By: Greg Erlandson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

In our belligerent times, there is a kind of in-your-face response to those of us wringing our hands about how divided our country is. 


Everything can’t be the snowflake center, this argument goes. There are very real things to be divided over: unborn babies, women’s control of their bodies; guns that kill people, guns that defend people; illegal, undocumented; politically correct, politically incorrect.


By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

“Don’t take a vacation from your vocation!”


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18


Jesus and his apostles were traveling around Galilee. Wherever they went, Jesus would heal the sick and drive unclean spirits from people. 


One day, Jesus came home with his friends. As usual, a huge crowd gathered around him, and Jesus and the apostles couldn’t even eat a meal. 


When Jesus’ relatives heard that Jesus was home, they made plans to seize him because they were worried about him. 


“He is out of his mind,” they said. 


By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

I grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930s in a home without electricity, radio, TV, any kind of telephone, much less a smart one. We received no newspapers, magazines or even what today we call junk mail. We had only a handful of books.


Lacking a car or truck, we could not even get to church on a regular basis, though it was just seven miles away. We lived in an insular world of small farms in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.


By: Mary C. Uhler (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

We had a vegetable garden in our backyard at home, and I assisted with that. Planting the flowers (from seed) was my specialty. I still remember watching the alyssum, zinnias, snapdragons and other flowers come to life.


My husband and I had a small garden when our children were young. Two of our neighbors also had gardens, and we ended up with too much produce to share, so we stopped raising vegetables. However, I still enjoy planting and tending flowers to this day.


By: Brett C. Hoover (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In Dallas, a speaker at a Catholic ministry conference asks the assembled crowd how many people attend parishes with Mass in more than one language.


Almost the entire room raises their hands. In the early 21st century, this is a snapshot of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18



One day, as Jesus was getting ready to go on a journey, a man rushed up to him and knelt down.


“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” he wanted to know.


Jesus studied the man for a few moments.


“You know the commandments,” Jesus replied, “’You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’”


The man nodded his head in agreement.


By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

Yo me crie durante la Gran Depresión de los 1930 en un hogar sin electricidad, sin alcantarillado, sin radio, televisión, sin ningún tipo de teléfono, menos un celular. No recibíamos periódicos, ni revistas ni lo que hoy llamamos correo basura. Teníamos sólo unos pocos libros.


No teníamos camión o auto, entonces no podíamos asistir a la Misa regularmente, aunque la iglesia estaba apenas a siete millas de nuestra casa. Vivíamos en un mundo insular de pequeñas fincas en los estribos de la cordillera Sangre de Cristo.


By: Jennifer Ficcagalia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his apostles and other followers several times.


He spoke to Mary of Magdala at his empty tomb. He twice appeared in the midst of the apostles when they were in a locked room. He walked along with two followers as they traveled from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. And he waited on the shore of a lake for seven of his friends to return from fishing.


Jesus did all these things during the 40 days after his resurrection. Whenever he appeared to his friends, he talked to them about the kingdom of God.


By: David Gibson
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

“The sound of the word ‘heartless’” is nothing less than “horrible,” in Benedictine Father Benoit Standaert’s view.


There is a striking difference between living “with or without heart.” It “is as great as the difference between heaven and hell, life and death, light and dark,” the Belgian priest asserts.


It is vital, he suggests in “Spirituality, an Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices,” that the key to unlocking the heart be found.



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