Corpus Christi Blog

The Joy of Giving

10-24-2021Weekly ReflectionKathleen Foley, Director of Mission Advancement

The great thing about gifts is that, more often than not, giving and receiving them are occasions of joy and happiness. The only time I have ever truly surprised my husband – to the point of him being speechless – was more than twenty years ago. We had been together for about a year, and I surprised him with tickets to an event. I felt overjoyed to be able to give that gift to him!

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The Domestic Church

10-17-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

While the pro-life movement typically focuses on the physical life of the human body, as Catholics, our understanding of life continues on to our eternal life and the desire for it to be in heaven with the triune God. However, getting to heaven is not something to be left to chance or an over-reliance on God’s abundant mercy. Rather, we must be intentional about how we live our lives as Christians -- moving toward virtue and away from sin. Similarly, we must be intentional with how we raise our children in the Faith so that we will help prepare them for their own eternal life. Children hold a very special place in the heart of the Church and, as a pro-life religion, we must raise them up with the care their souls deserve.

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Euthanasia and Suicide

10-10-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Content Warning: This piece discusses suicide — a sensitive topic that may be traumatic for some people. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. If you are grieving the loss of someone who has died by suicide, know that you are not alone and please have hope and trust in God’s mercy. For a directory of resources and support, visit bit.ly/afterasuicide. For online support groups, check out: Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) based out of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Abortion

10-03-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Editor’s Note: This piece discusses abortion — a topic that can bring up many emotions for people. No matter what your story is, or where you are in your journey, we want you to know that God loves you and the Church loves you. If you are dealing with anger, sadness, shame, fear— or are hurting in any way — resulting from a connection to abortion, Jesus desires healing, wholeness, and restoration for you. If you or someone you know needs help finding healing and hope after an abortion, please contact Rachel’s Vineyard at 877-467-3463 or the National Hotline for Abortion Recovery at 866-482-5433. Additional information is available at rachelsvineyard.org.

“I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed...do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope.” (EVANGELIUM VITAE, 99 - St. John Paul II)

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Care of the Body

09-26-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Perhaps you have heard the following quote, often attributed, potentially inaccurately, to C.S. Lewis: “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” Regardless of where this concept came from, it is not necessarily original in substance, but it is worth developing a deeper understanding of what it means.

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Priest, Prophet, and King

09-19-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, had a three-fold office and mission during His time with us on Earth. He was priest, prophet, and king. However, He did not simply occupy these roles like those before Him. We have plenty of examples of great priests, prophets, and kings throughout scripture and salvation history. Rather, He came to fulfill each of those roles in its perfection so that the Kingdom of Heaven might be made manifest on Earth.

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Sin

09-12-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

This week we’re going to closely examine sin – its definition and the different types. Often times, those outside of the Catholic Church misunderstand the Catholic approach to sin. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Catholic guilt” as a pseudo-explanation for our emphasis on our sins as if to keep us down, wallowing in our own muck, and avoiding the fun in life. The truth is, the Catholic approach to sin provides an honest and vulnerable look at the reality of human nature, while providing hope in mercy and forgiveness and motivation to do better. If heaven is truly our goal, we cannot achieve it without a continual examination of our relationships with God and our neighbors.

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Anger

09-05-2021Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Today we will engage in an examination of anger. We will determine when it is or is not a sin and learn what we might do about it when it starts to consume us. This topic seemed timely to me since, throughout the last few years, many of us have experienced anger at various people and situations, whether general or specific. We live in a society that is currently polarized on everything – politics, the handling of COVID, the closure of our churches, the media, and whether or not we are being charitable to our neighbor. In our climate today, there seems to be a reflex to be angry toward those with whom we disagree, rather than a desire to seek understanding through civil dialog. In addition to all these external factors, we have all had to deal with our own individual situations that stir up anger, whether it be with family members, friends, coworkers, and perhaps even our priests, bishops, and others within the Church. If you have not experienced some level of anger in the last couple of years, then you are certainly on a path to heroic virtue and should keep up the good work. However, I suspect the vast majority of us have experienced at least some struggle with anger in our recent past.

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