Bearing fruit for the Kingdom

Our diocese was blessed with the ordination of two new priests on May 20, Fr. John Martin and Fr. Stephen Hauck. In the Gospel read at the ordination Mass, Jesus reminds us that He is the vine, we are the branches, and that with Him we “will bear much fruit” (John 15:5) and thus glorify the Father.

Surprisingly modern insights from an old children's book

I recently started seeing a priest for spiritual direction. The first book he recommended was a pretty obvious choice, An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, filled with short, thought-provoking, spiritually challenging meditations. The second book he gave me was a bit of a surprise.

Why do we renew our baptismal promises?

Our human identity is intimately linked to the sacrament of baptism; through it we are reborn as children of God. In baptism we are incorporated into the life of Christ. This rebirth includes the freedom from sin and our incorporation into the Church, sharing in Christ’s redemptive mission on the cross.