Challenging the Cultural Divide: Pope Francis Series on the Church and Society
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.   

Challenging the Cultural Divide: Pope Francis Series on the Church and Society

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.   

The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue
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.

The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue

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 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)

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)

Kathy DiFiore & Ronald Krauss: Gimme Shelter

Coming up on The Catholic Conversation, Steve and Becky Greene - the Cradle and the Convert - will share the recent conversation they had about Vanessa Hudgens’ new movie, Gimme Shelter, with the director, Ronald Krauss, and the woman around whom the movie is based, Kathy DiFiore. 

After profoundly experiencing the love of God through the prayer of St. Francis, Kathy recognized that Francis was truly living Matthew 25 and decided to do the same. 

…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

What began with a blank check to the Lord for Him to cash at His pleasure, turned into a network of four shelters for women who are homeless, pregnant, escaping abusive relationships, or otherwise in crisis. Learn more about Kathy and Several Sources Shelters here.

The film follows sixteen year old, Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), who discovers she is pregnant shortly after running away from her drug-addicted, abusive mother (Rosario Dawson). Though seeking help, Apple refuses to succumb to pressure provided by older and wiser women, in this case her biological father’s wife (Stephanie Szostak). Her choice to not terminate her pregnancy results in homelessness, as it does for hundreds of teen mothers across the country, until she takes up residence in a shelter.

In preparation for this movie, Ron Krauss spent a year in one of Kathy’s shelters, meeting young mothers and hearing their stories. For all of the heart-ache and difficulty, the resulting story is one that reveals Ron’s desire to see and share the good that happens in the world every day. 

This is an incredibly inspiring interview that you will not want to miss, plus it’s your chance to win two tickets to a special advanced showing of Gimme Shelter on January 23rd! Tune in to The Catholic Conversation on Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310AM or listen live online here.

More:

www.gimmeinspiration.com

The Catholic Sun
Gimme Shelter Film Highlights Plight of Homeless Pregnant Teens with HD Trailer

ComingSoon.net
Roadside Attractions to Release Gimme Shelter Starring Vanessa Hudgens

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The Choice to Save Mothers and Babies

Listen to Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s annual Christmas message to the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. People in the Phoenix area have been hearing this message throughout the week in the lead up to Christmas on KEZ 99.9 FM.

New Catholic Radio Show from the Diocese of Phoenix

The Catholic Conversation, a new Catholic radio program hosted by Steve and Becky Greene (the Cradle and the Convert), premiers Tuesday, Dec. 17th, on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310AM at 11 a.m.

Each week, Steve and Becky share a conversation with a great guest about topics relevant to Catholic families like evangelization and conversion in the “new frontier” of the internet, the true meaning of happiness, Theology of the Body, parenting, dating and vocations, chastity and modesty, and more. 

Brought to you by 1st Way Pregnancy Center, Bradley Hahn, Attorney at Law, and Villa Fatima Skilled Nursing Centers, tune in to The Catholic Conversation on Tuesdays at 11!

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food – even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more. 

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food. 

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All”.

Amen.

Pope Francis to Launch Worldwide #WaveOfPrayer Against Hunger
Pope Francis has called for a wave of prayer to fight hunger on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Coordinated by Caritas International, the wave will begin at noon in Samoa and proceed across the globe as each timezone reaches noon. It is the first step in a longer campaign, supported by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA in the United States, to end the scandal of world hunger and marking the beginning of the anti-hunger campaign, “One Human Family, Food For All.”
Consider participating in one or more of the following ways.
Spend part of your lunch time in prayer on Tuesday
Pray the #Food4All prayer
Make a donation to a hunger-relief agency
Fast in solidarity with the hungry
Think about changes you could make to your own life, within our country, and on an international level, so that people no longer go hungry.
See more at diocesephoenix.org/fighthunger

Pope Francis to Launch Worldwide #WaveOfPrayer Against Hunger

Pope Francis has called for a wave of prayer to fight hunger on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Coordinated by Caritas International, the wave will begin at noon in Samoa and proceed across the globe as each timezone reaches noon. It is the first step in a longer campaign, supported by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA in the United States, to end the scandal of world hunger and marking the beginning of the anti-hunger campaign, “One Human Family, Food For All.”

Consider participating in one or more of the following ways.

  • Spend part of your lunch time in prayer on Tuesday
  • Pray the #Food4All prayer
  • Make a donation to a hunger-relief agency
  • Fast in solidarity with the hungry
  • Think about changes you could make to your own life, within our country, and on an international level, so that people no longer go hungry.

See more at diocesephoenix.org/fighthunger