Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King
July 15th was the feast day of Saint Bonaventure. A supreme intellect, Saint Bonaventure is known for his leading the Franciscan order of minors and helping to fostering the marriage of faith and reason through his teachings and works. He took the name Bonaventure to celebrate and honor his ‘Good fortune’ of being a Franciscan. “I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the Continue reading Saint Bonaventure and Women
One year ago, we launched Catholic Majority to: bring an honest and nuanced voice to the table and provide an alternative narrative that represents Catholicism to the public and to the world. We believe that the majority of Catholics value diversity, and that the voice of the Catholic majority deserves to be heard. (About) It’s timely that we celebrate our one year anniversary of diversity on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, two apostles so radical and diversified in Continue reading Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?
Good Friday. How can we call this day “good”? The red glows with the blood of Christ and the austere Church reflects the emptiness felt by the death of a friend. We enter in silence, as the clergy prostrate, a sign of supreme reverence, ultimate humility and willful submission to He who submitted his life to conquer mortality. Once again we hear the passion of Christ, as on Palm Sunday. Listening to the Gospel according to John, we take in Continue reading Good Friday: Commending our Spirits
Today, we celebrate the six month anniversary of our launch! When we launched, we started as all great projects begin: In the Beginning. We thought that we would find an audience, but could not have imagined how popular our site would become. In just six months, we have had over 10,000 views. Our site has been viewed by people in more than 87 countries, from Antigua and Barbuda to Zimbabwe, including Vatican City! We have published 130 original articles, and Continue reading We’re Six Months Old!
Today, the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. Strictly speaking, the feast celebrates the familial tie between Jesus, his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph. While all members of the Holy Family have their own feast day (and frequently, more than one day, celebrating different aspects of each), today is set aside to recognize and commemorate them as a family unit. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are held up as a Continue reading Feast of the Holy Family
It is interesting that the day after we celebrate the birth of Christ – Word made flesh dwelling among us, Love incarnate – that we commemorate the life of a young man stoned to death. New life stands directly next to death. Saint Stephen, first martyr of the Church, was stoned to death at the hands of Saul for preaching Christianity. He was the first of the seven deacons and is thus the patron saint of deacons (as well as stonemasons). Continue reading Saint Stephen (On the Feast of Stephen)
During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Rex Gentium Antiphon (O King of Nations)
During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Sapientia Antiphon (O Wisdom)