The Pilgrim's Journey

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their … Read More

Rome

Rome: The Eternal City

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

It takes a traveler mere minutes in Rome to understand why she is called the “Eternal City.” As you speed from the airport, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica suddenly looms from beyond the Vatican walls, and time seems to turn in on itself. Insta-communications and all the glories of the present age become as … Read More

May, the Month of Mary

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Marian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

May, is the month of Mary. Let us take a look at what some of our Popes and Church leaders have shared about our Blessed Mother Mary. “May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come … Read More

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis, US News

(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to … Read More

Amoris Laetitia : Joy of Love

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis’ summary document on the two synods on the family released today does not explicitly allow remarried divorcees to receive holy Communion, as some had feared — but it comprehensively covers complex pastoral challenges to the family, in a long text that leaves much open to interpretation. The document, signed on … Read More

First canonization of a married couple; Pope canonizes the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ’s disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and “suppress our instinctive desire to … Read More

Cardinal Dolan Among Concerned Bishops Who Wrote Pope about Synod

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News

(CNA, by Ann Schneible)  New York’s archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year’s Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates … Read More