Catholic Daughters of the Americas Comments on Pope's Resignation
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas respects Pope Benedict XVI's recent decision to resign and appreciates his selflessness in doing so for the good of the Church. In his Ash Wednesday liturgy on February 13 the Pope spoke of the virtues of Christian unity and in his Lenten message his theme was "believing in charity calls forth charity.” The motto of the Catholic Daughters is “Unity and Charity” and we are grateful that Pope Benedict included these two faithful qualities among his final communications, especially during the all-important season of Lent. The Holy Father will remain in the thoughts and prayers of all Catholic Daughters during his remaining days as Pope and throughout the next chapter of his life.
Father Ed Lamp's Sunday Reflection
Hope is the theme of the First Sunday of Advent. In the readings for Mass, Isaiah describes a future in which all is well because (1) God is recognized as the highest authority and (2) obeying him is the people's highest priority. This vision gave great hope to the oppressed Israelites. Today if we look at this as a description of heaven, it gives great hope to us, too. When we die, "terms" will be "imposed" upon us because we did not stay entirely on the paths of God (a good reason for purgatory), but we will be living in the light of the Lord after death and there will be no more wars to battle.