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An adult faith formation institute in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
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Baptism - the sacrament that initiates us into the Life of God; the sacrament that adopts us as His sons and daughters distinguished as rightful heirs to Heaven; the sacrament that “supersizes” our soul forever to a capacity for living in supernatural ways – -- let us be thankful for... Continue reading
It’s not just a Catholic thing. It’s also not simply about contraception. As we celebrate Independence Day today and close the Fortnight For Freedom we do well to revisit the major misunderstanding that has been repeated so very many times in the media, “it’s just the Catholics who don’t like... Continue reading
Today, July 3, Bishop Finn will offer Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to pray for the preservation of religious freedom in our country, at 6:30 p.m. After Mass there will be a reception at the Catholic Center at 20 W. 9th St. This Mass will mark the... Continue reading
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Tomorrow evening, on Tuesday, July 3, Bishop Finn will offer Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to pray for the preservation of religious freedom in our country, at 6:30 p.m. After Mass there will be a reception at the Catholic Center at 20 W. 9th St. This Mass... Continue reading
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In AD 64 the Roman Emperor Nero called for a serious persecution of the Christians in Rome. Many were martyred in blood giving witness to their faith in Jesus Christ. The Church should always remain free to act and speak in the public square. We celebrated the memorial of the... Continue reading
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This is it folks. If you haven't already read this interview please do. Archbishop Naumann the ordinary of Kansas City, Kansas speaks very clearly on a host of issues surrounding the Fortnight For Freedom, the recent Supreme Court ruling and more. Central to the recent posts on the BHI Blog... Continue reading
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Laura W. Murphy Writing as a “Guest Voice” for the Washington Post, Laura W. Murphy, Director of the Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU urges readers to reject the basis of the USCCB Campaign of prayer, study and action with the following headline: “Fortnight for Freedom’ distorts true religious liberty”.... Continue reading
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We now begin the second half of the fortnight a period of prayer, study, catechesis and action. Today we examine what actions might be done. Sharing the facts surrounding this issue with the people God puts in our path is one way we already discussed in a previous post. While... Continue reading
A recent study has shown that; On average, American children have eight fewer hours of unstructured playtime after school each week than they did 25 years ago, according to research by David Elkind, a professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Mr. Elkind attributes a “loss... Continue reading
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Can our prayers really make a difference? The simple answer is yes. We are now one week into this fortnight of prayer and we may be tempted to give up because we may get the sense that nothing is changing. Up to this point the world seems to be largely... Continue reading
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So, we are now in day 6 of our two week journey. Hopefully you have been joining in prayer and perhaps some study and penance. Now what? We are about to reach the mid-point and it is now much more likely that we’ll begin to be in situations in which... Continue reading
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Follow this link to view a brief video explanation of the history of religious liberty. In the video Archbishop Lori gives a succinct explanation of the history of our country which provides the context of the current struggle to defend religious liberty and conscience rights for all Americans. Continue reading
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Bishop Robert Finn has asked us to consider saying the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at Mass during the Fortnight For Freedom. It is not the case that he has given either permission or even a command to do so, he has simply made a request. This prayer was... Continue reading
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For the Fortnight, the US Bishops prepared a series of reflections for each day based on small portions of the Vatican II document Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Liberty). Today’s reflection (Day 3) looks at how man seeks the truth and why we must be free to seek it in... Continue reading
One particularly effective way to make a time of intense prayer more intense is to pray and fast. Catholics are not obligated to fast as part of the Fortnight For Freedom, but this may be a good way to make the most of your prayer for the intention of the... Continue reading
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From the USCCB website: The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who... Continue reading
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What is a fortnight and why are we doing this? The U.S. Catholic Bishops have been in the news lately as outspoken witnesses on the issue of religious liberty. This challenge to the fundamental right to religious liberty for all Americans comes from the HHS mandate as part of the... Continue reading
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Scholars are generally agreed that Luke recounts three missionary journeys in Acts. Paul’s second and third missionary journeys (Acts 16-19) read like an ancient travel log. Paul, Silas and later Timothy, travel through the central part of what is now modern day Turkey. Initially they seek to visit the new... Continue reading
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After Stephen’s martyrdom a severe persecution broke out against the Church in Jerusalem. At this time King Herod had the Apostle James executed by the sword and the Apostle Peter thrown in prison. Peter was placed under heavy guard by four squadrons of Roman soldiers. Each squadron would take a... Continue reading
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As a general theme, the first half of Acts is the story of Peter’s ministry. Luke reminds his reader that the Gospel has now spread throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria (Acts 9:31) and that for a time the Church was experiencing peace. Peter is featured in two miracle stories which... Continue reading
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Following the martyrdom of Stephen a severe persecution of the Church broke out in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1). Far from slowing down the growth of the Church, this persecution sends Philip and others to preach in the outer regions of Judea and even Samaria. As Tertullian famously wrote, “the blood of... Continue reading
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Acts chapter 7 contains the longest speech in Acts followed by Stephen’s martyrdom as the first or proto-martyr of the Church. Stephen is falsely accused of blasphemy by some fellow Jews (Acts 6:8-15) and this prompts a speech before the Sanhedrin. In the beginning of his narrative Stephen highlights God’s... Continue reading
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Acts chapter 7 contains the longest speech in Acts followed by Stephen’s martyrdom as the first or proto-martyr of the Church. Stephen is falsely accused of blasphemy by some fellow Jews (Acts 6:8-15) and this prompts a speech before the Sanhedrin. In the beginning of his narrative Stephen highlights God’s... Continue reading
The early Christian community in Jerusalem continued to witness through the power of the Spirit that they received at Pentecost. Luke deliberately highlights the initial preaching of Peter and John and the rejection of the Jewish authorities. This is followed by communal prayer (Acts 4:23-31) and a new infilling of... Continue reading