Recent high-profile cases involving professional athletes are bringing attention to the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence violates the dignity of the human person, and is a threat to our families and communities. Therefore, it demands our attention and Bishop Vann has designated today as Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday.
What is domestic violence? It is behavior that a person uses to control another close to them through fear or intimidation. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic actions or threats.
What does it mean to say, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God?” By this statement, Jesus shows us how to put everything in its proper order.
The Pharisees resent paying tax to the Romans. The Herodians, on the other hand, cooperate with Roman rule. They plot to entrap Jesus, to put him in a no-win predicament. They approach Jesus with flattery and ask him, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” If Jesus says, “yes,” he will be seen as a traitor to Jews and to the kingdom of God.
God invites us to the banquet of the Eucharist and to eternal life. But many ignore the invitation because of indifference, or even hostility; others accept the invitation but do not come prepared.
In the Parable, the wedding feast is God’s invitation to the heavenly banquet. God the Father is the king. Jesus, his Son, is the bridegroom. And the wedding banquet is eternal life. This is prophesized by Isaiah in the First Reading: “The Lord hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines.
The readings show God’s care for his vineyard, desiring that it bring forth a harvest of good fruit. But instead, what he got was ingratitude, injustice and violence. Today is Respect Life Sunday, a time to reflect on how we are doing when it comes to respect for all human life. Are we cultivating life and bearing good fruit? Or are we responding with selfishness and death?
The First Reading speaks of God’s love and care for his people which then turned to disappointment. God is the owner of the vineyard. The vineyard is the people of Israel.
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Join us any morning of the week for our parish’s daily Rosary Devotion which takes place every day at 7:30 a.m.!
According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
Are you thriving or just surviving? Are you ready for more energy? A deeper sense of purpose? More joy? A clearer understanding of God’s plan for your life?
Catholic parishes in the area are sponsoring a Passion & Purpose Live event with Mathew Kelly. It’s not your typical church event! It has been a life-changing event for tens of thousands of people. Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose Live is presented by internationally acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly and the incredibly talented musician Eliot Morris.
Appearing at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church on