CNS

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. 

 

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

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

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.

 

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