Jesus enjoins us to pray for our enemies and forgive one another from the heart; He tells us to forgive seventy times seven times (Mt. 18: 21-22) and to ask the Father to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Mt. 6:12).
Much has transpired since my last message on the feast day of St. Joseph—just 13 days ago. The number of people infected in the USA has risen significantly, and on Sunday President Trump and his medical advisors told us that the social distancing guidelines will remain in place until at least April 30th and that we should not expect the country to be "well on its way to recovery" until June 1st. Those living in many parts of the world are experiencing similar situations.
In unity with the whole church, Fr. Spitzer and the staff of the Magis Center would like to wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas day and season!
On December 12, 1531, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared on the tilma of native Aztec, Juan Diego. Since then, scientists have struggled to explain just how the image got there.
In times of suffering, prayer is one of the first refuges of the faithful, but it can be hard to know where to begin. In this excerpt from this article, Fr. Spitzer details what prayers he uses in his own life and how they can help.
The call to transform the culture is ever alive and new. As part of our calling to the transcendent (more than just the material world) we must share it. We must unleash the culture from the slavery of putting what the world offers on a pedestal. We were made for more and the negativity in our materialist culture is evident of this. This loss of transcendence in our culture has four main negative consequences.
One’s level of happiness and purpose in life is quite relevant to what one believes about six important categories of cultural discourse. In this article Father Spitzer defines the six categories, which include quality of life, freedom, ethics, love, suffering, and social responsibility, in light of the four levels of desire/happiness.
Fulton Sheen's beautification miracle took place on September 16, 2010 in Peoria, Illinois when James Fulton Engstrom – a newborn baby of Bonnie and Travis Engstrom – was found to be stillborn.
Pope Leo the Great wrote the first encyclical on Catholic social teachings in response to the harsh treatment of workers during the industrial revolution. Since then the Church has extended its social teachings to the family, the work environment, the economic/business community, the political community, the international community, the environment, the pursuit of peace and the situation of war.
If there really is a calculating, dangerous, dark, destructive and vicious evil force who intends us harm—even eternal harm—then we should want to know about it.