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By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

When Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 b.c., the Judean captives gathered in Ramah before being driven to exile in Babylon (Jeremiah 40:1). Inspired by God, the prophet Jeremiah wrote about this gathering: 

 

“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”—Jeremiah 31:15

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

I recently saw a small news article on the website of a regional news station. It caught my eye because the county where I live was named in the title. A local firefighter lost his job after posting what the article’s title described as “controversial” comments on Facebook. After reading the article itself, I was appalled that the news reporter had used the word “controversial” to describe the firefighter’s comments. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

In an adult faith formation group, we were recently discussing the nature of Christian love. How can we love people we don’t know? How can we love our enemies? How can we love people who have harmed us?

 

The conversation was sparked by this passage from the Gospel of John (9-13):

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The United States Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs announced the following on July 25, 2019: “Attorney General William P.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9915-7/18/19

I tell myself the reason more people are not horrified by the conditions of detention camps at the southern border is they don’t really understand what’s going on. Clearly no one could rationalize what is happening to innocent children and desperate adults if they understood the trauma these asylum seekers are escaping as well as the trauma they experience on the journey and as they arrive at our border. I’m convinced that more education about what is occurring can help show people the truth, facts that have been surrounded in rhetoric, fearmongering, and lies. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
A new version of “The Lion King” will be released in theaters soon. Many of us eagerly anticipate viewing the film with our children and grandchildren. My children were young when the first version of the film was released. I have happy memories singing along with the film’s soundtrack. While we all loved the film, we never discussed in much depth the lessons it imparts. Perhaps this time around, I’ll have an opportunity to talk about it with my grandchildren.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19

On July 4, 2019, the United States of America celebrates the Declaration of its Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. This nation at 243 years old has survived many wars, beginning with the Revolution, and many crises. Its politics have always been contentious because democracy is a messy business. But in the words of our great ally during the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose father was English and his mother American, “Democracy is a very bad form of government, but the others are so much worse.”

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17)
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
On June 10, 2019, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education issued a guidance for teachers and catechists called “Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education.” The Congregation did so because of what Pope Benedict XVI had called “an educational crisis, especially in the field of affectivity and sexuality. In many places, curricula are being planned and implemented which “allegedly convey a neutral conception of the person and of life, yet in fact reflect an anthropology opposed to faith and to right reason.”
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19

We Catholics are pro-life people. Yet like many overused words, the word “pro-life” has been narrowed to refer only to our being against abortion. Yes, Catholics are against abortion.

 

But Catholics are for life. For life. For all.

 

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