We celebrate today the fact that Jesus ascended bodily into heaven to be united with the Father. It is the capstone of all the events recorded testifying to Christ's bodily resurrection -- the empty tomb, St. Thomas touching His wounds, Jesus eating a breakfast of fish with His disciples, breathing on Peter, and so on. All of these things testify to the real physicality of the Resurrection.[A]s they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven."
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Summer College Bible Study: World on Campus-Focuses on what it means to truly love others as Christ does through scriptural reflection and discussions on relevant topics today-Where: Catholic Campus Ministry House @ 9408 Sandburg Avenue ( only 1 block from St. Thomas Aquinas Church & 1 block from UNCC campus)-Who: Rising College Freshmen- Graduating
Sunday, May 5, 2013
"Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." -- Jn 14:23
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
St. Augustine once said, "Love God; then do as you will." Was St. Augustine saying that it was permitted for Christians to do anything at all, so long as they loved God? Was Jesus saying that all the other commandments and moral precepts that came before Him were abolished in place now of the single command to love? Are the Beatles right in crooning, "All we need is love?"-Jn 13:14-35
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Paul and Barnabas continued on from Pergaand reached Antioch in Pisidia.On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.
Many of you know I am on the road this weekend. While I like certain things about travelling - seeing new places, eating different foods, meeting new people - there are also aspects of travelling I don't like. I suppose I am a homebody at heart; I like my own space where I can be comfortable, I like my routine. Most of all I like being around my loved ones.Acts 13:14
The first question came in from a young woman who lived in a sparsely Catholic area in Europe. She wanted to attend Mass on an upcoming holy day of obligation, but her only option to get there was to buy a train ticket she could ill afford. She wasn't asking if she could skip Mass; she was asking how to get to Mass when she was facing a real choice between train fare and food.
The second question was from a gentleman who was spending a weekend in my hometown of San Diego, California. He and his wife had family here, so they made regular visits and thus knew the city well. But this time the schedule was crammed. Between a baseball game, golf, and dinner with the in-laws, he just couldn't seem to find a good time to go to Mass. He skipped, and his question was whether or not his obligation to visit family had been sufficient cause to miss Mass.
Juxtaposing these two questions was like switching on a light. It is the difference between the desire to go to Mass while impeded from doing so and the choice to give more weight to lesser obligations than is given to the Mass. The first inquirer really wanted to go to Mass but was facing significant hurdles in getting there; the second inquirer seemed willing to go to Mass if doing so didn't interfere with more desirable activities.
"My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me."