Real-life experience can strengthen church teaching
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – When Catholics see couples who are patient, kind, never jealous or rude, they "behold the beauty and simplicity and strength of married love," but the church also must learn to help and to heal those whose dreams for lifelong love have been shattered, said Scottish Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.
Canadian cardinal: Gospel is not burdensome rules
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The church needs to find better ways to show how the Gospel message is a way of life meant to bring great joy to couples and families, and is not a burdensome set of rules aimed at exclusion, one member of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family said.
Mt. Carmel sisters to celebrate jubilees
Three Sisters of Mount Carmel will be honored in celebration of the anniversaries of their religious professions at a Mass and reception Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 420 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans.
The jubilarians are Sister Germaine Lauzon, celebrating 60 years of profession, and Sisters Andrée Bindewald and Blaise Fernando, celebrating 50 years.
Special children are a gift from God to all of us
On Sunday, Oct. 19, God's Special Children's 10th anniversary Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Msgr. Andrew Taormina and Father Mike Mitchell at 2 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.
My wife Joy and I, like a number of our fellow Catholics, have a child, Andrew, who has special needs.
Those of us who have children with special needs are indeed blessed. Many of us find comfort in the following biblical passage: “’Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him’” (John 9:2-3).
At synod, pope warns bishops of pride, greed
VATICAN CITY (CNS) –Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging them instead to serve the church with “freedom, creativity and hard work.”
St. Joseph Abbey turns 125
St. Joseph Abbey celebrated its 125th anniversary Oct. 4 with a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. At left, Benedictine Abbot Justin Brown greets the abbey’s well-wishers.