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Fr. Louis Cameli

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Fr. Cameli is the Archbishop's Delegate for Formation and Mission.

Blog posts by Fr. Louis Cameli

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Days of Mercy and Forgiveness—Days Spent Together

    Almost every Catholic in the world thinks of going to confession as a deeply personal, even private moment. People speak in hushed tones in a confessional or reconciliation room, often behind a screen, and to a priest-confessor who may very well not know them. In fact, our celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is deeply personal, but it is also much more than a private ritual.


  • Wednesday, October 07, 2015

    The Synod on the Family: The Voice of God’s People

    Archbishop Cupich asked me to collate all the parishes responses to the Archdiocesan feedback survey in preparation for the Synod on the Family which is taking place right now in Rome. I did read all the responses from the parishes and the many individual responses as well. Afterwards, I offered the Archbishop a synthesis that he could use for his report to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Do we find forgiveness or does forgiveness find us?

    When Jesus taught us to pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” he implied a reality that none of us would deny. He didn’t say “if others offend us or hurt us, enable us to forgive them.” Rather, he tells us when they offend us—as they inevitably will—let our hearts be big enough to extend forgiveness to them, that same forgiveness that we want for ourselves.


  • Monday, December 22, 2014

    What does the Holy Family say to us?

    Every Advent and Christmas is different. Of course, the mystery that we celebrate of the coming of the Word made flesh among us remains the same. He is, after all, Christ yesterday, today and forever. We do change, however, and find ourselves in different places as we move through time. Each year, we celebrate differently.


  • Monday, June 23, 2014

    A New Year of the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan—A New and Important Step

    So many church-based mission statements, strategic plans, and visions for the future are loaded with undeniably well-intentioned, sincere and even very noble aspirations. Unfortunately, often the grander the rhetoric, the weaker and less practical become the possibilities for genuine implementation and real impact. I do believe that Chicago’s Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan has managed to stay grounded in pastoral realities and the genuine needs of the people served by the Church. In great measure, this is due to the attention the Archdiocesan plan pays to central concerns of Catholic faith. The fourth year of the plan is about to begin, and it illustrates a strong focus on the center of faith.


  • Monday, March 17, 2014

    People Who Are Marked: The Journey of Lent

    Lent, of course, began on Ash Wednesday. We received ashes that have faded or were washed away, but we remain marked people. And we carry our mark across this holy season, a time of deeper reflection and coming to terms with who we really are.


  • Monday, December 09, 2013

    Advent and the Time of Our Lives

    These few weeks of Advent are packed. There’s shopping and decorating and social commitments. Ideally, it is also a time for deeper reflection, when we examine our hopes, our longings, and our deepest desire to meet the Lord who comes to us. It may take some serious effort to carve out the space that allows us to reflect and pray. It means finding the time, even a few minutes, and the quiet space that allow us to take a deeper look. Let me share a little of my Advent journey with you.


  • Monday, July 02, 2012

    Beyond Fear, Guilt, and the Force of Habit: A Year for Sunday Mass

    Make no mistake about it. Going to Sunday Mass is a weighty obligation. The Third Commandment tells us: “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.” For Catholics that means celebrating Sunday Mass and observing Sabbath rest, so that we can pay attention to the deeper realities of our lives in God.


  • Monday, March 12, 2012

    How the strangest request for ashes taught me to stay on track in Lent

    I celebrated my first Ash Wednesday as a priest at Carlo Forlanini Hospital in Rome. As I was going to the patients’ rooms to distribute ashes, a nurse carrying a tray of medicine approached me, “Father, could you give me ashes?” I said, “Yes, of course.” And I proceeded with the formula, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you will return” and I put ashes on her forehead, which she seemed to receive very devoutly.


  • Monday, November 28, 2011

    The Advent Challenge: Five Minutes A Day to Spiritual Renewal

    Sometimes, old sayings get it really wrong. For example, “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.” In fact, the devil likes us to be busy and distracted. When we are busy with work and responsibilities and when we are distracted by problems and enjoyments, we never stop to take a deeper look at our lives. Busy and distracted people hurry from one thing to the next. They cannot hear the voice of God calling them in their lives. They just can’t seem to be ready to meet the Lord when he comes in his Word and Sacraments and in the circumstances of ordinary life.


  • Monday, October 24, 2011

    The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life

    This past week, Ave Maria Press published my latest book The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life. When I was writing the book, my friends wondered why I was bothering to deal with the devil. So much “devil talk” seems to be associated with Hollywood and very strange experiences. In fact, what we have to deal with is far closer to home and far more ordinary than we would have ever suspected. I had to explain myself.


  • Monday, April 18, 2011

    Can we find forgiveness today?

    I live at Holy Name Cathedral off of north Michigan Avenue. The sidewalks are crowded with workers and students and tourists. It’s easy to bump into people—accidently of course. An “Excuse me” is often met with a scowl. There’s very little forgiveness, it seems, on the Gold Coast. Actually, I don’t think there’s very much forgiveness generally in our world today. And this is true for many reasons.