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By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

CHILDREN’S STORY:
God was upset about the evil ways of King Ahab of Israel. Ahab had married the Sidonian princess Jezebel and began to worship her false god, Baal.

 

One day, God called on his prophet, Elijah, to tell Ahab that there would be no dew or rain in the land except at Elijah’s word.

 

Drought and famine spread through the land for three years. During this time, Elijah was in hiding and Jezebel put the other prophets of God to death.

 

In the third year, God told Elijah to return to Ahab and end the drought.

By: Effie Caldarola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

Joe Young spent last summer on a mission trip to Magadan, a city in the Russian Far East, where an American priest serves a parish on the site of a former Stalinist labor camp

“It was the most impactful summer I’ve ever had,” Young said. “It was life-changing.”
Miles away, another Joe, this one a retired attorney, traveled last year to Honduras on a medical mission trip run annually by Creighton University and their campus parish in Omaha, Nebraska

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said.

 

“A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian,” the pope said July 15 before reciting the Angelus prayer with an estimated 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

CHILDREN’S STORY:

Jesus traveled from village to village near his hometown to teach the people about God.

 

One day, he decided to send the apostles in pairs to preach in different places.

 

He gave his friends the authority to drive out unclean spirits and instructions on what they were to do.

 

For example, he told them the only thing they each could bring on the journey was a walking stick. They were not supposed to bring food, money, a sack or a second tunic.

 

By: Father Curtiss Dwyer (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

The pope was a patriot. The year was 1983, and Poland was under martial law. St. John Paul II, making his second pastoral visit to his homeland, upon reaching the airport tarmac bent forward and kissed the ground. He remarked during the arrival ceremony that the kiss had a special meaning for him. 

 

“It is like a kiss placed on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother,” he said. He said he considered it his “duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime, yet difficult historical moment of our homeland.”

 

By: Jennifer Ficcagalia
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

People flocked to Jesus wherever he and the apostles went. Not only did the people want to hear Jesus preach, but many also hoped to be healed by him. 

 

One time, Jesus cured a man of his leprosy. He healed a centurion’s servant while visiting Capernaum. He forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and the man could walk again. He even helped Peter’s mother-in-law, who was sick with a fever. 

 

By: Rhina Guidos (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. 

 

By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

WASHINGTON --Caring for creation goes hand-in-hand with the mission of helping retreat-goers connect with God at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio.

 

The center’s tree-enshrouded grounds that filter the sound of nearby traffic in the middle of Cleveland’s largest suburb offer a home for wildlife and a respite for those seeking a quiet place to pray and reflect about God in their life.

 

By: Helen Alvare (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” 50 years on, is how reports of its imminent death were continually exaggerated. Very few brave souls would have predicted in 1968 that the document would ever enjoy enthusiastic support from more than a few female Catholic intellectuals and the Catholic “woman in the pew,” even while it remains contested both in the Church and in the world.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaliga
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

One day, as Zechariah the priest entered the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense, the angel Gabriel appeared to him. 

 

“Your prayer has been heard,” Gabriel told Zechariah. “Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.” 

 

Zechariah did not believe what he had heard. He and his wife were very old, and Elizabeth couldn’t have children. 

 

Gabriel did not appreciate Zechariah’s doubt. 

 

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