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April 2019

Apr 26

Opening the Word: The other signs

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In the Gospel of John, Our Lord transformed water into wine at Cana, healed the royal official’s son, cured a paralytic, fed the crowd with miraculous loaves and fishes, walked on water, gave sight to the man born blind and raised Lazarus from the dead. Just last week we gazed with wonder as he washed the feet of...
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Apr 24

A call for more effective youth ministry

By: Mark Berchem Recently, the Holy Father released his apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit, which is the fruit of his reflections from the recent synod focused on youth and young adults. In Chapter 7, the Holy Father states: “Young people frequently fail to find in our usual programs a response to their concerns, their needs, their...
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Apr 22

Population shift

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion It is a sign of what is happening. Another new Catholic church in the Atlanta archdiocese has opened, Mary Our Queen. It features artifacts and other items from St. Gerard’s Church in Buffalo, New York, which has closed. The magnificent new Cathedral of the Holy Name of Jesus in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes...
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Apr 19

Opening the Word: The great perhaps

By: Timothy P. O'Malley There are words that change everything. “It’s a boy.” “I will love you forever.” “You have six months to live.” Such speech takes us out of the flow of everyday experience. It changes our personal history. I have become parent. A beloved man or woman loves me. The death that I...
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Apr 17

Catholics weigh in on closing southern border

By: Brian Fraga In moves criticized by Catholic immigration advocates as short-sighted and counterproductive, President Donald Trump in recent weeks has threatened to close the United States’ border with Mexico and cut direct aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The president continued to ratchet up his administration’s...
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Apr 15

Change of heart

By: Teresa Tomeo “The people that need to be in the seats just won’t show up.” This was one of the most common concerns expressed for the movie “Unplanned,” based on the life of former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life leader Abby Johnson. And given the anti-life climate in our culture, who could...
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Apr 12

Opening the Word: Pomp to redemption

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In the Church’s liturgy, Palm Sunday is strange. While liturgical prayer often will transition from sorrow to joy or from lament to praise, on Palm Sunday the Church moves us from pomp to pathos. We gather with palms in hand to praise the coming of the great king. He enters Jerusalem on a donkey, with cries of...
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Apr 10

Four takeaways from new papal document ‘Christus Vivit’

By: Gretchen R. Crowe More than a few times throughout his six-year pontificate, Pope Francis has related how important he believes dialogue between youths and their elders to be, and in particular how essential it is for young people to be open to listening to and learning from the elderly. In tone and approach, Christus Vivit (“Christ is...
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Apr 8

An anti-religious world

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The news bulletin hit me. An arsonist had attacked the great Church of St. Sulpice in Paris. A few years ago, Our Sunday Visitor sent me to Paris on business, and while there I made the great Church of St. Sulpice my liturgical headquarters. I felt a bond with it as the community of priests that educated me in seminary...
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Apr 5

Opening the Word: The newness of God

By: Timothy P. O'Malley God does new things. This is the presumption that drives the narrative of the Scriptures. In the prophet Isaiah, we hear God announce to Israel, “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new!” (Is 43:18). The God who has rescued Israel from slavery in...
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Apr 3

Featured National

By: Brian Fraga   Whether it’s for academics or other reasons, many same-sex couples across the country want to enroll their children in Catholic schools. Some dioceses allow them to enroll the children with the understanding that all students will be taught the Church’s ethics on sexual morality. Some dioceses prohibit it...
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Apr 1

An indirect gift

By: Teresa Tomeo The Pure Flix Entertainment film “Unplanned,” based on the book by former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, will be released in theatres nationwide March 29. It’s a powerful story showing how one abortion worker, after viewing an actual abortion via ultrasound, was so traumatized that she...
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