By: Joyce Duriga (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

CHICAGO (CNS)--With February being both Black History Month and Catholic Press Month, Daniel Rudd’s story is worth knowing.


A pioneering Catholic journalist, he founded the national black newspaper the American Catholic Tribune and also was the founder of what is today the National Black Catholic Congress.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

After Jesus was baptized, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit then led him into the desert to spend 40 days there and to be tempted by the devil.


Jesus did not have anything to eat during this time, so at the end of the 40 days, he was very hungry.


The devil knew this and tried to use Jesus’ hunger to tempt him into doing something he shouldn’t.


“If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread,” the devil said to Jesus.


By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily. The homily can be a source of inspiration or it can be a stumbling block for many in the assembly. For the one who prepares and delivers it, it may be a unique opportunity for strengthening the call to discipleship.


By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

Do I know what I truly believe? I hope so. For what people believe shapes their thinking and decisions, especially in key, consequential moments.


Were my beliefs different, I might “invest” myself differently than I do in the people and world around me. So I need to know what beliefs I aim to live by.


The question’s answer is essential to achieving the self-understanding that makes life go better.


I need to know who I am, and we need to know who we are. Shared beliefs create bonds among people, enabling them to act together in vital ways.

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, Pope Francis urged leaders of the world’s main religions to embrace a broader vision of freedom, justice, tolerance and peace.


Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi Feb. 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.


By: Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

I began my service as a lector in 1965 when I was 12 years old. Only a few months before (on Nov. 29, 1964), Masses were celebrated in English for the first time in the United States. So, you could say that I got my start on the ground floor.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19



King Saul of Israel did not follow God’s will, so God decided to find a new king.


He told his prophet, Samuel, to anoint David, a young shepherd from Bethlehem, as Saul’s eventual replacement.


When God turned away from Saul, the king was tormented by an evil spirit. David entered Saul’s service and soothed him by playing a harp.


By: Julianne Stanz (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

Catholics have often been falsely accused of not being regularly exposed to the Scriptures. While it has been true in the past that sprinkling conversation with the Scriptures has typically not been a part of Catholic culture, this has certainly changed over the years.


What many people do not realize, however, is that Catholics are deeply saturated in the word of God every time they attend Mass. Readings from Scripture are a sizeable part of every Mass.


By: Peter Finney, Jr. (CNS)
NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Lent is coming.
So is the salvation of many a harried Catholic couple with three or four mouths to feed on a seafood-only Friday night -- the parish fish fry.
The fish fry has become a savory staple of parish fellowship. All in good fun, and in the advancement of culinary civilization, many parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have embarked on a seafood arms race that would require drones with infrared cameras to monitor properly.
By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth didn’t have any form.


Over the course of six days, God formed the earth and created everything on it. And at the end of each day’s work, he saw that all he created was good.


On the first day, God said, “Let there be light.” He separated the darkness from the light, calling the light “day” and the darkness “night.”


“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other,” God said on the second day. He called the dome “the sky.”


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