- Terrorists desecrate Eucharist, destroy Catholic chapel in the Philippines June 27, 2017About 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked a town in southern Philippines, destroying churches and religious icons as well as desecrating consecrated hosts. Town members urged the community not to let these actions sow hostility between Muslims and Christians in the region.
- Pope says elderly in Church aren’t a gerontocracy, they’re grandparents June 27, 2017In a Mass on Tuesday marking the 25th anniversary of his ordination as an auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992, Pope Francis rejected complaints that lots of old people make the Church a "gerontocracy," saying the elderly have a key role to play as "grandparents," nurturing and giving hope to the young.
- British author challenges dubia cardinals, calls abuse of Pope ‘satanic’ June 27, 2017Stephen Walford, a British Catholic author, has challenged the four cardinals who submitted doubts about 'Amoris Laetitita' to Pope Francis to change course, arguing they're largely wrong on the merits and also fueling a 'satanic' form of abuse directed at the pontiff on traditionalist and conservative websites and blogs.
- Myanmar cardinal calls for independent investigation of war crime allegations June 27, 2017Cardinal Charles Bo has called on the government of Myanmar to move away from “positions that are not conducive to peace and its good name in the international community,” but also called on the supporters of the Rohingyas to “move forward maximizing peace based on justice at every opportunity.”
- Cardinal Sarah against the dictatorship of noise June 27, 2017In a new book, Cardinal Robert Sarah warns against equating silence with simply staying quiet: Silence is the manifestation of a presence, "the most intense of all presences." The cardinal says modern man is capable of all sorts of noise, all sorts of wars, and so many solemn false statements, in an infernal chaos, because […]
- Terrorists desecrate Eucharist, destroy Catholic chapel in the Philippines June 27, 2017
Category Archives: From Fr. JC Maximilian’s Desk
To all the fathers in the parish I want to wish a happy Fathers’ Day. I pray that it is a special day for you to spend with your family. For those of us whose fathers have passed away, today … Continue reading
Come July 1, we will be welcoming Rich Scanlon as our new Director of Evangelization & Discipleship Formation. This is a new position for our parish, replacing the position of Director of Faith Formation. Rich’s responsibilities will include implementing our … Continue reading
As some of you know, I had planned to lead a pilgrimage next October to both Lourdes and Fatima, in part, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima. Unfortunately, not enough people signed up, so I … Continue reading
In case you are wondering why I am not at the Masses this weekend, I am down in Burlington, NC officiating at the wedding of my oldest niece, Sydney. All of my immediate family will be there. After us not … Continue reading
During the Easter Season, there are a lot of things in the Church’s liturgy which reminds us of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Of course, the Easter Vigil, the most solemn Mass of the year, is the … Continue reading
Last week I wrote about how we are restructuring the Religious Education program. The goal to emphasize that we are forming disciples — which is what Jesus commands us to do. The Disciple’s Journal (which I am creating) is meant … Continue reading
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Jesus does not … Continue reading
We were created for joy. You never hear someone say, “You know, this whole joy thing is not for me. I wish I had a little bit more misery in my life.” We are created for joy, but we come … Continue reading
This week I will finish my discussion of the three major works of Blessed Dom. Columba Marmion. The main theme of Dom Marmion’s spirituality is that Jesus came to earth to be our model on how to live; that Christ … Continue reading
Last week I mentioned that Blessed Dom. Columba Marmion published three major works; Christ the Life of the Soul (1917), Christ in His Mysteries (1919), and Christ the Life of the Monk (1922). These three books, unfolds folding of Marmion’s … Continue reading