By: Amanda C. Osheim (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

When Pope Francis encourages dialogue within the Church, it isn’t “just talk.” Rather, he is suggesting dialogue as a part of discernment.


Often people think of discernment as something to do when making a big decision, yet, more fundamentally, discernment is a regular way of encountering God and others so we may perceive the Holy Spirit at work.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19



 A gentile man named Naaman was commander of the king of Aram’s army. He was very successful in his raids on Israel, which pleased the king very much.


Since the Israelites did not always follow God, sometimes God allowed their enemies to be victorious against them. That is why Naaman was so successful.


Even though Naaman was powerful and victorious, he had one problem: He was a leper.


By: B. Kevin Brown (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

On a number of occasions over the past six and a half years, Pope Francis has called his listeners to live out the Gospel with “parrhesia.” “Parrhesia” is not a word that you hear every day. So why is Pope Francis using it and what is he trying communicate when does?


By: Carolyn Woo (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

“Nearly 70% of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the United States to take ‘aggressive’ action to combat climate change -- but only a third would support an extra tax of $100 a year to help.” This lead from a Reuters’ story questions how seriously we really comprehend the climate crisis.


By: Father Kenneth Doyle (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Q. I have not been to confession in at least 10 years. I want to go, but I have no idea what to say. How am I to remember all of my sins and the number of times that I have committed them? (Columbus, Ohio)


A. Don’t worry; the priest is there to help you, and he will try to make things easy. (He will also have heard the confessions of a number of others in your same situation.)


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)--Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.”


The only Canadian named was 73-year-old Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Section for Migrants and Refugees at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. None of the new cardinals is from the United States.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19



One day, Jesus told his followers a parable about a rich man and the steward who oversaw his estate.


The rich man found out that the steward was dishonest and had squandered his property.


“Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward,” the rich man angrily told the steward.


“What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?” the steward wondered. “I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.”


By: Kerry Alys Robinson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

The Catholic Church is the largest global humanitarian network with enormous potential, and therefore responsibility, to address human suffering and complex global challenges. It is also the vehicle through which the Catholic faith is transmitted to nearly 1.3 billion people.


By: Anna Capizzi Galvez
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

WASHINGTON (CNS)--Do Catholics believe that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ?


A Pew Research Center survey released Aug. 5 found that nearly 70% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine used for Communion during Mass are “symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” while about 30% believe that the bread and wine “actually become” Christ’s body and blood.


The findings clearly touched a nerve as commentators jumped to analyze the data, questioning the language that Pew had used in its survey questions.


By: Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

What is your attitude toward work? Do you work in order to live, or do you live in order to work? How do you express yourself through your work? Do you feel that you accomplish something of value most days, or do you feel that your labor is meaningless toil that only achieves your minimal paycheck?


These questions reflect some of the many attitudes that people have toward work.



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