In 2017, Theology 101 is focusing on the topic of evangelization. Specifically, the task is to offer some ways of approaching various questions Catholics may encounter from co-workers, family and friends regarding the practice of the faith. Of course, we must remember that nothing can replace the power of witnessing to the Good News through our own actions and words, combined with our willingness to accompany others on their faith journey.
Dear Father Joe:
After a disaster, I hear people who were saved talking about how they were ‘blessed.’ Does that mean the people who died were not? Should we be using that word that way?
This is a tough question, because the answer more or less depends on the person's intent when they say it. Let me share with you an incorrect way to use the word “blessed” and then an understanding of it.
Pictured right: Pope Francis is welcomed by students as he arrives to attend a meeting at the University of Roma Tre in Rome, Italy
It’s great to get an opportunity to answer this question. It pops up a lot in various forms and has often become a throw-away response, given without thought as to whether or not it’s true.
Feast Day - March 20
Saint María Josefa felt called to religious life at a young age growing up in nineteenth-century Spain, initially believing she was called to join a monastery and live a contemplative life. But when she was just 18, María realized she had a vocation to a more active religious calling. She originally joined the Institute of the Servants of Mary, but soon discovered her call was more specific, and she needed to focus on the sick in both hospitals and in their homes.