By: 7/4/19
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19

Diocese of Savannah Office of Black Catholic Ministry held their annual revival on the evenings of June 17 at Sacred Heart Church, June 18 at St. Benedict the Moor Church and June 19 at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, all in Savannah. The final night at Resurrection of Our Lord Church was Youth Night and was attended. Father Paul D. Whittington, O.P., a priest from St. Katherine Drexel Church in Chicago, Illinois, led this year’s revival.

By: Sister Pat Brown, SSMN
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
in southern California’s Coachella Valley. Once part of an inland sea, it has been alternately a freshwater lake or an increasingly saline endorheic lake (like the Great Salt Lake) and dry desert basin. Driving up a single land sand trail to the top of one of the mountains, we encountered a fence and had to reverse very slowly into an area large enough to make a turn around. Hiking into the canyon trail we searched for the Painted Box Canyon only to give up, dehydrated and tired after ¾ of a mile.
By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
A man of many talents, Patrick Walsh, a resident of Augusta who had emigrated with his parents from Ireland in the 1850s, was to fill many roles in his adopted country.  Walsh was an editor, a newspaper publisher and an active Catholic layman, to name only a few of his passions and interests. Perhaps Walsh’s most unique achievement was his founding of the Pacificator, the first Catholic newspaper (and only Confederate Catholic publication) during the Civil War.
By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
No two people grieve in the same way, but there is common ground when it comes to the aftermath of the loss of a loved one: Life goes on. Pain lingers. Somehow, those two realities must be reconciled.
Although counseling can be helpful for this tough process, faith-based resources can be invaluable as deeper questions surface concerning purpose, faith and “where is God in this?” And today’s parishes have several options to help those who mourn unpack what their experience means to them and find a way to move forward.
By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19


Jesus loved to teach people about God. Great crowds often would gather to hear him preach.


One day, a man who was an expert in Mosaic law wanted to test Jesus’ knowledge of the law.


“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” the man asked Jesus.


Jesus knew what the man was up to.


“What is written in the law? How do you read it?” Jesus replied.


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
“It was hot. It was buggy. I can’t imagine what it was like 450 years ago,” said Father Drew Larkin of his pilgrimage to St. Catherines Island Feb. 20 where two of the five Franciscan friars, were martyred in Coastal Georgia.The Mission Santa Catalina established by the friars to minister to the indigenous Guale people (pronounced wall-ee) is located on a limited-access private island.
By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
Llegué a la oficina turística donde había hecho una reserva para un tour de las playas del desembarco de Normandía. Era un hermoso día de primavera. El sol brillaba y una brisa fresca no me permitía olvidar que estaba muy cerca del borde del mundo. Ya que el tour estaba retrasado me senté por unos minutos afuera de la oficina la cual estaba frente a la estación de tren de Bayeux. Unos diez minutos después de la hora prevista de salida, el joven que iba a dirigir el tour me informó que la visita guiada había sido cancelada.
By: Submitted by Mary Veal
Originally Appeared in : 9913-e6/20/19

On Friday morning, May 31st, I reached for a Kleenex to wipe away my tears, watching Pope Francis land in Bucharest for his three-day visit, listening to the Romanian crowd chanting “Viva Papa,” the same as they did in 1999 when we greeted Pope John Paul. I was blessed to be able to see the Pope-mobile drive by and also to go to his Mass. I was filled with joy that Pope Francis was visiting my beloved Bucharest, thinking of the happiness of Father Eduard, Father Luc, Sister Juliet and all my friends who remain at my Sacre Couer Church.


By: Joe Sarnicola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19



Jesus knew his time on earth would soon be over, so he made up his mind to travel to Jerusalem. He sent some messengers first to make preparations for his visit. Along the way the messengers had to pass through a Samaritan village. When they tried to make arrangements for Jesus to spend some time there, the Samaritan people were very unfriendly to them because they knew Jesus would be on his way to Jerusalem. The messengers returned to Jesus and reported what they had seen and heard.


By: Mary Marrocco (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
Some things happen in a blaze of splendor like a fireworks display. Others are as simple and sweet as a smooth stone being slipped into a still summer lake. Such was the deceptive quietness of Ruby’s calm remark, one Easter morning.
“My mother called this week,” she said. And after a pause, “I’ve decided I can forgive her.”
It took a moment to absorb the enormity of this decision. All of us, in some way, need to come to terms with childhood wounds.


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