Having grown up in a city, Jesus’ instruction to “be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves” only made partial sense to me. I get the idea of shrewdness in order to watch your back or anyone else’s who is part of your flock. But the "simple as doves" has always seemed to be a contradiction to the vigilance part of the instruction.
British author Douglas Hyde once wrote for the Communist Daily. To smear the Catholic Church, he bought Avro Manhattan's The Catholic Church Against the Nineteenth Century. He read it, but something strange happened. He writes: "Instead of giving ammunition against the Church, I learned something about the Church's social teaching. Avro Manhattan wrote the book to make people anti-Catholics. It helped make me 'pro' Catholic instead."
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In 1998 I entered the novitiate as part of my Seminary formation. At our initiation to the novitiate, along with the Constitution of the congregation, we were given a best-selling book The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck. The book’s first sentence starts with “Life is difficult.” If I may add, “Christian life is more difficult.” The Beatitudes are a call to us to see ourselves, to live with ourselves in a way that probably does not come easily to most of us.”
On this 31st Anniversary of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.'s death on June 3, 1992, we celebrate with a moving story of the power of the family Rosary from PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, producer and co-writer Megan Harrington. Growing up my parents made us — it was not a choice or an option — be in the kitchen at 7 am before school to pray the Rosary. They believed in its promises and the power of prayer. Gathering a herd of 11 children is not an easy task, especially in the morning. I’d like to tell you that their example launched me into the daily practice from the time I was a small girl until today, but unfortunately, it didn’t. The seed was planted, however, and I would be reminded of its effectiveness many times over the course of my life. I am forever grateful to my parents, who were the first witnesses of the faith.
My hometown basketball team, the Boston Celtics, used to have a star player by the name of Paul Pierce. His nickname was “The Truth.” The people that gave him that nickname weren’t trying to be sacrilegious or blasphemous, only pointing out that he was the real deal of what it means to be a star in the NBA.
You might be puzzled by this phrase, and I almost hear you thinking, "What on earth is 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit?'" We all understand baptism with water – we've seen it many times. Sometimes it happens when adults come to faith in Jesus and step forward to be baptized to seal their commitment to Christ. But most often, it happens to babies when parents present them to be baptized, or 'christened' as it's still often called. But what is 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit?' If you feel confused about this, you're in good company!