Universal Call to Holiness

Confession Isn't the 'Dry-cleaners'
It's an Embrace from God
-- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.

The Art of Fraternal Correction
MADISON, WI, September 12, 2014 -- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI writes a compelling letter to his flock about the delicacies and potential pitfalls related to correcting others in sin. While it is important to do so, the person doing the correcting can easily fall into sin themselves as a result.

John Paul II Taught
That 'The Body Matters'
Priest Says
-- Saint John Paul II's teaching on love and sexuality shows the dignity of the human body and how concrete acts of mercy are demanded of all of us, says priest and author Father Michael Gaitley.

Pope Francis:
Be Courageous...
Go to Confession!
VATICAN, Feburary 19, 2014(Vatican Radio) At the General Audience, Pope Francis continued his series of catechesis on the Sacraments. “When I go to Confession, it is to be healed,” he said. “To heal the soul, to heal the heart because of something I have done that is not going well.”

Pleasure is Part of the Moral life
Priest's New Book Details -- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good.

Humility Is Necessary for Fruitfulness
Emphasizes Pope
VATICAN CITY, December 19, 2013 -- “Humility is necessary for faithfulness,” said the Pontiff on Dec. 19. “The humility to say to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am barren, I am a desert’ ...come to give us life, come to save us, because only You can. Alone, I cannot!”

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Confession Renews
The Grace of Baptism
VATICAN, November 13, 2013  – In the catechesis of this Wednesday's general audience, the Pope continued his reflection on the articles of the Creed. This time he spoke about the only explicit reference to a Sacrament in the profession of faith: “I believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins”. In effect, Baptism is the “door” to faith and Christian life, and the mission of the Church, following the mandate of the Risen Christ is “to evangelise and to forgive the sins through Sacramental Baptism”. To better explain this expression, the Pontiff divided it into three points: “I believe”, “in one Baptism”, and “for the forgiveness of sins”.

All the Single Laity
“It is not good that the man should be alone.”
WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2013 -- Being alone is the first thing God pronounces “not good,” after so many proclamations of the goodness of His creation. And yet being alone is an increasingly common condition in American life. The latest Census data found that over a quarter of Americans lived alone, up from 17 percent in 1970. Marriages happen later and less frequently than they used to. Catholic parishes have mostly responded to this change in two ways, neither of which are the most fruitful approaches to ending our solitude.

Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, MN

Appreciating the
‘Source and Summit of Christian Life’
For Jesus, it wasn’t enough that he was born in a barn. It wasn’t enough that he lived 30 years of his life in anonymity. It wasn’t enough that he spent three years of his life tirelessly preaching and teaching and working miracles. And it wasn’t enough that our Lord embraced the agony in the garden, the cruel scourging and crowning with thorns, the ignominious way of the cross, and dying and rising in order to save us.

Catholics For The Common Good Pope FrancisAlways Unite Prayer
And Action,
Pope Francis Says

VATICAN CITY, July 21, 2013--In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to unite prayer and action in Christian life.

California Conference Aims To
Help Build Catholic Culture

NAPA, CA, Jun 7, 2013--Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society.

Catholics For The Common GoodThe Unprecedented "Presumption" of Changing the World
 A homily and a Mass of Pope Francis. An essay by the sociologist Luca Diotallevi. Convergent in seeing in the Eucharist the genesis of the new world 
ROME, April 11, 2013 – Almost one month after his election as pope, there are two words that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has not yet pronounced: religious freedom. 

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John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects
On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis.

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Women Communicate  God's Look of Love, Pope Says
VATICAN CITY, April 3, 2013 -- During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love.

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