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By: Father Kenneth Doyle (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

Q. At the Last Supper, Jesus told the apostles to take his body and his blood. But Christ knew that Judas was in a state of serious sin. So how could he have let him receive? (Alexandria, Louisiana)

 

A. Scripture scholars indicate that there is room for debate as to whether Judas was still present at the Last Supper after Jesus had instituted the Eucharist. Luke’s account (22:17-23) would lead one to believe that Judas did share in consuming Christ’s body and blood.

 

By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

As family members gather for the upcoming holidays, there might be more than sugarplums dancing in their heads. Some, perhaps many, might be inwardly anxious about the potential for hurtful arguments that can erupt among multigenerational clans.

 

Of course, Christmas and the other fall/winter holidays are not supposed to be times of anger or argument, especially not within our families, which are centers of love.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

One day, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon wanted his dream interpreted.

 

He summoned all of the city’s enchanters, sorcerers, magicians and Chaldeans. Nebuchadnezzar expected these men to know what his dream was without being told and then interpret it correctly.

 

The king became angry when the men said they could not do so, and he ordered all of Babylon’s wise men to be put to death.

 

Daniel, an Israelite who had been taken to Babylon to serve Nebuchadnezzar after the king’s siege of Jerusalem, heard what was going on.

 

By: Dave Hrbacek
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

NEW HOPE, Minn. (CNS)--A German Messerschmitt fighter plane was bearing down on Don Stoliel’s B-17 bomber as he flew a mission during World War II.

 

Stoliel, the pilot, looked out the windshield of his cockpit and saw the enemy plane zooming straight at him with machine guns blazing.

 

“This is it,” he thought, as he braced for the barrage of bullets that he expected to blast through the glass and tear into his body.

 

By: Kristin Colberg (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

Dec. 8, 2019, will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the First Vatican Council. On Dec. 8, 1869, more than 700 bishops gathered in St. Peter’s for the 20th ecumenical council and, most famously, defined the doctrine of papal infallibility.

 

Though the council engaged topics that remain highly relevant, it is often overlooked due to a sense that its teachings are out of step with contemporary views. Frequently, the faithful and scholars alike disregard Vatican I in favor of its successor, Vatican II.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

One day, the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come.

 

“The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed,” Jesus said, “and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”

 

Afterward, Jesus described for his apostles the days of the son of man.

 

By: Father Kenneth Doyle (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

Q. At the Second Vatican Council, Catholics were told that we should accept non-Catholics as our “separated brethren” and that we shouldn’t be overly concerned if they don’t want to join the Catholic Church. But I was taught since childhood that the only way to salvation was through the Catholic Church. Why the change? (Texarkana, Texas)

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9922-10/24/19

Every Christian is called to be a missionary, sharing the good news of salvation in Christ and making disciples for him, not for oneself or one’s clique of like-minded believers, Pope Francis said.

 

“What instructions does the Lord give us for going forth to others? Only one, and it’s very simple: Make disciples. But, be careful: his disciples, not our own,” the pope said Oct. 20 as he celebrated World Mission Sunday.

 

By: Carol Zimmermann
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

Washington (CNS)--The Supreme Court announced Oct. 4, just three days before it begins its new term, that it will add an abortion case to its docket.

 

The justices have agreed to weigh in on a Louisiana law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to obtain admitting privileges from a nearby hospital.

 

It is the first abortion case the court is taking up since Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joined the bench and also without the swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in 2018.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem to teach the people. When he taught them, he often used stories about things the people would be familiar with. These stories had a special name: parables. Sometimes Jesus used parables to let the people know important information about God and heaven. And other times, he used parables as a way to answer questions or respond to the wrong things people were saying or doing.

 

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