By: Cecilia A. Moore (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

From the 1920s through the 1960s more than 300,000 African-Americans across the country chose to enter into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Their choices to become Catholic set them apart from most African-American Christians who were members of Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal and Holiness traditions.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18



God was unhappy with King Ahab of Israel. Ahab was evil and did a lot of bad things, one of which was marrying Jezebel, a pagan who got the king to worship the false god Baal. 


So the Lord sent his prophet, Elijah, to give Ahab a warning. 


God said that no dew or rain would fall on the land for a long time. The dew and rain would only come again when God instructed Elijah to say so. 


After Elijah delivered God’s message, God told him to go into hiding. 


By: Carol Glatz (CNS)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.


People must make "a serious examination of conscience to understand whether we are really capable of listening to the poor," the pope said in a message for the World Day of the Poor.


By: Dennis Sadowski (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Franciscan Sister Janice Cebula isn’t one to turn down a chance to learn and be inspired.


So when Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, decided to take its Nuns on the Bus campaign on the road again beginning Oct. 8 to call attention to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and its impact on social services and local communities, she readily agreed to join one leg of the trip.


Beginning in Santa Monica, California, the tour was to wind through 21 states before ending near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 2.


By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

The rosary simultaneously manages to be one of the easiest and the most difficult prayers of the Catholic Church. Easy because it was developed to simplify the Gospels and contains the most commonly known prayers, the Hail Mary and Our Father. Difficult because it is so easy to get distracted while repeating the same prayers over and over.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10-25/18

One day, Jesus was teaching people in a synagogue on the Sabbath. 


Among the people in the crowd was a woman who was completely bent over. She had been forced into this awkward and painful position by a spirit, and she had been suffering for 18 long years. 


Jesus looked up and noticed her. 


“Woman,” he called out, “you are set free of your infirmity.” 


Jesus laid his hands on the woman, and she was cured immediately. The woman stood up straight and began to glorify God. 


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

VATICAN CITY --Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”


While many young people think no older person has anything useful to teach them for living today, the pope said, the age of the bishops, combined with clericalism, can lead “us to believe that we belong to a group that has all the answers and no longer needs to listen or learn anything.”


By: Gretchen R. Crowe (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

It was one of those days you never forget. Sitting on the beach one summer evening last year, my husband and I decided to pray the rosary. Close by on a blanket was our son, only 8 weeks old. As we started praying out loud, our son began to coo along with every word.


Maybe he didn’t know their meaning, but he sensed the rhythm of every Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. That was my first lived experience of the rosary’s power as a family prayer.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18


Jesus did a lot of traveling so he could speak to as many people as possible about God. 


One day, Jesus decided to send 72 of his followers ahead of him to the communities he planned to visit. 


“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” he said as he split the men into pairs. 


By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

As another Hispanic Heritage Month comes around, the writings of the late Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes have special relevance. 


In a beautifully written book titled “The Buried Mirror: Reflections of Spain and the New World,” published in 1992 for the fifth centenary, Fuentes wrote: “We must remember that ours was once an empty continent. All of us came from somewhere else, beginning with the nomadic tribes from Asia who became the first Americans.”  



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