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.
By Sr. Ana María Lapeña, SHM
Cuapa is a town with a population of 5,000 situated in a small valley in the Municipality of Juigalpa, in Chontales, Nicaragua. Its people are very simple folk, small cattle ranchers who live a rustic lifestyle and raise cattle for family consumption.
This peaceful corner of Nicaragua is where Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, began to manifest herself to one of the local farmers, who received a message from the Queen of Heaven in 1980. Two years later, the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Managua authorized the publication of the Report on the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cuapa.
His name was Bernardo and he was the sacristan of the town. From his childhood he had helped clean the chapel, wash the altar linens, ring the bells for the recitation of the Rosary in the evening... All this he did with sincere desire to serve God, in spite of those who made him a laughingstock.
By Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo
A Lay Member of the Home in Holland wrote us, saying,“This evening we had a silent procession. First, we had Mass with Cardinal Eijk and all the bishops. This procession takes on special significance in Amsterdam, as it is a city of so many sins. And yet, the Lord shows us His great Love in the Eucharist.
From 1981 to 1989, Our Lady came once more to visit her children, this time on the continent of Africa. She appeared in the small town of Kibeho, in the Diocese of Gikongoro (Rwanda), as the “Mother of the Word, Our Lady of Sorrows.” She came to call her children to conversion and repentance – “Repent, repent!”.
By Sr. Emma Haynes, SHM
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