The Catholic Church accepts cremation but advises that the ashes be treated as a body, so they should be in an urn not scattered or separated. In 1963, the Pope lifted the ban on cremation, and in 1966 allowed Catholic priests to officiate at cremation ceremonies.
I once read this about guardian angels, "think of your guardian angel like a private detective, but they only have one case—you!" I prefer to call them ‘personal’ angels. The Lord has given us that gift as we try to make our journey to heaven. Be an angel, and have a listen!
Today we’ll celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. It’s a personal favorite. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, and is the Catholic Church's patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”. I hope enjoy!
In today's Podcast I discuss the highs and lows of life. Many of us know the Pete Seeger song Turn, Turn, Turn. It's a song that he wrote in 1959, using lyrics taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. It beautifully summarizes how God works. Enjoy!
I do. Webster’s defines a miracle as a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. Well, let’s have a talk.
Pope Francis has said there is “no point” in people going to church if you do not follow the teachings of the Bible in your daily lives. “Christian parrots”, who talk a lot about their religion, but don’t do good deeds.
"Here’s the most important reason: Because I think it’s true. There’s one final stubborn reason I am still Catholic: It seems cowardly to flee this burden and unfair to the victims." Maggie Gallagher USA Today August 24, 2018. my friends, let's discuss.
Corruptio Optimi Pessima. The Corruption of the Best is the Worst of All. In the Catholic Church, this period is known as ‘Ordinary Time’. This is hardly an ordinary time. Most Parishes are dealing with the on-going effects of the scandal in the Church. Let’s continue our discussion.
How Does One Become a Catholic Deacon? Explaining the role of a Catholic Deacon gets a little confusing. There are two types of Deacons. Before becoming a Catholic Priest, I was a Deacon. Let me explain. You have the permanent Deacon and the transitional Deacon. Deacon’s play an integral part in the Catholic Church.
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve lost Senator John McCain, Aretha Franklin and Neil Simon. We all get the sad news that a family member or friend has passed. We all witness some powerful eulogies at the funeral. Why do we need a Homily? I’ll explain.
I spent the past week vacationing with friends in Chicago (that toddlin' town). I had a wonderful time. While I was away, we lost Senator John McCain. I’ll share my thoughts on his love for America and his concern that our ability to be civil is eroding. Peace and Enjoy!
Our good friend Fr. Joe Grimaldi is taking a well-deserved vacation. I thought you may like to revisit our first ever Podcast. Let’s once again meet Fr. Joe Grimaldi, JCL Part One. We'll run Part Two on Sunday.
During our interview with The Michigan Catholic's Daniel Meloy, he said that The Fr. Joe Podcast could be described as a “shallow entry point,” a laid-back environment that is welcoming and creates a no-pressure atmosphere to receive the Gospel. I'll explain. Enjoy!
On Wednesday, I was honored and happy to preside at the Brother Rice all-school Mass. I was principal at Brother Rice prior to my decision to join the priesthood. Such a joy to pray with these young as they begin their journey as fine young Christian men. Blessings to all of the students as they continue their education.
Our difficult decisions about end of life issues may be made easier if we take the time to express our wishes about end-of-life treatments before illness strikes. We have the ability to plan in advance to ensure that our wishes are recognized.
I recently came across an interesting article on the website ‘Catholic Online.’ It was a list of the Top 10 most popular Catholic Prayers. We all pray. I like a quiet place where I know I can meditate and have a conversation with our Lord. Let us Pray.