The Pilgrim's Journey

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 14th, 2016Pope 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: August 31st, 2016Spiritual 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

Feast Day

St. Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 28th, 2016Church News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

(uCatholic) At the personal request Pope Francis, the annual July 22 commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene on the Catholic liturgical calendar has been elevated to a Feast Day, the same ranking as the individual commemoration of the Apostles. The decree, dated June 3 and published in Latin, was signed by Archbishop Roche and Cardinal Robert … Read More

May, the Month of Mary

Richard SontagLast Updated: May 5th, 2016Marian 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: April 12th, 2016Church 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: April 8th, 2016Church 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: October 19th, 2015Church 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: October 15th, 2015Church 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

USCCB President, Archbishop Kurtz, provides helpful analogy regarding Synod on the Family

R RLast Updated: November 10th, 2014Church News

(By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service) — Acknowledging that families come with complications, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminded his fellow bishops Nov. 10 that their role is to accompany their family of the church through their fears and concerns. “Evangelizing means witnessing to our hope in Jesus,” said Archbishop Joseph E. … Read More

Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod?

R RLast Updated: November 3rd, 2014Church News, Pope Francis

(Catholic News Service, by Francis X. Rocca)  Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis — even a “rebuke” to him. Journalists have pointed to the absence, in the synod’s final report, of an earlier version’s … Read More