By Sr. Estela M. Morales, SHM
It has become even more frequent to go into a school gym and see students in the lotus flower position, or lying on a tatami mat with their eyes closed and with silly smiles on their faces practicing mindfulness.
During the last years, hundreds of manuals concerning this have been published and conferences, retreats, and talks about mindfulness have multiplied, presenting it as a compliment to prayer or as a way of dealing with anxiety or stress.
Unfortunately, this has extended even to the Church and we can find these techniques practiced in retreat houses and even taught as school subjects.
By Sr. Miriam Loveland, SHM
At a given moment, Jesus looked at the Jews who began to believe in Him and said to them, “…you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn 8:32). Upon hearing that phrase, many were indignant and began to dispute with Him saying that they had never been slaves of anyone. In other words, they didn’t need to be set free. Jesus was pointing out a much deeper slavery than the physical one, and a much more dangerous one. Nowadays, there is constant talk about freedom and about reclaiming it where it isn’t found. It would not be easy to find someone who does not desire it, and yet there are very few who really reach it. They don’t obtain it because they’ve lost sight of the intrinsic connection that freedom has with the truth. Without the truth, you cannot live in freedom, because it would mean living in a false, inconsistent, and unreal world.
By Sr. Sara Lozano, SHM
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima (Portugal). Amidst the tumultuous time of World War II and the Russian Revolution, God sent Our Blessed Mother to the world so she could remind her children to return to God before it would be too late. In Him alone would they find peace and hope. God would reign in the world through the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The “Lady dressed in white” entrusts this important message to the three humble shepherd children: Lucia, age 10, and her cousins Francisco, age 9, and Jacinta, age 7. These children will prove to be faithful to their mission. “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God to bear all the sufferings which He wants to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and for the conversion of sinners?” the Lady asked them in the first apparition. “Yes, we are,” they responded with confidence.
By Sr. Miriam Loveland, SHM
By virtue of baptism, every Christian has been incorporated into the Church’s mission of evangelization that continues through time the very mission of Christ. If Jesus came “so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), this is also the same reason of being for the Church, and for everyone who is baptized.
Por Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
Each one of the seven books in the Harry Potter series that have been published, have been accompanied on the one hand, by huge editorial success and, on the other, polemics and conflicting views, even within the Catholic Church. Indeed, the division is irreconcilable between those who view Joanne Rowling’s novels to be inoffensive and fantasy adventures of a sorcerer’s apprentice, and those who consider that serious dangers can stem from its reading.
By Fr. José Luis Saavedra, SHM
The year 2017 marks 500 years since the Protestant heresy divided the Western Church. Luther was the protagonist of that sad story. His reasons were unconditionally upheld by the German princes of his time. However, their interest was influenced by the fact that following Luther meant leaving aside the payment of imperial taxes. Luther later discovered this painful fact. However, at the time, he firmly exhorted them to support him in that division. His writings demonstrate the difficulty and gravity of that horrible rupture for the entire Church. He writes:
“The Church of the Pope is a Church full of whores and hermaphrodites… [The Pope himself] is a furious madman… [and all the pontifical acts are] sealed with the devil’s excrement and written with the flatulence of the ass-Pope.”
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, opened the “Misericordiae Vultus” Conference with a reflection on the words of Pope Francis in his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, No. 14.
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