Tag Archives: Sacrament

Trapped…Finding a Voice for Marriage

If you ventured into the world of Facebook at the end of March, you likely found yourself in a war zone.    Instead of profile pictures of faces, there was a sea of red equal signs and plus signs.  Nearly every status included an opinion on what marriage is or should be.  Angry comments were left on nearly every status.  Slogans were repeated.  Memes and graphics were used to defend a point.  Early on March 26, I found myself in the middle of the non-virtual war zone.  I was standing in the street in Washington, …

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Weddings Are A Day; Marriages Are For Life.

There are scads of television shows related to weddings. In most of them, it would appear that the groom is little more than accessory—someone to provide an accent to the bride, who is the star of the show. God certainly doesn’t seem to play much of a role in these affairs. When I watch these shows I wonder how long the actual marriages last. If the entire focus is on creating one perfect day, how much attention is being given to the days, weeks, months and years that follow?  I wonder if these young couples …

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Practicing Catholic: Principally Speaking

Being a practicing Catholic has to do with Jesus in our lives. It is the way we respond to and express two basic principles that were inherent in the life and ministry of Jesus and which continue to be operative in his church: the incarnational principle and the sacramental principle.  The Incarnational Principle The incarnational principle is that in Jesus God became a human being, a true and full human being with body and soul, with temptations and frustrations, with emotions and bodily pains. Only sin was missing in his human existence. Through the Incarnation, …

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The Sacramental Touch

A few weekends ago, the parishioners at St. Anthony Church said a fond farewell to Sr. Carol Leveque, who had been pastoral associate for five years. Church was full as the parish gathered for a single Sunday Mass so that as one they could pray with her one last time. It was a joyous celebration and most appropriate for someone who has given her life to ministry. Marking milestones at Eucharist reminds us that Christ gathers us together and sends us forth for all of the important works that we do. It was a joy …

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Family Wedding

Colleen: On May 12, 2012 our daughter, Sajah, married her friend and love, Earl.  She is the second of our children to marry.  Sajah’s wedding  was a different experience for me as a mother of the bride.  Sajah was an unexpected daughter.  She is our goddaughter who came to live with us as her legal guardians at age sixteen. The day before her wedding I spent running errands for last minute needs and decorating the reception hall.  The best part of that day was just being together.  I don’t remember any in depth conversations.  I …

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Going to Mass Together

John: My wife Colleen and I went to Mass together this Sunday.  That was a very nice change of pace for both of us. We don’t get that opportunity, to worship as a couple at Mass, as often as we would like because of my obligations as a deacon. Especially throughout Lent and Easter Season, I diaconate (participate in Eucharist as a deacon) every Sunday, while Colleen worships with the rest of the assembly in the church. That takes some getting used to. Colleen and I met on a blind date 32 years ago, in …

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Steeped in Weddings

Our lives are steeped in weddings.  We have three children engaged.  One niece married March 10 and another niece is marrying in July.  Between March 2012 and July 2013, we will celebrate five family weddings. And to boot, we have been invited to take part in three more weddings.  Wow!  Since we have five children and all are young adults and we have thirteen nieces and nephews, all of whom are young adults except two, this is a normal experience.  And, there may still be more family weddings and other weddings in the near future.  …

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