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By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

CHILDREN’S STORY:

 

Word had reached the apostles and other believers in Judea that the apostle Peter had done something outrageous while visiting the town of Joppa.

 

Not only had Peter agreed to enter the home of a gentile in Caesarea, but he also preached the Gospel to the man’s family and friends and baptized them!

 

The apostles and the other believers were shocked. Jews were not allowed to associate with gentiles. Peter’s friends demanded an explanation.

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

Vatican City (CNS)--God calls all Christians to be saints ­— not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

 

“Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy,” the pope wrote in “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in today’s world.”

 

By: Paul Senz (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.  

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

 

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala visited the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid after he died on the cross. 

 

But Jesus’ body was gone. 

 

Mary rushed to tell Peter, who ran to the tomb with another apostle. All they saw inside was Jesus’ burial cloths. 

 

Peter and the other apostle went home while Mary stayed behind to weep. 

 

As she was crying, she looked in the tomb and saw two angels. They wanted to know why she was so upset. 

 

By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the church’s energies to a new evangelization.”

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

CHILDREN'S STORY:

 

Jesus and his apostles traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 

 

Two days before the feast, the chief priests and scribes were plotting to have Jesus arrested and killed. 

 

“Not during the festival,” they said, because they feared the people would riot. 

 

In the meantime, Jesus and the apostles went to the home of Simon the leper to share a meal with him. 

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

CHILDREN'S STORY

Jesus and his friends were in Galilee, where Jesus performed a miracle in Cana. Afterward, they traveled to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.

 

As Jesus and his friends neared the walls of Jerusalem, they noticed there were many ill, blind, lame and crippled people at the Pool of Bethesda near the city’s Sheep Gate. It was said that people who entered the pool when its waters were stirred up would be cured of their afflictions.

 

By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

The Palm Sunday cry of Christians, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” was heard many centuries ago in Jerusalem’s streets. It still is heard today.

 

The words of this cry are so familiar that their meaning risks being overlooked or taken for granted. They hold a great challenge, however.

 

Let’s visit the writing of Etheria, a woman from Galicia, a Spanish province, who traveled to the Holy Land in the fourth century. Her word images of Christian life in Jerusalem became an invaluable tool for future historians.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

Children's Story

 

One day, God visited Abraham and told him that Sarah, his wife, was going to have a son 

 

This news came as a surprise, because Abraham was almost 100 and Sarah was in her 90s. But Abraham trusted God’s promise, and, sure enough, Sarah gave birth to a boy named Isaac.

 

Several years later, God once again spoke to Abraham.

 

By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr.(CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

When I was in college, a classmate posted on Ash Wednesday that she was giving up Facebook for Lent. Thursday, she joined Twitter. Funny? Yes. Inconceivable? No.

 

This begs the question, What was she hoping to get out of giving up Facebook for Lent?

 

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