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To hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor
Fri, Nov 8th 2019 01:40 pm
By now everyone has heard of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.
Has the 'Our Father' changed? Just a translation
Wed, Oct 23rd 2019 02:00 pm
The sixth petition of the "Our Father" reads: "and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This gives rise to the question "Does God, who is all good, really tempt a person to evil?"
The Gospel of Life and the Church in the modern world
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
Whenever we reflect on the Church's pro-life mission, we invariably remember the great document of St. John Paul II, "Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life)." And rightfully so. That encyclical will, I believe, be an important part of the Church's social teaching for many years to come.
Revive, refresh, renew
Wed, Oct 9th 2019 12:00 pm
In the midst of what our church is going through in the world and everything we are going through in our own diocese lately, I believe that we can all say today, more than ever, we need a Revival.
Go repair my house
Fri, Oct 4th 2019 10:00 am
The universal church observes the feast of St. Francis of Assisi every year on Oct. 4.
Unnamed little girls - betrayal and tenderness
Mon, Sep 30th 2019 03:20 pm
Mark's gospel contains two stories about little girls, the daughter of Jairus (5:21-24, 35-43) and the daughter of Herod (6:17-28).
The exaltation and glory of the Cross
Mon, Sep 23rd 2019 11:00 am
Sunlit summer days are beginning to transition to dimmer, crisp fall days.
Catholics protest U.S. practice of caging immigrant children
Thu, Sep 19th 2019 11:10 am
Many of us are not fond of seeing animals in cages. But when desperate human beings - especially children
Moving forward following the footprints of Jesus in the world
Fri, Sep 13th 2019 03:00 pm
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sound Board: Lessons of Catholic school carry over to public
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 am
Almost four years ago I graduated from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, and not a day goes by where I don't reminisce and smile about the time I spent there.
Keys to Resiliency (Part 2)
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 01:00 pm
When the tempests of life come upon us, we become like the boat tossed about in Luke's account of Jesus calming the storm.
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Wed, Aug 14th 2019 02:00 pm
For many years I understood the words in the Our Father, "Hallowed by thy name," to mean that one should obey the Second Commandment: "You shall not invoke the name of the Lord, your God, in vain" (Exodus 20:7).
Finding Christ in the beggar at the church door
Fri, Aug 9th 2019 01:50 pm
We are right in the middle of the "dog days" of summer - those steamy, humid summer days when we really feel the oppression of the heat.
Keys to Resiliency. (Part 1)
Mon, Jul 22nd 2019 10:00 am
Keeping an optimistic and positive attitude is a huge challenge during these days when society is increasingly polarized and when so much adversity and suffering streams through our devices and is broadcast through news outlets
A Choice: 'Dishing the Dirt' or 'Biting Your Tongue'
Wed, Jul 17th 2019 11:00 am
It seems that relating negative information about another is an age-old experience.
Stir the Holy Spirit living dormant within you
Wed, Jul 10th 2019 01:00 pm
I often ask myself why so many people haven't "stirred" the Holy Spirit since their confirmation. Many of us (myself included) spent years listening to the voice of the secular world in forming our opinions about the major moral questions of the day.
The consequences of our 'morally inclement climate'
Tue, Jul 9th 2019 11:00 am
On May 31 of this year, an apparently disgruntled employee entered a municipal building in Virginia Beach where he worked and began shooting with the two silencer-equipped handguns he had brought in.
Persecution of Christians worse now than ever
Thu, Jun 27th 2019 12:00 pm
"The persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history," says papal charity Aid to the Church in Need in its report on oppressed Christians titled "Persecuted and Forgotten?"
Get behind me Satan! Why Satan?
Fri, Jun 21st 2019 02:00 pm
The gospels record that just after his baptism by John, Jesus is tested in the desert. In Matthew's gospel, the tester is referred to as "the devil" in the first two tests but Matthew ends the third test with Jesus naming the tester as "Satan."
God Bless all the Fathers
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:00 pm
June brings us the month in which we honor our fathers here on earth and those who have gone before us. Some of our parishes will honor fathers by saying a special blessing for them, preparing breakfast after Mass, or by giving them a carnation.
The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 11:00 am
Last month I was once again part of a team that spent a weekend inside a local prison conducting a retreat for the inmates there. We always learn a little more about their lives behind bars, and I am always dismayed at some of the stories about the prison's use of solitary confinement, also known as isolated confinement and known in slang as "the box."
Soundboard: Youth Board gave me confidence
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 12:00 pm
Coming onto Youth Board I was a very shy and not very confident person, but now coming off of Youth Board I am more confident in myself and am open to talking more.
We Will Be Your Witness
Fri, Jun 7th 2019 03:00 pm
The Easter Sunday bombings of worship sites in Sri Lanka captured the attention of the world. In the days that followed, news outlets shared stories about the increasing death toll of victims numbering about 300 and the arrest of 24 persons who carried out the attacks
The ever-recurring confrontation between Christ and Caesar
Fri, May 24th 2019 03:00 pm
I have recently been reading a book entitled "In Solitary Witness: The life and death of Franz Jagerstatter" by Gordon Zahn. Zahn was a professor of sociology at Loyola University, but more importantly,
NATO military alliance incompatible with Gospel nonviolence
Thu, May 23rd 2019 11:00 am
As foreign ministers of the 29 member nations of NATO, gathered in Washington, D.C., on April 3-4 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of this largest military alliance
When God visits us, will we know?
Tue, May 21st 2019 11:00 am
Signs of summer are everywhere! Sunshine, patio furniture taken out, the barbecue being fired up, shedding of jackets and winter coats - elements that everyone looks forward to.
Baptism: Faith in Jesus, Faith of Jesus or both?
Mon, May 20th 2019 12:00 pm
The Easter Vigil includes the Liturgy of baptism with the blessing of baptismal water and the renewal of baptismal promises.
A call to evangelization of mothers
Sun, May 12th 2019 12:00 pm
The early Christians in England had a celebration for mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor the mother of Christ. It later included the "Mother Church" and on this day people were expected to return to the mother church from which they would get their strength from the spiritual power which gave them life and protected them from harm.
CRS advocate for international food security
Fri, Apr 26th 2019 12:25 pm
In March and April of this year, Catholic Relief Services, in partnership with Catholic Charities, visited the offices in New York state of virtually every member of Congress and both senators.
God's Generous Love, the Paschal Mystery
Wed, Apr 24th 2019 10:00 am
From the moment that God pronounced the words, "Let there be light," a perpetual spring of generosity has inundated the world. God set the energy of his self-donating love and divine revelation in motion.
Apostle of the Apostles: St. Mary of Magdala
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 03:00 pm
On June 16, 2017, the Vatican raised the liturgical memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the rank of a liturgical feast and published a new preface for her, characterizing her as "the apostle of the apostles."
Never abandoned
Tue, Apr 16th 2019 01:00 pm
We are living through very difficult times. Many are living paycheck to paycheck. As we became more aware of, with the government shutdown and so many families not even being able to eat. Many in our society are homeless, including families
We are called to be faithful citizens
Thu, Mar 14th 2019 01:00 pm
For five days at the beginning of February, almost 600 Catholics joined together in Washington to pray, learn and advocate for the least among us. This was the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering of 2019, and it was attended by many of us from Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the USCCB, St. Vincent de Paul Society and a host of others.
After the March for Life - keep walking!
Sat, Mar 9th 2019 10:00 am
In the more than 30 annual Washington, D.C. Marches for Life I have participated in, I always think the current march is the largest ever. But since accurate figures are hard to come by, it usually comes down to taking a good guess.
For Lent - it's time to do our homework
Fri, Mar 8th 2019 01:00 pm
If you asked the average Christian if he or she is a disciple of Jesus, I think the answer would be "of course I am." But how many of us really know what that means? Or what it entails?
The desert is our teacher
Fri, Mar 1st 2019 04:00 pm
Each liturgical season has its own sacred landscape traversed by prayer, ritual and tradition. The Church stands at the threshold of a new season with challenging terrain, the desert of Lent.
Waiting for God to give answers
Sun, Feb 17th 2019 11:40 am
When I had my first birthday, my parents thought that I would need a companion in the form of a dog. So for my first birthday present, I got a little beagle puppy and we ended up naming him Oscar.
St. Valentine: the man, the myth and the legend
Thu, Feb 14th 2019 11:00 am
According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, consumers in the United States are expected to spend an average $143.56 on Valentine's Day this year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion this year, an increase from last year's $18.2 billion. All the treats, cards, flowers and affection can be traced back to a nearly forgotten saint, Valentine.
Women leaders in the early Church
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 12:00 pm
Many voices, today, are calling for more women to function in decision making in the Catholic Church. A helpful place to begin is St. Paul's letters. In Chapter 16 of his Letter to the Romans, Paul mentions 26 persons, including nine women, three of whom are presented here.
The Olive Tree and the Grafted Branch between Jews and Christians
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 11:00 am
Two contemporary events, one past and one upcoming, prompt this reflection. On Oct. 12, 2018, 11 Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were slain as they gathered for Sabbath services. This evil was met with a righteous outcry from almost all Americans, rightly so. Meanwhile, on the 25th of this month we Christians celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. One can ask what would Paul's thoughts be on the radical anti-Semitism occurring in a synagogue named "The Tree of Life?"