By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

Promises are part of our lives. As kids we extract promises from parents and friends just as we learn to make promises. Some are simple like the promise to bring a treat. Others demand more commitment like the promise to be there when our friends need us.


The most significant promises that I witness take place at marriage ceremonies. As the officiating minister I ask both the man and the woman if they will repeat after me. Then they say how they promise to be faithful in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor all the days of their lives. 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)



One day, God sent his angel, Gabriel, on a very important mission.


God asked Gabriel to deliver a message to a young woman, Mary, who lived in the town of Nazareth in Galilee.


Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Detroit (CNS)
Blessed Solanus Casey always said that “as long as there is a spark of faith,” there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes.


His words were accompanied by “the concrete practice of faith, hope and charity in his everyday life,” said the cardinal in his homily during the November 18 beatification Mass for the beloved Capuchin Franciscan friar who was known for his cures and wise counsel.


Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

St. Louis (CNS)
Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, became a rallying cry for many in the civil rights movement, died November 11 at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was 93.


St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate her funeral Mass November 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in St. Louis. A private burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.


By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

“Let us see your face.” The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent’s first Sunday. Heard in the responsorial psalm after the first biblical reading, it echoes this repeated plea to God in Psalm 80: “Light up your face and we shall be saved.”


Does it make sense for the Christian family to beg God at the Advent season’s beginning to reveal his face? Doesn’t the memory of the one born 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem reveal this – the one frequently described as God’s face in this world?


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Jesus had just told his apostles some parables to remind them to always be prepared for his return at the end of the age.


After he was done, Jesus explained what would happen upon his return.


“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him,” Jesus said.


By: Nancy Wiechec (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

If we take the lead from the first Thanksgiving, our holiday tables should feature the food and people close to us.


Pilgrims came to the New World knowing little about how to fend for themselves in the new land. They fled England as religious separatists and traveled across waters for new prosperity. But half the Mayflower’s hundred or so passengers died during their first New England winter, a particularly harsh one.


By: Joe Sarnicola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17


When David was 30 years old, the people of the tribes of Israel came to him in Hebron and said, “Look! We are your bone and your flesh. In days past, when Saul was still our king, you were the one who led Israel out in all its battles and brought it back. And the Lord said to you: ‘You shall shepherd my people Israel.’”


After saying this, the elders of the tribes met with King David and made a covenant with him in the Lord’s presence. Then they anointed him as their king, and he reigned as their king for 40 years.


By: Maria-Pia Negro Chin (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

“Todos hemos nacido para ser santos”. Ha oído esa frase antes? Piensa que esa es la razón por la cual Dios lo trajo al mundo?


Nos cuesta creer esto porque muchos de nosotros tenemos ideas equivocadas sobre lo que significa ser santo.


“Los santos no son personas ‘extraordinarias’. No son como ‘extraterrestres’ que bajan a la tierra”, escribió el arzobispo de Los Ángeles José H. Gómez. “Demasiada gente piensa eso. Y esto dificulta el poder ayudarles a ver lo que Dios quiere de nuestras vidas”.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

One day, the apostles asked Jesus about the signs of his return at the end of the age.


Jesus said there would be wars, famines and earthquakes, and those who believe in him would be persecuted and killed. He warned of false prophets and false messiahs who would perform signs and wonders to try to deceive people.


All of these things would take place before his return, but Jesus said only God knows when that will be.



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