Mother’s Day

Mothers’ Day is always so special. As children we have fond memories of making mom happy. First was to see how happy see was when dad did something special for mom, perhaps making her breakfast in bed—treating her like a queen—and then getting us kids ready for Mass...

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May: the Month of the Most Holy One

The month of May is dedicated to Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38). The angel Gabriel had told Mary that “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child will be born in a holy manner, the Son of...

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Pope John Paul II and St. Josemaría and Mercy Sunday

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. This devotion was promoted by St. Faustina and promulgated by John Paul II in the year 2000, when he canonized Sr. Faustina. Yet this devotion also has profound link to St. Josemaría, the founder of Opus Dei.St. Josemaría...

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St. Mary of the Angels: a Family of Families

In response to the need to grow our parish and to fulfill our portion of Christ mission, we have begun a process with ISPD (Institute of School and Parish Development out of New Orleans), to develop a collaborative strategic plan that sees our school as the principal...

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Internet Virtue–8: Helping One Another

Parents are naturally concerned for their children, not just that they eat and sleep enough, but that they are safe from anything harmful. So when it involves technology, a parent needs to be available to supervise and guide their children, as well as exemplify...

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Growing as a Family: The More the Better

A year ago, the Archdiocese led St. Mary of the Angels with our neighboring parishes through the Renew My Church process, discerning possible new configurations to better serve the needs of the people of Chicago and evangelize the neighborhood and beyond. We have been...

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A Crisis of Meaning: Why I am?

We are journeying through Lent on this path leading to the Cross and the Resurrection, that leads us to that union with God we call holiness. Speaking about Ash Wednesday and Lent, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles wrote:  We are living in times when many people...

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Internet Virtue–7: Virtue Communities

Parents can more effectively guide their children in the virtuous use of the Internet by collaborating with other parents and families that have similar values and aims for their home. These goals should include the virtuous use of electronic devices. It is always...

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Internet Virtue (6): When NOT to be Transparent

The transparency between spouses should be total, as they are called to be totally one in Christ. The transparency between friends will be significantly less. Regarding Internet usage, we should not be afraid to share how we use the Internet—it’s public anyway. For...

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Virtuous Internet (5): Transparency

Connected with the Open Door approach to the Internet and electronics is transparency, which really is the virtue of sincerity. Transparency is key in marriage and in other family relationship. It shows that we are not afraid that our spouse, parent, or sibling sees...

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