Christ, the common view held by the Jews concerning the Messiah was that of a social and political savior, someone who would liberate them from their temporal woes and oppressions. He was to fulfill their utopian aspirations of being free from the Romans and live comfortable lives in fame and prosperity. As a result, many Jews settled for the false gods of other nations where it seemed more appealing in fulfilling their hopes. Like the Jews, we may find ourselves seeking an alternative plan of salvation in another “kingdom.”
Over the past few months, our society has been troubled by so many different causes such as illness, economic struggles, unnecessary violence and destruction, political tension, etc., and needless to say how these have contributed to our struggles within our hearts as well. For some, it may seem that a solution needs to be applied primarily at the social level. But the answer is much deeper and, sadly, often downplayed