Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a prolific Catholic author in the 21st century Church with dozens of books, articles, pamphlets, and other writings.
Why did Jesus have to die?
God wanted to show us, once and for all, that despite our sin He loves us and wants to save us. “By embracing in His human heart the Father’s love for men,” Jesus showed us that by freely choosing to do the Father’s will, by freely choosing what is good, what is true, what is beautiful, that even suffering and death cannot overpower God’s love for us.read more
Today’s magnificent solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven began back in the Garden of Eden. In God’s mind from all eternity, when He decided to create beings made in His image and likeness, and fill them with the gift of His life-giving love, it is within a woman’s being–within her heart and soul–where His love first established a foundation and home. The spirituality of a woman is rooted in the fact that she is the heart of love and through her special and unique relationship with the Holy Spirit (as one who gives life), a woman is truly the example of what it means to be fully human.read more
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
When I think of my mother’s life, I can’t help but draw parallels to the life of Christ. Our Lord was born humble and poor in a manger. When going through my mother’s files, we came across her birth certificate where we learned that my mother was born in an “almshouse,” which, in those days, was the equivalent of a homeless shelter.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
Why is Pope Pius XII so Vehemently Attacked Today? The defamatory allegations against the Church and Pope Pius XII can be traced back to left-wing German writer Rolf Hochhuth’s 1963 play, The Deputy. In this play, Hochhuth–a former member of the Hitler Youth movement–criticized the Pope for being silent and portrayed his silence as cold indifference. The Deputy “was highly polemical, claiming that Pius XII’s concern for Vatican finances left him indifferent to the destruction of European Jewry.” Even though the play was fiction, many took it as fact.read more
Pope John Paul II, one of the greatest popes in the history of the Church, who in future ages will be known as Pope John Paul the Great, has left this life on earth to live forever in the beatific vision of heaven. It is only fitting that the Holy Father died on a Saturday, a day traditionally dedicated to the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, whom he loved so much and to whom he dedicated his pontificate. Saturday was also the Vigil of the Feast of the Divine Mercy, established by Pope John Paul II for the second Sunday in the Octave of Easter, to celebrate the rich and tender mercy of God the Father made visible in and through the person of Jesus Christ.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
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