Now that Pope Francis has made it clear there will never be women priests, it comes as a letdown for many. It seems that we think that in order to have equality, women have to be able to do the exact same thing as men and vice versa. The problem is, men still can’t breastfeed or bear children, and women cannot insert sperm.
Not the Destination...
Children have the remarkably annoying habit of interrogating us don't they? They’re obsessed with the fundamental nature of things, why the world is the way it is, and how to logically connect it all together. The endless "why"? questions.
We know that the ship (bark or barque, barchetta) was an ancient Christian symbol. It is symbolic of the Church, and to some extent the individual soul, tossed on the sea of disbelief, worldliness, and persecution but finally reaching safe harbour with its cargo of human souls.
"Be not afraid" were the very first words from the great pope of the family, St. John Paul II, as he stepped out on to the balcony at St. Peter's Rome to greet the awaiting crowds as the newly elected pontiff.
A first in the history of the Church: canonization of a married couple.
Blessed Louis and Zélie, parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux), will be the first couple ever to be canonized together, as a married couple, this Sunday October 18th, 2015.
Now that I am back from the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia there is a plethora of new ideas, resources, initiatives, and pastoral programs I have come back with which I hope in good time to review and share with you, as well apply to my day to day work.