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By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

The rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic Church. Easy because it was developed to simplify the Gospels and contains the most commonly known prayers, the Hail Mary and Our Father. Difficult because it is so easy to get distracted while repeating the same prayers over and over.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10-25/18

CHILDREN’S STORY: 
One day, Jesus was teaching people in a synagogue on the Sabbath. 

 

Among the people in the crowd was a woman who was completely bent over. She had been forced into this awkward and painful position by a spirit, and she had been suffering for 18 long years. 

 

Jesus looked up and noticed her. 

 

“Woman,” he called out, “you are set free of your infirmity.” 

 

Jesus laid his hands on the woman, and she was cured immediately. The woman stood up straight and began to glorify God. 

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

VATICAN CITY --Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”

 

While many young people think no older person has anything useful to teach them for living today, the pope said, the age of the bishops, combined with clericalism, can lead “us to believe that we belong to a group that has all the answers and no longer needs to listen or learn anything.”

 

By: Gretchen R. Crowe (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

It was one of those days you never forget. Sitting on the beach one summer evening last year, my husband and I decided to pray the rosary. Close by on a blanket was our son, only 8 weeks old. As we started praying out loud, our son began to coo along with every word.

 

Maybe he didn’t know their meaning, but he sensed the rhythm of every Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. That was my first lived experience of the rosary’s power as a family prayer.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

Jesus did a lot of traveling so he could speak to as many people as possible about God. 

 

One day, Jesus decided to send 72 of his followers ahead of him to the communities he planned to visit. 

 

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” he said as he split the men into pairs. 

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

As another Hispanic Heritage Month comes around, the writings of the late Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes have special relevance. 

 

In a beautifully written book titled “The Buried Mirror: Reflections of Spain and the New World,” published in 1992 for the fifth centenary, Fuentes wrote: “We must remember that ours was once an empty continent. All of us came from somewhere else, beginning with the nomadic tribes from Asia who became the first Americans.”  

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Al llegar nuevamente el mes de la herencia hispana, los escritos del fallecido novelista mexicano Carlos Fuentes tienen relevancia especial.

 

En un bello libro titulado “El Espejo Enterrado,” publicado en 1992 para el quinto centenario, Fuentes advirtió: “Debemos recordar que la humanidad en un entonces no existía en nuestro continente. Todos nosotros venimos de otros lugares, empezando con las tribus nomaditas de Asia que fueron los primeros norteamericanos”. 

 

By: Norma Montenegro Flynn (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

GRAPEVINE, Texas --A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

 

By: Julie Asher (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

 

It also instructed the U.S. bishops' canonical affairs committee to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of abuse of minors or adults.

 

By: Norma Montenegro Flynn (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

GRAPEVINE, Texas--Un video mensaje del papa Francisco y una procesión de cruces representando a todas las regiones episcopales participantes abrieron el primer día de la quinta Reunión Nacional del Encuentro programada para el 20 al 23 de septiembre en Grapevine.

 

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