By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

After Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, the apostles preached to the people about Jesus.


This angered the high priest and the Sadducees, who had the apostles thrown in jail.


During the night, an angel of the Lord came to the jail and opened the doors.


“Go and take your place in the Temple area, and tell the people everything about this life,” the angel said.


The apostles left the jail. In the morning, they went to the Temple to teach.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19



Jesus and his apostles traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. As Jesus entered the city riding on a colt, people spread their cloaks on the road before him.


“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest,” they shouted.


Jesus and his friends ate the Passover meal in a large upper room of a house in the city. During the meal — which Christians call the Last Supper — Jesus instituted the Eucharist and explained that one of his friends would betray him.

By: Sister Constance Veit (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

As a child I was an overachiever with a strong competitive streak. I couldn’t stand to lose at anything, not even Candy Land. By the time I entered religious life I had learned to curb the drive to be first in everything, at least outwardly, but I was still a diehard perfectionist — until trying to reach perfection through my own efforts led me to the brink of despair.


By: Deacon Robert Vigil (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, we hear the parable of the prodigal son. When I was a kid, my father spoke to me in Dichos, also known as proverbs. He used to tell me, “Di me con quien andas y te digo quien eres.” Tell me who you run with and I will tell you who you are.


By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

WASHINGTON (CNS) --Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation.


The accident March 10 claimed the lives of 157 people on board, many of them from humanitarian agencies.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19



Moses was married to a daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian. One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock near Horeb, the mountain of God.


As Moses walked along, something strange caught his eye. A nearby bush was on fire, but the flames were not destroying it.


“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned,” Moses said.


God saw that the burning bush had caught Moses’ attention.   “Moses. Moses.” God called out from the bush.


By: Stephanie Clary (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

I used to think that fasting was worthless. I would find reasons to excuse myself from the obligatory Lenten practice: low blood sugar, anemia, etc. While true, these weren’t the reasons I wasn’t fasting. I couldn’t understand how depriving myself of food made any difference in the world.


Yes, the Lenten fast is coupled with prayer and almsgiving, but I knew my prayers were heard and my donations effective regardless of how many calories I consumed. Since I didn’t think fasting mattered, for years I didn’t do it.


By: Genevieve L. Mougey (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Lent. Food. Sacrifice. 40 days. Hunger.


These are all words we encounter in our conversations around this liturgical season. The act and ability to participate in Lent shifts dramatically over the course of a person’s lifetime.
From being “forced” by parents to give something up to the moment when a person chooses what to do without, Lent encourages seeking a deeper dynamism in life, to seek a fuller and deeper relationship with Christ. We embrace a call to great participation in the world around us, while still remembering we are Christ’s.


By: Carol Glatz (CNS)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The constant temptation and cancer of corruption is one of the most devastating illnesses to befall society, Pope Francis said.
Corruption causes considerable damage both ethically and economically, he said in an audience March 18 with judges, administrators and staff from Italy's court of audit, a kind of government accountability office with judicial powers.
By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)--The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops’ strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.


The cardinal attended the Feb. 21-24 summit as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.



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