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: Junno Arocho Esteves (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19

Vatican City (CNS)--Service, charity and love must be the hallmarks of the charismatic renewal movement, Pope Francis said.


Addressing participants at a gathering of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service, also known as “Charis,” the pope said June 8 that through their “baptism in the Holy Spirit, unity in the body of Christ and service to the poor,” the movement’s members can bear witness to God’s love and evangelize the world.  

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.
By: Megan Philip (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19

A few years ago my sister graduated from college and was quickly introduced to the brave new world of “Catholic adulting.” Life after college brought her to a new city, parish, job and far away from the comfort of her close-knit Catholic campus ministry community.


After a few months, she called me in hopes that her “working for the hurch” big sister could offer advice on how to make the transition less painful. “Meg, I knew leaving college would mean a lot of changes in my faith, but I had no idea it would be this hard,” she said.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19



One day, Jesus called his apostles to him. He gave them the power and authority over all demons, and he gave them the ability to cure the sick.
Afterward, he sent them from village to village to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal those who were ill.


By: Catholic News Service
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNS)-- By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is “the extinguishing of a unique human life,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.


By: Father Rick Malloy, SJ (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

Mimi is a senior at Holy Cross High School. Several of her friends seem so sure about their college choice. Mimi is having a hard time choosing between her top three schools. How come her friends seem so sure when she’s so uncertain?


Bruce is really struggling his senior year at the University of Scranton. After graduation, two of his friends are going to spend a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Bruce feels some pull to a year of service, but he’s not sure if he should get a job or maybe go to grad school.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19


When Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, he told the apostles that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit. The apostles returned to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit to come.


One day, the apostles were all in one place together. It was the time of Pentecost, a Jewish festival that was sometimes called the Feast of Weeks.


Suddenly, the apostles heard a noise from the sky like a strong, driving wind. The sound filled the entire house in which they were staying.


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

SOFIA, Bulgaria (CNS)--On the day Bulgarian Orthodox celebrate as “St. Thomas Sunday” and read the Gospel about the apostle asking to touch the wounds of the risen Lord, Pope Francis said the divisions within Christianity are “painful lacerations on the body of Christ, which is the church.”



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