By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

SAVANNAH--Place a victim of genocide and his or her perpetrator in a room together, side by side, and what do you think will happen?


In Rwanda, the answer to that question is not one you might expect. 


Just take a look at the men and women featured in the documentary “Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace,” who, with the influence of Father Ubald Rugirangoga, a genocide survivor himself and a priest in the Diocese of Cyangugu in southeastern Rwanda, have been able to make amends. 


By: Savanna Puterbaugh
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

During my time at the Archives I have been working with a collection of about 65 sets of prayer beads that were donated to the diocese. The pieces in the collection represent every major religion and come from all over the globe. 


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19



Moses was married to a daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian. One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock near Horeb, the mountain of God.


As Moses walked along, something strange caught his eye. A nearby bush was on fire, but the flames were not destroying it.


“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned,” Moses said.


God saw that the burning bush had caught Moses’ attention.   “Moses. Moses.” God called out from the bush.


By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

En Israel hay un monasterio construido sobre un cerro de donde uno ve una de las ciudades más antiguas del mundo, Jericó, continuamente habitada por 11,000 años. Del monasterio también uno ve el rio Jordán, lugar del bautismo de Jesús. Este monasterio donde viven unos monjes griegos marca el lugar donde inicia toda cuaresma: con Jesús en el desierto por cuarenta días. 


By: Stephanie Clary (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

I used to think that fasting was worthless. I would find reasons to excuse myself from the obligatory Lenten practice: low blood sugar, anemia, etc. While true, these weren’t the reasons I wasn’t fasting. I couldn’t understand how depriving myself of food made any difference in the world.


Yes, the Lenten fast is coupled with prayer and almsgiving, but I knew my prayers were heard and my donations effective regardless of how many calories I consumed. Since I didn’t think fasting mattered, for years I didn’t do it.


By: Genevieve L. Mougey (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Lent. Food. Sacrifice. 40 days. Hunger.


These are all words we encounter in our conversations around this liturgical season. The act and ability to participate in Lent shifts dramatically over the course of a person’s lifetime.
From being “forced” by parents to give something up to the moment when a person chooses what to do without, Lent encourages seeking a deeper dynamism in life, to seek a fuller and deeper relationship with Christ. We embrace a call to great participation in the world around us, while still remembering we are Christ’s.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

The Pastoral Center’s newest employee isn’t shy about expressing her passion for the Catholic faith and the Church. 


As the new director of catechesis for children within the Department of Catholic Education, Sarah Viancourt hopes to channel that passion by helping children realize and deepen their religious potential. 


By: Joyce Duriga (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

CHICAGO (CNS)--With February being both Black History Month and Catholic Press Month, Daniel Rudd’s story is worth knowing.


A pioneering Catholic journalist, he founded the national black newspaper the American Catholic Tribune and also was the founder of what is today the National Black Catholic Congress.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

After Jesus was baptized, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit then led him into the desert to spend 40 days there and to be tempted by the devil.


Jesus did not have anything to eat during this time, so at the end of the 40 days, he was very hungry.


The devil knew this and tried to use Jesus’ hunger to tempt him into doing something he shouldn’t.


“If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread,” the devil said to Jesus.


By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily. The homily can be a source of inspiration or it can be a stumbling block for many in the assembly. For the one who prepares and delivers it, it may be a unique opportunity for strengthening the call to discipleship.



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