Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

It’s human nature to determine and ascribe worth. Usually, doing so is helpful to us. For example, we decide if it’s worth our time to wait in line for a Black Friday sale. We decide if a product is worth the money it costs. We decide if an activity is worth the amount of effort it takes. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

A friend recently asked me to reflect on the difference between believing in God and trusting in him, in these terms: “I think for most semi-active Catholics believing in God is easy – I mean, someone had to create all of this. But having faith [or trusting] in God – purposely listening for God, discerning where we are called, and then moving in that direction with faith [or trust] in God in our hearts--that is saintly behavior. How does one develop faith?”

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Most readers of this column would agree that if the law forced a physician to perform an abortion, that physician would be morally obligated to follow his or her conscience, refuse the patient’s request and break the law. Yet these same readers may be unable to accept this moral imperative to protect life in other cases. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

On Dec. 8, 1941, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called Dec. 7 “a date which will live in infamy” because of Japan’s “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor that took the lives of some 2,500 American servicemen.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love.” Developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, the document was approved by the full body of bishops at their November 2018 General Meeting.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
One of the most significant improvements decreed by the Second Vatican Council was the enrichment of the Lectionary, the multi-volume section of the Roman Missal containing the Biblical readings appointed to be read during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. The two Christian liturgies that are combined in the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
 
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
Our faith teaches us that all humans are created in God’s image. God creates good creatures. Thus, I am never surprised by the generosity of humankind. People rise to occasions of greatness more often than seems logical.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
The Solemnity of the Epiphany (this year celebrated on its traditional date, January 6) celebrates the manifestation of God’s presence in the person of Jesus Christ, his Word made flesh. While Christians have come to associate the word “epiphany” primarily with the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus, this feast historically has commemorated several epiphanies, several manifestations or revelations of the Messiah to the different peoples whom he came to save.
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18
As director of faith formation, I minister to parishioners of many ethnicities. Yet, when it comes to our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation), the vast majority of those with whom I minister are Hispanic.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18

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