Commentary

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9710-5/11/17

On June 4, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, the fiftieth and last day of the Easter season. For Saint Luke, writing in his second work, the Acts of the Apostles, the first Pentecost celebrated by the Jewish people after Christ’s Resurrection was the occasion for a spectacular outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Lord’s disciples gathered behind closed doors in the Upper Room in Jerusalem “with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers.” They “were all in one place together” when “suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9710-5/11/17

Catholics are often encouraged to examine their consciences for sacramental confession based on the Ten Commandments. If the Christians of our nation were to collectively examine our consciences based on the Ten Commandments, what sins may be revealed? 

 

“I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.” 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9710-5/11/17

Early in 2005, I was the editor of this newspaper and a priest in residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah. A year earlier I was asked by Benedictine Military School and Saint Vincent’s Academy to direct a play, which led to the creation of a joint theater program that continues to this day. 

 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9709-4/27/17
In a beautifully written letter, Father Tom Nellis recently updated me and others on Father Mike Smith’s current situation: “The whole season of Lent seemed marked with a certain ambiguity about what road to take after the diagnosis of inoperable stage 4 cancer. On the Tuesday of Holy Week Mike received his first chemotherapy treatment. On the Tuesday of Easter Week, April 18, he returned for a follow-up consultation with Dr. Goldberg, the oncologist.
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9709-4/27/17

We are living in an age of dangerous certainty. How else could we, as a country, have become so divided? People don’t take sides unless they are sure their side is right, and the other side is wrong. People don’t demonize other people unless they are sure those people mean them harm.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17

We have just heard Saint Matthew’s Haggadah of Christ’s Passover (26-27), beginning with his account of the Last Supper, which was a Seder Supper or Passover meal, according to Saints Paul, Mark, Matthew and Luke.

 

We heard in great detail of Christ’s institution of the Eucharist as his zik- karon (memorial) in the Cenacle or Upper Room, of his agony in the garden and his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. We heard of Christ’s arrest by the chief priests and elders of the people and his trial before them for blasphemy.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9707-3/30/17

So alike and wilted, 
Next to God’s own handiwork,
Coaxed out of hiding,
By a welcoming love.

—Father Michael H. Smith

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9707-3/30/17

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak

-an excerpt from “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

Pope Francis discussed a range of issues in an interview published on March 9, in the German weekly Die Zeit. Among these topics was the shortage of priests, which led the Holy Father to reflect on possible solutions to this “crisis.” 

The pope rejected one possible solution out of hand: opening seminaries’ doors to men “who do not have an authentic vocation.” He warned that those who are “not priests by vocation will ruin the Church.” I hope no Catholic would disagree with that stance.

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