Bishop Sheridan Presents Radio
Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be the first married couple to be canonized together on Oct. 18. In the words of St. John Paul II, "They lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way."
In our culture, where marriage is so attacked and mocked, what an encouragement the Church is giving us in canonizing a married couple! No extraordinary deeds, just the simple life of a normal family, with Christ at the center.
Who were they?
“As the only celibate on the panel, may I offer an opposing point of view?”
During the Pope’s visit to America, I had the privilege of commenting for NBC News and for MSNBC. Twice I was on for extended periods with Brian Williams, the former anchor for NBC Nightly News, and twice with Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball. I must say that both men are very good at what they do, namely, keeping a conversation going among several different people with varying points of view and assuring that things stay sufficiently lively and interesting. Like most gifted people, they make their particular work seem effortless, but it is a delicate and dangerous high-wire act that they are performing—and all on live television. Williams is a cool customer with a sly sense of humor, and I might add a surprisingly detailed knowledge of motor vehicles and aircraft, whereas Matthews is more passionate, brash, and unpredictable. I enjoyed spending time with both of them.
Within the Synod, there are so called 'small working groups' which are divided depending on language. Now, starting the second week, the groups are working on their proposals, some of which will be included in the final document.
During his Thursday morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis addressed a difficult question for those who try to lead ethical, Christian lives: Why is it that bad people often seem to have good lives?
The Year for Marriage and Family is a year proclaimed and decreed by Diocese of Colorado Springs. The purpose is to promote the truths of our Catholic Faith on Marriage and Family as taught by the Magisterium and to promote prayer, catechesis, relationship, and pilgrimage.
Goals of the Year for Marriage and Family
To promote the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith on Marriage and Family through:
- special Masses
- free distribution of educational materials
- free lectures
- fellowship opportunities
- books, video and audio recordings
To promote prayer and Eucharistic Holy Hours.
THE BISHOP'S VOICE: The Year for Marriage and Family
The Christian family is called upon like the large-scale Church, to be a sign of unity for the world and in this way exercise its prophetic role by bearing witness to the Kingdom and peace of Christ, towards which the whole world is journeying (Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 48).
These words of the saintly Pope John Paul put into focus for us the unique and indispensable place of the Christian family in the new evangelization. Neither a construct of culture nor an institution that will alter itself as time goes on, the family comes from God’s creation. It is he who gave the family its structure and meaning, and no ideology or government decree can set aside what God has ordained.