You’ve probably heard about Phoenix Police Officer John Hobbs who was killed in the line of duty on Monday. As we continue to pray for his immortal soul, Catholic school students across the Diocese are offering prayer, financial donations, and other forms of support for his wife and young children, and for their parish community at St. Clare.
St. Louis the King, St. Timothy, and St. Thomas the Apostle are collecting donations for the 100 Club.
St. Gregory the Great, along with St. Louis and St. Thomas, are sending sympathy cards to Phoenix PD.
St. Greg’s also made a donation to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine
et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace.
Keep an eye on The Catholic Sun for more.
At Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Francis invited us all to reflect on the sacrament of confession, including how long it has been since we last confessed our sins.
If a lot of time has passed, don’t lose even one more day. Go! - Pope Francis
Though we walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, forgiveness brings freedom and joy!
Sometimes when you’re in line for confession, you feel all sorts of things, especially shame, but when your confession is over, you’ll leave free, great, beautiful, forgiven, clean, happy; this is what’s beautiful about confession. - Pope Francis
Read more via The Catholic Sun here!
The Diocese of Phoenix and Catholic Phoenix invite you to attend the second presentation in the Pope Francis Speaker Series on the Church and Society: Challenging the Cultural Divide featuring Dr. Paige Hochschild, Assistant Professor of Theology at Mount Saint Mary’s University on Friday, February 28th.
If you have a family, hope to have a family, work with families, or are part of a family, you don’t want to miss this presentation! Examine societal issues from a Catholic perspective with Dr. Hochschild, who will address historical problems unique to the American situation, how the family is a point of intersection for the Church and the world, Gaudium et Spes’ vision of family as promoter of the common good, and how some Catholic approaches to marriage over-privatize the family.
Hear Dr. Hochschild on The Bishop’s Hour discussing St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas here!
The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at Xavier College Preparatory Performing Arts Center, 4710 N 5th St., Phoenix. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for full-time students with ID, and free for priests and religious. There will be a reception following the talk, Dr. Hochschild will take questions, giving attendees an opportunity to discuss what they heard.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit diocesephoenix.org/PopeFrancisSpeakers.
St. Thomas Aquinas from the Office of Readings
Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: in the first place, as a remedy for sin, and secondly, as an example of how to act.
It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief through the passion of Christ. Yet, it is no less an example, for the passion of Christ completely suffices to fashion our lives. Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what he desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue.
If you seek the example of love: Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends. Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake.
If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. Therefore Christ’s patience on the cross was great. In patience let us run for the prize set before us, looking upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who, for the joy set before him, bore his cross and despised the shame.
If you seek an example of humility, look upon the crucified one, for God wished to be judged by Pontius Pilate and to die.
If you seek an example of obedience, follow him who became obedient to the Father even unto death. For just as by the disobedience of one man, namely, Adam, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man, many were made righteous.
If you seek an example of despising earthly things, follow him who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Upon the cross he was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns, and given only vinegar and gall to drink.
Do not be attached, therefore, to clothing and riches, because they divided my garments among themselves. Nor to honors, for he experienced harsh words and scourgings. Nor to greatness of rank, for weaving a crown of thorns they placed it on my head. Nor to anything delightful, for in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Pope Francis releases message for World Communications Day
“Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” is the title of Pope Francis’ message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications, which is celebrated on the Sunday before the feast of Pentecost (which falls on June 1, 2014). The message is dated Jan. 24, the memorial of St. Francis of Sales, patron saint of communicators.
Pope Francis is pictured here replacing his skullcap after this young boy removed it during an audience in Paul VI hall Dec. 14 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters file photo)
Pope: Persecuted Christians must hunker down, hold tight to God, hope
Pope Francis rubs his face after completing the speaking part of his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)