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By: Mary C. Uhler (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

We had a vegetable garden in our backyard at home, and I assisted with that. Planting the flowers (from seed) was my specialty. I still remember watching the alyssum, zinnias, snapdragons and other flowers come to life.

 

My husband and I had a small garden when our children were young. Two of our neighbors also had gardens, and we ended up with too much produce to share, so we stopped raising vegetables. However, I still enjoy planting and tending flowers to this day.

 

By: Brett C. Hoover (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In Dallas, a speaker at a Catholic ministry conference asks the assembled crowd how many people attend parishes with Mass in more than one language.

 

Almost the entire room raises their hands. In the early 21st century, this is a snapshot of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

One day, as Jesus was getting ready to go on a journey, a man rushed up to him and knelt down.

 

“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” he wanted to know.

 

Jesus studied the man for a few moments.

 

“You know the commandments,” Jesus replied, “’You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’”

 

The man nodded his head in agreement.

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

Yo me crie durante la Gran Depresión de los 1930 en un hogar sin electricidad, sin alcantarillado, sin radio, televisión, sin ningún tipo de teléfono, menos un celular. No recibíamos periódicos, ni revistas ni lo que hoy llamamos correo basura. Teníamos sólo unos pocos libros.

 

No teníamos camión o auto, entonces no podíamos asistir a la Misa regularmente, aunque la iglesia estaba apenas a siete millas de nuestra casa. Vivíamos en un mundo insular de pequeñas fincas en los estribos de la cordillera Sangre de Cristo.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcagalia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his apostles and other followers several times.

 

He spoke to Mary of Magdala at his empty tomb. He twice appeared in the midst of the apostles when they were in a locked room. He walked along with two followers as they traveled from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. And he waited on the shore of a lake for seven of his friends to return from fishing.

 

Jesus did all these things during the 40 days after his resurrection. Whenever he appeared to his friends, he talked to them about the kingdom of God.

 

By: David Gibson
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

“The sound of the word ‘heartless’” is nothing less than “horrible,” in Benedictine Father Benoit Standaert’s view.

 

There is a striking difference between living “with or without heart.” It “is as great as the difference between heaven and hell, life and death, light and dark,” the Belgian priest asserts.

 

It is vital, he suggests in “Spirituality, an Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices,” that the key to unlocking the heart be found.

 

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. 

 

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