Today there is no shortage of confusion about the pope’s level of authority and the doctrine of papal infallibility. Just when do statements made by a pope rise to the level of formal, infallible pronouncements? Rarely.
This morning the dome of heaven is swaddled in heavy, gray clouds, but the air is light and crisp and paper-thin, like the translucent veil which divides the Church Militant from the Church Suffering. It reminds me of the importance of praying for the holy souls in Purgatory.
There are many paths or portals through which evil spirits are enabled to gain personal access to our lives in extraordinary ways. These doorways provide evil spirits with a kind of “permission” or “right” to oppress, obsess and even possess people. Christians would do well to carefully avoid them.
Marriage is a unique reality. There is no possibility of redefining it, shaping it in a new and essentially different way, or altering its nature, since marriage is authored by God and woven into the fabric of human life. The reality of marriage is the permanent union of one man and one woman, whose love, joined together as husband and wife, is ordered toward the good of the spouses, and the procreation and education of children. Husband and wife, by the fruits of their love, build families, transform cultures and society, and contribute positively to a truly human way of living.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to use when teaching children and others about the reality of the Eucharist as the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.