The Bishops of the Second Vatican Council called the Mass the “fount and apex of the Christian life." Because they understood the supreme importance of the Eucharist, they encouraged everyone to participate fully...
In the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist - we are freed from the power of darkness. We are joined to Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
To a Catholic, the Mass is not only a sacred offering; it is also a sacred meal. That is why Jesus chose to use bread and wine for it. In this way we experience God's love and friendship for us by accepting the bread of life.'
Death is shocking. It stirs up a range of emotions. Even when death is not unexpected, it brings grief, pain and sorrow. The celebration of the passing of a person from life to eternal life can be an important source of comfort and strength for those who mourn.
A commitment in any relationship is a challenging task. But to surrender the self to the demands of married life is a great opportunity for fulfilment and growth for anyone.
Prior to Vatican II, when Catholics spoke of Vocation they usually meant the call to Religious Life or Priesthood. The problem with this was that many people, and especially those called to Marriage, thought that they did not have a Vocation.
This document is a companion to Marriage in the Catholic Church: Frequently Asked Questions published in 2006 by the Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Sickness and pain have always been a heavy burden for people, and somewhat difficult to explain. Christians like other people are prone to such trials but their faith does help them to understand to some extent this mystery of suffering and to bear pain more courageously.