As you read this post, I would assume that 99.9% of you all know exactly where your cell phone is located. There is a great chance that it is within arms reach. Mine is about 6 inches from my left elbow right now. That is just the world we live in anymore. Our cell phones are like lifelines. But what about your Bible? Where is that? Mine is on a nightstand next to my bed. Regardless of where yours is, your more likely to check your cell phone rather than the Bible.

But what if it was the other way around?

That is the message that Pope Francis delivered to pilgrims before leading the Angelus at St. Peters’s Square on Sunday.

“You forget you mobile phone – oh! I do not have it, I go back to look for it; if you read the messages of God contained in the Bible as we read the messages of the phone…” he said.

According to the Catholic News Agency, “This is what we must do against the temptations of the devil, the Pope said. The comparison between the Bible and our cellphones “is strange, but sobering.”

Whether it is a pocket version of the Bible, or an app on your phone, during this Lenten season, let us treat the Bible as we normally do our cell phones.

You can find the entire article here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More at 12:05 p.m. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and signals the approach to Easter.

Bishop Burbidge reminds us, “Lent is a special invitation to deepen our commitment to daily conversion so that we are living with in integrity and holiness of life. With the help of our Lord, we achieve this radical transformation through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. First is prayer, reminding us of our complete dependency on God. Secondly, fasting allows us to let go of the things that weigh us down and that we do not need, and to remind us that only God can satisfy the hunger of our hearts. Finally, our recommitment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ transforms our hearts, as we grow in generosity.”

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
12:05 p.m.

Where: Cathedral of Saint Thomas More
3901 N. Cathedral Lane
Arlington

 

More than 65 couples showed up at Saint Agnes Church in Arlington for to celebrate World Marriage Day yesterday, Sunday, February 12.

World Marriage Day is celebrated in the second Sunday of February every year.

Father Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, was the principal celebrant and homilist at this special Mass, offering words of reflection for married couples. The Mass also included a include a special Blessing of Rings, and couples were able to partake in communion side by side.

Also as a special reminder, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!

The picture of World Marriage Day are courtesy of Emily Benson.

In honor of World Marriage Day, February 12, 2017, Father Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will be the principalcelebrant and homilist at a special Mass, offering words of reflection for married couples. The Mass will include a special Blessing of Rings.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 5–8 p.m.

Where: Saint Agnes Church  1910 N Randolph Street  Arlington, VA 22207

A reception will immediately follow Mass.

Bishop Burbidge commented on World Marriage Week:

From February 7–14, dioceses across the United States will celebrate World Marriage Week, in which World Marriage Sunday on February 12 holds special prominence. This time offers us a wonderful opportunity to thank God for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon His people through the gift of Matrimony.  Where love and life abound in holy marriages, society flourishes.  As our Holy Father Pope Francis has said, “The sacrament of Marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses” (Amoris Laetitia, 72).  I am grateful to the married couples in the Diocese of Arlington who serve as faithful witnesses of Christian matrimony, and I pray that the Lord may continue to bless them.  May Our Lord Jesus also inspire those who hear His call to the vocation of marriage to prepare worthily and to rely on His amazing grace.       

God works in mysterious ways. As a Catholic, by now, we all know that. This story, however, from the Catholic News Agency, might just take the cake. A woman became a nun. No big deal. It happens all the time. Her reason: Elephants. Yes, elephants.

In 2008, Hindu militants attacked Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India. Massive causalities took place. One girl,Sr. Alanza Nayak, a 10th grader at the time, took off to a forest area to survive. According to the CNA, “A year after the attacks, a herd of elephants came back to the village and destroyed the farms and houses of those who had persecuted the Christians.”

“I was convinced it was the powerful hand of God toward helpless Christians,” Sister Nayak told Matters India. The animals were later referred to as “Christian elephants,” she added.

The rest of the story can be found here.

With the Super Bowl, the culmination of another NFL season, coming up on Sunday, people will gather in front of countless TVs and watch the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons for their place in football lure. Some will watch for the game, others for the commercials, and some will just want to be in the atmosphere among friends. For some Catholics, however, a conundrum may arise.

The violence of the game in which players sustain potentially life threatening injuries such as CTE, risky commercials, and a potentially provocative halftime show, have been reasons that Catholics have found issues with the Big Game in the past.

Charles Camosy, a professor of ethics at Fordham University, told the CNA, ““The key is to be hyper aware of what this is, what you’re doing, and where you stand. Be aware that we need to resist those things. Even call it out as you’re watching.”

Despite some of the drawbacks from the game, there are also positives that can be taken. Teamwork, dedication, God-given talent, and the ability for inclusiveness among a group of people are all lessons that watching football provides.

Chad Pecknold, a professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America, sums it up well. “Ultimately, Christians can watch football with a clean conscience, but they might want to turn off the halftime show.”

You can find the rest of the story from the Catholic News Agency here. Leave a comment below about if you are watching the game and who you’ll be cheering for!

Thank You Teresa!

1160 AM WMET would like to give Teresa Tomeo and everyone who helped with the production of Catholic Connection a big thank you! It was awesome to host you all this morning and please don’t be strangers. If you are going to the March for Life tomorrow be sure to help Mrs. Tomeo create the media storm she’s been asking for by using the hashtags #WhyWeMarch, #Press, #CovertheMarch, #MarchforLife, and #DC.

Thanks also to Fr. Sean Sheridan, President of the Franciscan University of Stubenville for being a great guest and sharing your wealth of knowledge with all of us this morning!

Yesterday, clergy from several Christian traditions including Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist, joined the Catholic Diocese of Arlington for an annual prayer service for Christian unity. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, participated in the prayer service together with the Rt. Rev. Edwin Gulick Jr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; Rev. Richard Graham, Bishop of Metropolitan Washington for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; and Rev. Tom Joyce of the Virginia Conference of United Methodist Church.

A new finding by The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) puts the number of Christians murdered worldwide at 900,000 in the last decade because of their faith in Jesus Christ. That is an average of 90,000 killed per year, or one every six minutes. *