Peace of Christ! What are all of you doing to bring back the Catholic roots of All Hallows Eve this October 31st? Thanks to a little exploration on the internet I found this article at the Catholic Herald that details some interesting ways to bring back the Catholic roots on this upcoming All Hallows Eve.
For example, they suggested to:
-Dress children up as saints and angels
-Carve happy faces into pumpkins with crosses in their foreheads
-Light a candle and place it in the window of your home
-Have a bonfire
I am going to carve crosses into the foreheads of our "happy" pumpkins and maybe I will even attempt to carve the Sacred Heart of Jesus too! I also think my family is going to place a candle in the window as well as an icon of Christ to show that we believe that Christ is the Light of the World. My dad and I might attempt a small bonfire and I am planning on wearing white as well.
Praise be to God for our life, our family, and our friends.
The leaves are falling here and the ground is covered with them. Thankfully I only have two more classes and I will be done with High School! I am studying Theology right now through the Catholic Distance University and will starting up full-time in January. What a blessed time of year. How are all of you out there?
What are your thoughts on the current Synod taking place at the Vatican? Are any of you concerned with what is popping up? What about Cardinal Kasper's controversial position? Please comment if you want to share your thoughts!
I know that I am kind of concerned at whats being said about the Synod. I watched the World Over Live recording for this past Monday with Raymond's interview with Cardinal Burke. What an amazing Cardinal who is sticking up for the fullness of the truth.
Bishops and representatives from all over the world, the Third Extraordinary
General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been convoked to discuss the “family in the context of evangelization,”
according to the Vatican News Agency.
One year prior, Pope Francis declared there would be
an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops; one year later they
at Vatican City. The Synod started on October 5th 2014 and is
planned to go until the 19th of this month.
According to the
Vatican website it will include, “253 men and women representing the Universal
Church” to discuss "the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of
When asked about her
reaction to the Synod, Veola Burchett, the director of the Family and Pro-life
office at the Diocese of Salt Lake said, “This
was exciting, but not unexpected. Over the past few years the Bishops have been really
looking at and strengthening family and marriage issues.”
In addition, Fr. James OSB, the procurator and
vocations director at St. Procopius Abbey commented that he expected “very
little, to be honest, beyond a general hope that God would work through the
Synod for the good of the Church.”
will the Synod focus on?
preparatory document entitled Pastoral
Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization it outlines some
of the issues that the Synod will discuss, such as “the widespread practice
of cohabitation, which does not lead to marriage, and sometimes even excludes
the idea of it, to same-sex unions between persons, who are, not infrequently,
permitted to adopt children…”
inter-religious marriages; the single-parent family; polygamy; marriages with
the consequent problem of a dowry, sometimes understood as the purchase price
of the woman; the caste system; a culture of non-commitment and a presumption
that the marriage bond can be temporary; forms of feminism hostile to the
Church; migration and the reformulation of the very concept of the family; relativist
pluralism in the conception of marriage.”
“The influence of the
media on popular culture in its understanding of marriage and family life;
underlying trends of thought in legislative proposals which devalue the idea of
permanence and faithfulness in the marriage covenant; an increase in the
practice of surrogate motherhood (wombs for hire); and new
interpretations of what is considered a human right.”
What is an Extraordinary General Assembly of
the Synod of Bishops?
According to the USCCB (United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops) site “the Synod of Bishops is a
permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was establish by Pope Paul VI
in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council.”
Extraordinary General Assembly is “called ‘"Extraordinary"’ when it is
convened to deal with matters "which require a speedy solution"’ and
which demand "immediate attention for the good of the entire Church.”’
keep in mind, this Synod is not here to change doctrine and dogma or to alter the
Catholic Church’s truths. It is an “assembly of bishops from around the world who
assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the
Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her
goal of this Synod is not to create something different but as Burchett pointed
out, it is more about “creating an
awareness of the Church’s teachings on the family” than having a different
Pastoral approach to family and evangelization.
According to Fr. James he feels that
“too many are drifting from the sacraments, especially among the young. How to
get across the Gospel more effectively is a challenge for the Church in every
age and place, but we seem to be doing especially poorly now. So in that sense, obviously something
different is needed.”
will the outcome of the Synod be?
no one can know for sure of what the Synod will come up with, it is best to
trust that the Holy Spirit will guide them in the way of truth. Burchett’s hope“is that there
will be similar initiatives come from this that came from the Marriage
Initiative…I would also hope there would be a great push for families to attend
the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015.”
We can be sure that the Synod will be doing its best
to find a better pastoral approach to family issues and evangelization, and we
must remain open to hear what the Synod of Bishops has to say.
expects, “Long documents, some new committees, and disappointment. I hope that’s not merely the cynicism of an
older fellow, but I am skeptical about the likelihood (maybe even the
desirability) of instant solutions.”
Many people over social media sites such as Facebook
have been commenting and have made comments on the Synod and calling Cardinal
Kasper “a heretic.”
While some of his views might be considered liberal
“there needs to remain open dialogue, because even in the loudest of uproar,
there is something that needs to be heard…We need to listen, to help heal, and
to bring about peace. We can also learn
from the negatives,” remarked Burchett.
Part of the conflict is based on the reception of
Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.
Fr. James says that “should Cardinal Kasper or
anyone else have a solution that would genuinely help them, well and
good, if the Synod determines it be God’s will.
But how to go about this without seeming to devalue the sanctity of
marriage, that will be the difficulty.”
Burchett said that we won’t have
much information about what the Synod has decided for a few weeks after the
meetings have closed. In the meantime like Fr. James said, “St. John XXIII used
to close his nightly prayers occasionally by saying, ‘“Okay, it’s your Church,
God. You work it out. I’m going to sleep.”’