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Archived News - 2014

Dec 8, 2014

Father Lawrence Lover, C.Ss.R., dies at age 90

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Lawrence Edward Lover died on December 6, 2014, surrounded by members of his family and his confreres at St. John Neumann Residence (Stella Maris) in Timonium, Md.

Dec 1, 2014

Redemptorists elect new provincial, leadership team

The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province have elected a new leadership team to guide the province through the next four years. Election results were announced Nov. 28, and the newly elected men will begin their term Jan. 12, 2015.

Oct 21, 2014

Let your faith guide your vote

The U.S. Catholic bishops have a free voter guide that can help you examine and discern the issues you’ll vote on in November.

Oct 20, 2014

USCCB president clarifies synod document

USCCB president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz clarifies the initial document released by the Synod on the Family.

Oct 13, 2014

Father Lawrence Murphy dies at 92

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Lawrence Joseph Murphy died on October 7, 2014, in the C.Ss.R. community at Timonium, Maryland

Oct 5, 2014

Because I’m Happy

What do Pope Francis and Pharrell Williams have in common?

Sep 1, 2014

Congratulate our Jubilarians!

Please join us in congratulating all the Redemptorists of our province who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year. You’ll find them listed below.

Aug 13, 2014

Students of Benedict XVI to discuss theology of the cross at encounter

The annual meeting of Benedict XVI’s students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss the theology of the cross, a member of the circle has said.

Aug 11, 2014

U.S. Catholics organize prayers for peace in Iraq

Catholics throughout the United States are organizing efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians.

Aug 9, 2014

Sister who won The Voice Italy renews religious vows

Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the last season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily.

Jul 24, 2014

Redemptorists prepare to celebrate the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

April 26, 2016, will be a very special day for the Redemptorists. That date will mark 150 years since the Redemptorists were asked by Pope Pius IX to “make her known throughout the world.”

Jun 18, 2014

Brother Martin de Porres Smith dies at 73

Brother Martin de Porres Smith died June 18 in Timonium, Maryland. He was 73. Read or download his obituary . . .

Jun 3, 2014

Father David Verghese is ordained May 31

View a slideshow of pictures from Father David’s ordination and first Mass.

May 16, 2014

Join us for the Redemptorist Missionary Youth Congress!

Are you between age 18 and 40? Join us July 28 through August 1 for the Redemptorist Missionary Youth Congress, a joint effort of all the North American Redemptorist Provinces.

May 13, 2014

The fulfillment of a dream

Learn more about Father David Verghese, who was ordained a priest on May 31.

Apr 26, 2014

Father James Paul Lundy dies at 95

Father James Paul Lundy died on April 26 in New York City. He was 95. Read or download his obituary . . .

Apr 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

As a child I got to wear my best clothes on Easter Sunday. Sometimes that even meant new clothes, which was a wonderful, even if perhaps unintentional, proclamation of the new life

Apr 19, 2014

Lenten reflection, Holy Saturday

In the Liturgy of the Hours for today, we read from an ancient homily: “Something strange is happening; there is a great silence on earth today.” It is good that we keep silence today to reflect on the death of Jesus.

Apr 18, 2014

Lenten reflection, Good Friday

I once taught a class of sixth graders about how Jesus saves us from sin through His death and resurrection. A boy asked, “If Jesus was God, why did He have to die?” I was stumped, so

Apr 17, 2014

Lenten reflection, Maundy Thursday

Toward the end of the musical Les Misérables, the young Marius sings: “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken; there’s a pain goes on and on; empty chairs at empty tables; now my friends are

Apr 16, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 37

A recent Time magazine cover story featured soldiers returning from war. Besieged by nightmares, anger, and addiction, many find relief and renewed purpose by helping others. The article asked, “Can service save us?”

Apr 15, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 36

In the Gospel today we are confronted with the betrayal of Jesus. In the intimacy of a meal, He reveals the identity of His betrayer and humbles Peter by predicting publicly that he will deny Him. Jesus, even as the Christ,

Apr 14, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 35

The Gospel says that Judas was a thief who stole from the common purse of Jesus’ small community. We know how Judas’ little betrayals led to the final betrayal of Jesus Himself.

Apr 13, 2014

Lenten reflection, Passion Sunday

In English, passion can mean intense emotion, or it can refer to the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On this day it means both.

Apr 12, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 34

We are scattered by our religious, cultural, and personal differences. The work of unity is the purpose of the new covenant. Experiences of oneness lead to rejoicing in the Lord: barriers are broken down, and mourning is turned into gladness.

Apr 11, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 33

In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; from his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears

Apr 10, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 32

Christ had not yet been crucified and raised from the dead when He spoke the words in today’s Gospel: “Whoever keeps My word will never see death.” The Jews could not understand, so they picked up stones to throw at Him.

Apr 9, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 31

Very often I find myself advising folks in the confessional about the need to be honest. I am convinced that there are three types of honesty: with God, with others, and with oneself.

Apr 8, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 30

The Chosen People in today’s reading have wandered the desert and received the Ten Commandments and now in God’s providence are preparing to enter the Promised Land. You would think they would be grateful. No! They’re complaining!

Apr 7, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 29

Today’s Gospel is not so much about sin but about God’s mercy. Was Jesus to leave aside the compassion, the mercy, and the love He preached and condemn the woman caught in adultery? No.

Apr 6, 2014

Lenten reflection, fifth Sunday

In today’s Gospel, Jesus experiences the pain of loss in the death of his friend Lazarus. Jesus not only consoles Lazarus’ family, he also gives them hope: “Our friend, Lazarus, is asleep,” and he can awaken and come back to life.

Apr 5, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 28

Today’s Gospel shows us the evil and stupidity of prejudice. Crowds of people, and even some Pharisees, are awed by Jesus’ words and deeds. But most of the Pharisees, learned in biblical studies, refuse to accept Jesus or His mission.

Apr 4, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 27

According to popular belief, the Messiah was supposed to burst upon the scene mysteriously. No mystery here. The people react somewhat

Apr 3, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 26

What then does Jesus mean when He says, “I do not accept human praise”? Is Jesus saying that it is wrong to accept human praise?

Apr 2, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 25

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of how He and His Father are one and do the same things. Both Jesus and the Father raise people to life. To honor Jesus is to honor the Father.

Apr 1, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 24

Jesus approached a man who had been disabled for 38 years and asked a seemingly foolish question: “Do you want to be healed?” The obvious response was, “Of course!” Jesus cured him by telling him simply to pick up his mat and walk.

Mar 31, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 23

Jesus is the wellspring of new life, of joy and happiness in the Gospel. When He heals the son of the royal official, both the child and the father are Jesus’ “joy” and His “delight.”

Mar 30, 2014

Lenten reflection, fourth Sunday

Today’s Gospel reminds me of the expression “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The blind man comes to sight, to faith.

Mar 29, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 22

The key to understanding today’s readings is found in the psalm: “It is mercy I desire and not sacrifice.” This is nearly an exact quote of God’s statement in the first reading.

Mar 28, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 21

God calls most of us to show our love for Him by showing our love for those we run into day in and day out. That’s where “love your neighbor” comes into play.

Mar 27, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 20

How human is that: people suggest an impossibility rather than believe what should be obvious: the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of peace, has arrived and is now available to all.

Mar 26, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 19

God in His abundant love only wants our happiness and gave us instructions on how to live so that we will be happy. He started with the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic Law.

Mar 25, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 18: the Annunciation

Today we see Mary give her “yes” to God’s saving plan, and we are reminded of that freedom for love that true Christian discipleship demands.

Mar 24, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 17

Jesus, who was the very wisdom and power of God, was not accepted in His home territory simply because that was home. Surely all the great prophets must have credentials, one of which was to be from a more prestigious town than Nazareth.

Mar 23, 2014

Lenten reflection, third Sunday

People had been coming for centuries to the well where Jesus and the woman met. Jacob himself drank from the well. The place was one of ritual and tradition, to which people had walked, drawn water, and returned home with more than when they arrived.

Mar 22, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 16

Today’s parable presents sin as ending up in the wrong place. The younger son, demanding his share of the inheritance, ends up in a foreign land, penniless, friendless, swilling slop with the pigs.

Mar 21, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 15

Sometimes we look at our families and friends and say, “Why does he have more money than me?” or “Why does she have nicer things?” Jealousy begins to take over our lives and can kill our relationships.

Mar 20, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 14

We must always keep doing good, even if we feel like it’s a waste of time or get discouraged because our solutions didn’t work the first time.

Mar 19, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 13: St. Joseph

St. Joseph is known for a number of things: he is the just man, the husband of Mary, the patron of a happy death, the patron of the Universal Church. But there is another fact about St. Joseph that is frequently overlooked. Apparently

Mar 18, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 12

What compels first responders to put their lives on the line for strangers? What keeps them searching when the last light of hope has been extinguished?

Mar 17, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 11

Because St. Patrick chose to give rather than to take, he became a powerful force for good in the world. He became a saint.

Mar 16, 2014

Lenten reflection, second Sunday

The life of faith is never about what we can do. God always takes the first step, and then we “hear the word of God and act on it” (Luke 8:21).

Mar 15, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 10: St. Clement Hofbauer

St. Clement established the northern European Redemptorists in an era when the Church was attacked by intellectuals, society, and government.

Mar 14, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 9

Jesus warns His disciples and us: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

Mar 13, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 8

Today’s Gospel is perhaps too familiar. It invites us to an intimacy with God similar to that of a beloved child with loving parents but surpassing anything we have ever known. God desires only to give us love.

Mar 12, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 7

In our first reading Jonah failed to listen and obey God and found himself in big trouble. But he’s in luck as “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.”

Mar 11, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 6

In our Gospel, Jesus offers to His disciples, and to us, the perfect prayer of praise, thanksgiving, intercession, and petition.

Mar 10, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 5

The readings today begin with a statement directly from God: “Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” We then hear a general summary of the commandments, which call us to be caring

Mar 9, 2014

Lenten reflection, first Sunday

Why cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, and children with significant handicaps? Why tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes?

Mar 8, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 4

Suddenly it can make sense to decide fully for God. The grace of God can do that for anyone. Today’s Gospel tells how it happened to Levi, whom we now know as St. Matthew. The call made sense to Jesus too, though it was a scandal to others.

Mar 7, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 3

Unlike the consoling voice we hear during Advent, the Isaiah we hear today is a prophet challenging people who do religious things but who have not let their religion change their hearts. This is a common theme of Jesus later on. It is a pitfall for all o

Mar 6, 2014

Lenten reflection, day 2

When Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised,” He is referring to the Paschal Mystery.

Mar 6, 2014

A mission to Cuba

The people of rural Martí, Cuba, show ‘a hunger to learn more about the faith’

Mar 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday: today's Lenten reflection

How do we want to spend our Lent? Our main objective is spiritual growth so that by the time we enter into Holy Week, we are better prepared to celebrate these holiest of days.

Feb 28, 2014

Lenten reflections booklet available now

Ready for Lent? Our 2014 booklet of daily reflections—available in paper and free pdf versions—can help.

Jan 28, 2014

Student debt delays some Americans from religious life

About 10 percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the United States in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says.

Jan 23, 2014

Cardinal: joy and compassion are at heart of pro-life movement

Catholics in the pro-life movement must “evangelize with beauty and with joy” as they seek to offer compassionate aid to women facing difficult pregnancies, said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston.

Jan 22, 2014

March for Life is important witness of unity, advocate says

The annual March for Life plays a foundational role in the Church’s work of promoting human dignity at all stages of development, said a member of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office.

Jan 21, 2014

Thousands defend Holy See’s UN status against attacks

Catholics have joined with members of other faiths to support the Holy See’s permanent observer status at the United Nations, defending against a group of abortion proponents seeking to oust the body from the international organization.

Jan 17, 2014

Supreme Court hears abortion zone case, declines 20-week ban

The Supreme Court will rule this year on a case involving “buffer zones” outside abortion clinics, but it has declined to hear a case on state abortion bans after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Jan 14, 2014

USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.

Jan 10, 2014

Father Vincent Douglass dies at 77

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Vincent John Douglass died quietly in his sleep on January 10, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Villa in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was 77 years old.

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