By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

He had what might be called the “misfortune” of following one dynamic, colorful Savannah prelate (Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley) and of preceding yet another equally memorable one, Bishop Gerald P. O’Hara. A lesser man might have felt challenged.


By: Brett C. Hoover (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In Dallas, a speaker at a Catholic ministry conference asks the assembled crowd how many people attend parishes with Mass in more than one language.


Almost the entire room raises their hands. In the early 21st century, this is a snapshot of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18



One day, as Jesus was getting ready to go on a journey, a man rushed up to him and knelt down.


“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” he wanted to know.


Jesus studied the man for a few moments.


“You know the commandments,” Jesus replied, “’You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’”


The man nodded his head in agreement.


By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

Yo me crie durante la Gran Depresión de los 1930 en un hogar sin electricidad, sin alcantarillado, sin radio, televisión, sin ningún tipo de teléfono, menos un celular. No recibíamos periódicos, ni revistas ni lo que hoy llamamos correo basura. Teníamos sólo unos pocos libros.


No teníamos camión o auto, entonces no podíamos asistir a la Misa regularmente, aunque la iglesia estaba apenas a siete millas de nuestra casa. Vivíamos en un mundo insular de pequeñas fincas en los estribos de la cordillera Sangre de Cristo.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18


Fernando Paler,
First Place $750
Savannah Early College High School

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

AUGUSTA-- Imagine walking into the very place designed to mirror the kingdom of heaven on earth and not feeling comfortable.


Marty Turcios, who has cerebral palsy, can remember feeling like this as a child in the 60s and 70s.


He said that he’s attended churches –not necessarily in the Catholic tradition – where people had the attitude that he wasn’t like them, a child of God.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

In the first decade of the 20th century the Catholic Church, as well as many of its affiliates, was subject to actual prejudice. In Georgia, where Catholics still constituted a real minority in many areas, this was more often the rule than the exception. At the forefront of opposition to this type of discrimination was the Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia. Editorials appearing in the earliest editions of the CLA publication kept Georgia Catholics informed about what was then going on.


By: Jennifer Ficcagalia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his apostles and other followers several times.


He spoke to Mary of Magdala at his empty tomb. He twice appeared in the midst of the apostles when they were in a locked room. He walked along with two followers as they traveled from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. And he waited on the shore of a lake for seven of his friends to return from fishing.


Jesus did all these things during the 40 days after his resurrection. Whenever he appeared to his friends, he talked to them about the kingdom of God.


By: David Gibson
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

“The sound of the word ‘heartless’” is nothing less than “horrible,” in Benedictine Father Benoit Standaert’s view.


There is a striking difference between living “with or without heart.” It “is as great as the difference between heaven and hell, life and death, light and dark,” the Belgian priest asserts.


It is vital, he suggests in “Spirituality, an Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices,” that the key to unlocking the heart be found.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

ROBERTA--White paint emerged from the paintbrushes, bottles and rollers in their hands, transforming the rainbow of color beneath, now dry.


Though harmless on paper, these colorful words and designs — now covered, crossed out or rewritten — represented the long list of concrete fears, insecurities and questions that troubled their collegiate minds and that of their peers.



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