Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a prolific Catholic author in the 21st century Church with dozens of books, articles, pamphlets, and other writings.
Shortly after our twins were born, I spent one of my many sleepless nights thinking about how my life had changed since the day I met my wife. How I had abandoned the thought of entering religious life; how I moved across country, leaving the only home I had ever known on the East Coast of the United States; how entering into a life-long commitment of loving communion and intimacy in marriage had changed my relationship with God; and not really having an appreciation at how four young children can – all at the same time – exhaust me to the point of numbness, make me mad enough to pull out what little hair I have left, make me laugh until I cry, and fill me with so much love and joy that I can barely keep my heart in my chest.read more
God is love. These three simple words describe the most basic and fundamental reality of all creation.read more
When my wife Colleen and I wee married, we made a permanent decision to love – to give ourselves to each other freely and completely. On our wedding day, through the gift of grace, we entered into a profoundly intimate and life-giving relationship in communion with the Lord. On that day, with the help of Christ, we established a strong foundation upon which to build our married life.read more
From the 1600s, when the first black people in America were enslaved by white people, until the mid-1900s, black parents strove to open doors for their children, to create opportunities for them to succeed despite the seemingly insurmountable barriers of racial oppression and poverty. Black families strove to lift a veil of ignorance from a society that held them down, condemned them to slavery, and denied them educational opportunities, thus limiting them to working as unskilled, cheap laborers. Yet, in the face of tremendous adversity, black nuclear families remained together; as late as 1960, 78 percent of black families were headed by married couples.read more
Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, states that “human life, as a gift of God, is sacred and inviolable. . . The meaning of life is found in giving and receiving love, and, in this light, human sexuality and procreation reach their true and full significance” (no.81). This deeply profound and pregnant insight represents a compendium of the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and sacramental marriage.read more
Christmas is truly the genesis of Christian evangelization in the world precisely because Jesus’ birth is the inaugural Eucharistic event of our faith. The same Jesus Christ–God’s Living Word who was incarnate in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was born in a stable in Bethlehem–gives himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the child Jesus in the manger and as we receive him in Holy Communion, let us be ever mindful of our mission to be witnesses to God’s life-giving love in the world.read more
The Catholic contribution to male spirituality was relatively sparse until the 1990s when, sparked largely by the success of the Protestant Promise Keepers movement, interest in strengthening the faith of men and helping them to deepen their relationship with God—while increasing their knowledge of the Catholic faith through apologetics and catechesis—began to rise. Today, the resurgent Catholic men’s movement has yielded a steadily growing number of conferences, books, study programs, prayer groups and several male-oriented Catholic television series. Much of the Catholic literature has focused on fatherhood but recent works have broadened the spectrum, embracing a more holistic approach to male spirituality.read more
In 1571, in preparation for battle against the Turkish navy, Pope Saint Pius V ordered all of the churches in the world to begin the Forty Hours Devotion, with public processions and recitation of the Rosary. As we look to our own day, there is no question whatsoever that the Rosary must be the weapon of choice in our spiritual battle for purity and holiness. With the Rosary in hand—as the chief servants of our wives and children, as well as the Church and the culture (see Ephesians 5:21-30)—we must protect and defend the dignity of marriage and family life against an ever-advancing culture of death. We live in a world of eclipse, in a world consumed by a darkness whose far-reaching shadows are cast across the threshold of family life. Our only hope for salvation is in God’s mercy and infinite love. By reflecting on the mysteries of our salvation with the heart of the Blessed Mother in the Rosary, we bear witness in a convincing manner to the victory of God’s love over the power of evil in ourselves and in the world.read more
We’ve lost the moral compass that was once a part of our country’s ethos. This is due to a variety of factors: the sexual revolution of the ’60s and ’70s, no-fault divorce, absent fathers, dependence on government and, certainly, the legalization of abortion.
The black community has been particularly hard hit. When I was a kid, there was a television show about a black family called Good Times [1974-79]. It reflected the undaunted determination of black families to stick together despite challenges they faced in the post-slavery era of our country’s history.read more
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