Lumen Fidei

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis’ very first encyclical, which is meant to help highlight the Year of Faith which the Church is currently in the midst of celebrating, has been released today. It is called Lumen Fidei, or “the Light of Faith,” after the very first words of the document. This encyclical must certainly be considered unique because it has truly been co-written …

To Celebrate Liberty, We Must Understand That It Comes From God

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

Today is the day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom and our liberty. It was 237 years ago that the political forefathers of this great country declared independence from Great Britain. There was only one Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll, who was a cousin of the very first Archbishop of Baltimore, John …

Living the Evangelical Counsels

David Oatney New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has been preaching quite a bit lately about the need to live in humility, even poverty, as a Church and as a community of believers in Jesus Christ. The secular news media characterizes this message in a particular way, often as a means to try and “run down” Francis’ predecessor Benedict XVI, who many in the secular world did not …

Taking It To the Streets

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Vocations, Year of Faith

On Friday I discussed the New Evangelization and how we need to pray for an evangelizing spirit so that we are unafraid to proclaim the faith with charitable boldness in the way that Pope Francis seems to be calling on us to do. Are there any Catholic groups, especially organizations which are primarily lay ecclesial movements, that are actively witnessing …

Faith Is a Gift Worth Sharing Through Love

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

Please forgive me for using the beginning of this post as a means to introduce you once again to myself. Some of you might remember that I wrote a post back in January on the “The Triple Meaning of the Epiphany,” and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead on the Year of …

Justified as a Gift Through Faith in the Blood of Christ

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

2013 Good Friday Sermon in St. Peter’s Basilica Capuchin Friar Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Papal Household “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective …

Minor Revisions

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Jennifer Fulwiler went from being an Atheist to a Catholic and now writes at the blog Conversion Diary. She has recently been part of her own reality show entitled, Minor Revisions. Both the show and her blog are well worth your time during the Year of Faith. My favorite part, is when Jen and her dad go after a wasp.

A Woman Clothed with the Sun

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Year of Faith

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven …

I believe in one God….

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Though I’ve never officially met him, I’ve often quoted Fr. Cyprian Davis, a monk of St. Meinrad Abbey in Indiana who once said, “You can’t change the Creed because there is blood on the Creed.”  Christians throughout the world agree that there are certain beliefs to which we hold firm. There are truths engraved upon our hearts that cannot and …

Liturgical Seasons

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …

First Things First

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Earlier this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called upon his brother bishops to lead our Church to a renewed sense of repentance. His suggestion was that though there are many issues facing the Church in the United States today, we should focus on first things first. My brother bishops,  Yes, we have “a lot on our plate” as we commence our …

The Divine Office

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Chapter Four of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy focuses on what is properly called the prayer of the Church, known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. My guess is that most people associate this prayer with the daily prayers of those who live in a monastic setting or as the private prayer …