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



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


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.


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



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.



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