Ordained to Transitional Deaconate Today!

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Article By Barbara Watkins | bwatkins@archstl.org 

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will ordain five seminarians to the transitional diaconate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Four of the men to be ordained at Kenrick-Glennon seminarians. The fifth, Donald Anstoetter, attends Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. A transitional deacon may baptize, distribute Holy Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burial. Read more »

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Behold the Pierced One: A Meditation on the Cross

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(from Archbishop Carlson's Pastoral Letter on Penance, Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician) 

The human heart is converted by looking upon him whom our sins have pierced.

(CCC, 1432; see Jn 19:37, Zech 12:10)

 By contemplating the cross we can come to a greater understanding of the wonder of God’s love for us, especially of His ardent desire to heal us.  The cross reveals to us both God’s character and the human situation. Read more »

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Bieber Fever

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 Enjoy this movie review of Never Say Never

By Christopher Stefanick

 

Okay, I admit it.  I have Bieber Fever.  I caught it from my preteen daughter after I took her to see Never Say Never.  It’s a low grade fever, though I’m thinking of starting a men’s support group.  It’s not his music (which is decent), it’s his potential as an accidental evangelistof millions of pre-teens that has me excited about him.  Did I say millions?  I meant tens-of-millions.  Read more »

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Dysfunctional Love Songs

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Recently Chris Stefanick, speaker from last year's Steubenville Conference, shared an article with me that he wrote.  I love Chris's straight forward and honest words, so if you like people who bet around the bush, don't read any further: 

Dysfunctional Love Songs

By Christopher Stefanick

The lessons packed in the love songs that are getting the most radio play today all seem to have a similar theme: if it isn’t dysfunctional, it isn’t love.  Read more »

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Archbishop Carlson warns us not to be complacent

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As we prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I thought I would share with you some insightful words from Archbishop Robert Carlson latest blog:

Complacency is an obstacle to the genuine happiness Jesus teaches 

It's easy to confuse happiness with comfort. Our sinful human nature — encouraged by advertising and the entertainment media — urges us to seek comfort for its own sake. Happiness as the world defines it is self-centered. It focuses our attention, first and foremost, on taking care of our own individual needs and desires.

Happiness, we're told, is doing as we please. It means living a certain lifestyle, being liberated sexually and being indifferent in our views about moral issues. We're told we'll be happy if we buy the latest fashions or a new car or the latest electronic gadget. Happiness can be gained, we're told, if only we acquire enough of the material things the world offers as distractions from the pain and difficulty of daily living.

Our culture tells us that happiness is the result of freedom from obligation or responsibility. It is disengagement from the burdens and challenges of life. Happiness, according to the world's values, comes from being in a kind of bubble — isolated and insulated from the suffering and sorrow that surround us every day.

This is not the happiness Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount. It is not the happiness He gave witness to in His daily life or in His passion, death and resurrection. For our Lord, happiness (a blessed life or beatitude) comes not by pursuing a life of comfort, pleasure or prestige. It comes by living for others, by giving away all the material things we cling to for comfort and security and by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

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