Opening the Gate: The Sacrament of Baptism

Opening the Gate: The Sacrament of Baptism

Featured, Headlines, January 2017
A precious baby being held by parents and godparents is the sweet image which most likely comes to mind when you think about baptism. But the true image of baptism is much more radical than that; it is our rebirth as Christians and it opens the gate to all the other sacraments and to faith itself. Since most Christians are baptized as babies, we tend not to think all that much about this profound reality. “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made…
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Living Advent Faith

Living Advent Faith

December 2016, Featured, Headlines
Living day to day we might not always be aware of God’s call or activity in our life.  We may not see how these key themes and characters of Advent have any relation to the faith life we are trying to lead.  That sentiment is often expressed by those who find themselves unexpectedly involved in meaningful efforts and which almost always deepen their own faith. “Mary said, ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 When the Benedictine Monks began building Blue Cloud Abbey in the 1950s, they could not have imagined that someday they would need to determine what to do with the buildings and adjacent land. But with few vocations…
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