Love Unveiled

Chapter 16 – Prayer: The Encounter of God’s Thirst with Ours Love Unveiled 8

This is the final chapter in Love Unveiled. In the coming weeks we will be choosing another book to read together online. If you would like to give your input to choose our next selection from, you can find more information HERE. Questions for your comment – What is/was the most challenging obstacle to prayer for you? What ways did you try to overcome that obstacle? What is one thing you could do to enhance your prayer life? What is your favorite prayer or prayers? What other prayer opportunities would you like to see …Follow this path →

Chapter 15 – Love and Responsibility: Life, Sex, and Care for the Poor Love Unveiled

Mary –  This chapter touches on a few things that I think are very important to the practice of our faith so I will touch on them here, simply as a reminder.  First, we do live in a very self-centered society where all the emphasis is on achieving, obtaining, gaining, laying up, more and more for ourselves and those closest to us, rather than emphasizing the community and the need to care for others.  We must remember that when much is given to us, much is expected as well.    Can any of us say that …Follow this path →

Chapter 14 – A Catholic Moral Worldview Love Unveiled

In my graduate studies at Duquesne University, Fr. Sean Kealy taught a course on the Old Testament and his words still come to mind when talking about moral law. He encouraged us to view the Ten Commandments not as rules to restrict us, but rather as a Charter of Freedom. For each of the commandments he would explain how living that commandment would liberate one from fear or burden or loss. For example, honoring your parents would free them from the fear of growing old, safe in the knowledge that they would be taken care …Follow this path →

Chapter 13 – Confession Love Unveiled

In this chapter, Sri unfolds the Sacrament of Reconciliation and also looks at some of the common objections or obstacles folks have in frequenting this sacrament. With regards to faith, sometimes our eyes are blinded or, perhaps more accurately, we are not open to the grace God wishes to pour into our lives. I must admit, that until a retreat given by Archbishop Bernard (Bernie, as he likes to be called) Hebda, I had little interest in Divine Mercy or Saint Faustina. Mercy was the theme of the retreat given by Archbishop Hebda and in …Follow this path →

Chapter 11 – The Holy Eucharist: God with Us Love Unveiled 3

Questions for your comments – When did you receive your First Holy Communion? What do you remember best about it? How do you prepare for Mass today? How could you prepare better for Mass? What distracts you from preparing for it and how can you overcome those problems? What place does Eucharistic Adoration have in your life? How are you the “Body of Christ” at work or at home? +2

Chapter 8 – Mary and the Saints Love Unveiled

Mary – This chapter is a wonderful and complete apologetic on the Catholic understanding of Mary, the mother of Christ.  The subject of Mary is probably one of the most popular when it comes to non-Catholic criticism of our faith.  This chapter should give each reader a solid, clear, grounded explanation of how to defend what we believe about Mary – from her queenship, to her role as Mediatrix, to her preservation from sin and Assumption into heaven.   We are even treated to brief explanations of how the Church came to understand some of these …Follow this path →

Chapter 7 – Why Do I Need the Church? Love Unveiled 2

Please share your thoughts and comments on this chapter or the questions below! Why did Jesus establish a church? How would you answer someone who says that it does not matter if you belong to the Catholic Church or attend Mass as long as you are a good person and have faith in Jesus? Do you really see the Church as “catholic” (universal)? The Pittsburgh Diocese is going through the “On Mission for the Church Alive” process which will decrease the number of parishes from over 200 to under 50. Do members often value their …Follow this path →

Chapter 6 – “Clothed with Power from On High” Love Unveiled 2

Please comment on the questions below or any comments you would like to offer on this chapter. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was active, but hidden. In the New Testament, the Spirit is very visible. In my life, is the Holy Spirit’s presence and action, hidden, evident, or not noticed at all? What are evidences of the work of the Holy Spirit in my parish community? What is your favorite symbol of the Holy Spirit? How does that symbol reflect the nature and action of the Holy Spirit? How can I remove the …Follow this path →

Chapter 5 – The Triumph of the Cross Love Unveiled 2

Mary – Chapter 5 gives us an in-depth explanation of how and why Jesus’ death on the Cross is a triumph.  There are a few important things to ‘take away’ from this chapter.  First, we have Jesus as sacrifice.  We understand Passover as a meal with historical significance for God’s people, who were spared tragedy by marking their doors with the blood of the sacrificial lamb.  At the Last Supper, Jesus introduces what will be the New Covenant with God, where he will become the sacrificial lamb, and HIS blood will save those who believe …Follow this path →