Weekly Updaates – January 1, 2017

Made for the Common Good
This video is part of the series created for the “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” initiative of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. This initiative seeks to assist Catholics and all people of good will to understand the unique gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Its four themes are sexual difference (explored in “Made for Each Other”), the gift of children (“Made for Life”), religious freedom (“Made for Freedom”), and the common good (“Made for the Common Good”). The importance of marriage to the common good of society is explored in view of the redefinition of marriage in the law. It will be accompanied by a study guide.

Christmas Hope | Homily: Cardinal Seán O’Malley
Cardinal Seán O’Malley preaches about hope and beginning again during Christmas Mass.
December 25, 2016 | The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Away in a Manger
The Christmas story is told through the eyes, words and imagination of children in this delightful program by Salt + Light Television.

2016 : A year with Pope Francis

2016.12.25 Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi blessing
Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas message and the Apostolic Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to those listening to him on radio and television.
Pope Francis: Christmas message “Urbi et Orbi”: full text

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis
For the celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace
1 January 2017
Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace

Pope to Cardinals, personal conversion key to reform – Vatican Connections
With Christmas just a few days away, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Curia at the Vatican, saying that real reform happens first through personal conversion. He named the first female director to the Vatican Museums. And we look back at the Holy Father’s birthday as he just turned 80.

Take Courage: Same-Sex Attractions and the Church – Catholic Focus
A look at ministering to young people struggling with same-sex attraction.

Why I love you, o Mary !
Sanctuary of Lisieux – Poem of Saint Therese

Bishop Barron on “The Way of a Pilgrim”
The Way of a Pilgrim, whose author is unknown to us, concerns a man from mid-nineteenth century Russia who found himself deeply puzzled by St. Paul’s comment in first Thessalonians that we should “pray unceasingly.” How, he wondered, amidst all of the demands of life, is this even possible? With the Jesus Prayer on his lips, he seeks the answer on a pilgrimage. What he finds is a lesson for us all.

Exclusive: Martin Scorsese discusses his faith, his struggles, and “Silence.”
Director Martin Scorsese sits down with Fr. James Martin to discuss his faith, his films and his new movie SILENCE
Silence | official trailer (2016) Martin Scorsese

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