Vatican vs Trump-Putin?

10-14-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The Viganò-Vatican vitriolic verbiage is starting to sound like something worthy of a Dan Brown novel. In a second published letter, Archbishop Viganò challenges several Vatican officials by name to reveal what they knew about the behavior of former Cardinal, McCarrick. One of them, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the head of the Vatican Congregation that assists the Pope in appointing Bishops, responded with a long and acerbic public letter.

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Everyday Stewardship

10-14-2018Stewardship Reflection

Part of the beauty of stewardship spirituality is its simplicity and practicality. It can be summed up in the simple phrase, “All I have is a gift from God and I must make a grateful return to Him for all He has given me.” So simple, that even our youngest parishioners can grasp the concept. Simple, however, does not necessarily mean easy. Simple also does not mean shallow.

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Listen to His Voice Calling Us

10-14-2018The Sisters Corner

All of us, lay and consecrated people, are called to Holiness and to follow Jesus in very different ways. We as Servants of the Plan of God, listened to His Call in a specific moment of our lives. Actually, God was calling us many times before we answered. But there is a special moment where we recognized His voice calling us to follow Him to be his Servants: some of us when we were 15, 18, 25 years old or more and each one, with a different story to tell.

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Sr. Maria Jose's experience in the Newman Center

10-07-2018The Sisters Corner

Working with college students has been a wonderful experience for me during my time in Arizona. It makes me so happy to see the Lord working in the heart of each student specially when we have been on Retreats or Mission Trips.

It is a strong moment for them to have an encounter with Jesus and with the beautiful heart that the Lord has given them. ASU is one of the largest universities in the US and there is a need for our Lord to be very visible.

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Poisonous By Nature

10-07-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The sagas of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the US Supreme Court and Dr. Kermitt Gosnell, convicted killer, both intersect over abortion and the mistreatment of women. Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist was convicted of the homicide of women on whom he performed abortions and the death of multiple infants, who were born alive. The fierce opposition to Kavanaugh is at its bottom line over abortion, specifically whether or not he represents the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Once again, we see how abortion poisons everything.

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Being a Good Steward of your Vocation

10-07-2018Stewardship Reflection

Today’s readings give us a wonderful refresher on the Biblical origins of the Sacrament of Marriage, going all the way back to the second chapter of Genesis in our First Reading, and then reinforced by Jesus in our Gospel Reading from St. Mark.

Perhaps more than any other time in Christianity, marriage and family life are under attack right now. It is vital that we have a proper understanding of the Church’s beautiful and solid teachings in these areas. We call this type of knowledge, “Formation” and it is one of the pillars of a stewardship way of life. Solid formation in the faith not only strengthens us in our own walk with the Lord, but it allows us to pass on this knowledge to others who are thirsting to know the truth about the human person, and it also arms us to defend our beliefs, when necessary.

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