Students in white lab coats, pharmacists, nurses in scrubs, doctors, and other healthcare professionals — nearly 40 of them — lined the center pews of St. Patrick Cathedral Oct. 6. Every year around the feast day of St. Luke, the patron saint of doctors and surgeons, medical workers flock to the cathedral to attend the White Mass, a service held specifically for those in the health professions. Hosted by the Medical Association of Catholic Students (MACS) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the Mass is an important reminder of the purpose and sense of mission behind many of the healing professions, according to Ruben Solis, a first-year medical student.
One of the most beloved images of Jesus occurs in the book of Revelation. It depicts the Savior standing outside knocking on the door, waiting to be let into one’s heart. To illustrate the need for a shift in disposition among the faithful in order to proclaim the Gospel, however, Pope Francis has taken this image and reframed it by asking, “How often is Jesus inside knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let Him out. . . .”
Father Robert Ruhnke, CSSR, a experienced marriage preparation consultant, stunned his audience with some startling statistics at the 2014 University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC) held Oct. 23-25 at the Irving Convention Center. According to some research studies, the average length of marriage in the United States is 18 months. Rethinking the way couples prepare for marriage could change that trend, according to the noted author of For Better & For Ever, a resource handbook for the newly-engaged.