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By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

CHILDREN’S STORY:

 

Jesus traveled many places, and everywhere he went, he taught great crowds of people about God.

 

Jesus often used parables to teach important lessons. For example, through the parable of the rich fool, he taught that it was not right to become obsessed with storing up wealth on Earth. And he used the parable of the barren fig tree to show the people that they would perish if they did not repent of their sins.

 

By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

When my friend Tom lost his wife to cancer, he grieved more than anyone I had known. Along with a few close friends, I tried to reach out to him. Some days he was open to our offers; other times he buried himself in his work.

 

For many people, the process of dealing with grief due to the loss of a loved one will be among the hardest tasks they ever face. Sadly, some make it even harder by not acknowledging the need to process grief. The pain is so great they avoid dealing with it.

 

By: Laura Kelly Fanucci (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Did you know the family is a school of love?

 

The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells it out clearly: The family is “a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (No. 1666).

 

But after a long summer with kids crawling up the walls at home or a challenging season of family reunions or vacations, we might be doubting how well we care for those we’re called to love.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

Moses had been talking to the people of Israel for quite a while about the laws and their history and how God had guided them from slavery into freedom. Then he said to them, “I am now 120 years old and am no longer able to go out and come in.” 
He told his people that, even though Moses had been leading them since the time he asked pharaoh to set them free from Egypt, God told him he would not be leading them into the land he had promised to them. “It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the Lord promised,” he said. 

 

By: Sister Kathleen Schipani
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The 2017 “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Person with Disabilities” say that “pastors are responsible to provide evangelization, catechetical formation and sacramental preparation for parishioners with disabilities.”

 

The National Directory of Catechesis gives a similar directive: “The whole community of faith needs to be aware of the presence of persons with (disabilities) within it and be involved in their catechesis.”

 

By: Jonathan Luxmoore

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina were authorized by the pope.

 

"We are called to share the difficulties of our contemporaries and we have a responsibility to care for them," Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, told 60,000 young people from 97 countries Aug. 5.

 

By: Kim Daniels (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9915-7/18/19

Angry polarization pervades too many conversations these days, from social media to cable news to family dinner tables. Catholics aren’t exempt from this, of course — in fact, sometimes we seem to revel in it.

 

Just like everyone else, we too often act like members of political factions fighting for preferred ideological agendas rather than members of a family of faith.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9915-7/18/19

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

 

Jesus was good friends with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, who were siblings. He loved them very much.

 

One day, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill.

 

Afterward, Jesus remained in the place where he was for two more days. Then he suggested that he and the apostles return to Judea, where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived in a village near Jerusalem.

 

“Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him,” Jesus told his friends.

 

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

CHILDREN’S STORY:

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.

 

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