Browsing the November 2018 archive of Apologetics

On the First Sunday of Advent: A Message from Your Pastor

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/30/18

Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King: the last Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is one of my favorite liturgical feasts because it was established by one of my favorite popes, Pius XI (1922-1939) and because it was written to stave off a growing secularism in society.

And there is no better example of that growing secularism than the crazy commercialism of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah in Christmas, and yet nearly every mention of Him is done away with. It’s like celebrating your child’s or friend’s birthday and telling them about how great the party is going to be but then asking them not to come. It is ... Read More »

Reestablishing Christ’s Reign in Our Lives

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/26/18

The month of November happens to contain one of my favorite feast days.  Since 1925 the last Sunday of ordinary time has been dedicated to Christ the King.  It’s one of my favorites because it was established by one of the most underrated popes in recent history, Pius XI (1922-1939).

Pius established the feast in his encyclical letter, “Quas Primas,” which was written to address a growing secularism in the first part of the 20th century.  We would do well to read the writings of this pope, who reigned between the two world wars, to see how he was a prophet for the world at the beginning of the 21st century.  In fact I would say as a certified “popeaholic” he is certainly in my top ten popes of all ... Read More »

89-year-old Encyclical Holds Key Lessons for Us Today

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/26/18

Encyclicals are letters of high importance. Traditionally issued by any bishop, in recent times they have become an exclusive activity of the Bishop of Rome.

They are generally written to the entire church, and often a pope’s first encyclical will give a pretty clear indication where and how he ... Read More »

Some Catholic Traditions Come from Apocryphal Books

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/20/18

On Nov. 21, the church celebrates the liturgical feast called the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast commemorates the event of Mary at the age of 3 being brought to the Temple in Jerusalem and left there to be raised by holy women. It is a feast ... Read More »

Go to Daily Mass—As Excited As a Little Kid Running In

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/08/18

  As I wrote a couple of months back, as of this summer I am assigned to a new parish, St. James in Duluth.  Being new here, I am still getting used to the space, and one challenge is that there are two main entrances to the church.  One ... Read More »

Purgatory: Fiery Furnace or Heaven’s Waiting Room?

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/05/18

I am a news-aholic.  It is not uncommon for me to turn the radio on at the top of the hour to catch the headlines five or six times a day.  One thing I have observed in the media over the years is how often newscasters will say something ... Read More »