Wednesday, April 10, 2019
St Mary Church: 8:30-10:30am and 6:00-8:00pm
St Joseph Church: 12:00-1:30pm and 6:00-8:30pm
Presence St Joseph: 10:30-11:45am
By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.
Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.
This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.
There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …
The year 1968 remains a watershed moment in an era of revolution and upheaval.
With the world engulfed in social, political and especially sexual upheaval, the year witnessed the brutal rejection of a relatively brief papal document that sought to clarify the Church’s teachings on family life and the regulation of births. Humanae Vitae (The Regulation of Birth) remains one of the most polarizing papal encyclicals of all time, but also one of the most prophetic in foreseeing vividly the immense dangers of a contraceptive culture that ultimately came to pass.
We have so many things to be grateful for. No matter how dark our lives may get, God is always there and still loves us. When humanity seems to have left you, no longer cares or even hate you; you still have Jesus at your side. That alone is worth giving thanks.