Commentary

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Rabbi Yeshua Binzaret (Jesus of Nazareth) gave us his interpretation of the Torah given by God through Moses. Christians regard Jesus’ interpretation of the Law as definitive because he is the eternal Word of God made flesh. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus commands his disciples not only to observe the letter of the Law externally, but to observe it internally as well, to make it their own inner principle of acting in the world.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

I’ve written a version of this paragraph before. And you’ve read a version of this paragraph in the past. The other day I went to a dollar store looking for some fall stickers for my grandchildren’s Thanksgiving craft. Although it was two weeks before Thanksgiving, the fall display had shrunk to some autumn tablecloths and napkins. Christmas merchandise consumed aisles and aisles. Christmas promotions have been in the stores and on the airwaves since well before Halloween. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Just over 100 years ago, an armed insurrection against the Russian Provisional government took place on October 25 (7 November, New Style), 1917, in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg). No one could have predicted the extreme consequences for the whole world of this revolt.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9723-/11/9/17

Last Sunday, in my position as director of faith formation, I was leading a group of parents and children preparing for First Reconciliation. Part of the lesson included the parable of the Good Samaritan. However, the resource I use, in retelling the parable, didn’t identify the helper as a Samaritan. He was described as a person from “another country.” The priest and Levite in the parable also were not identified by their titles. The lesson called them “important people.” 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

Saint Luke’s Gospel presents much of the same material as those of Saint Mark and Saint Matthew. And yet Saint Luke, who was a remarkable writer and artist with words, as well as that “dear and glorious physician” mentioned by Saint Paul, often presents that material in a new and refreshing way, sometimes adding material unique to his Gospel.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Occasionally, when I write a column about racism or gun violence or injustice, readers will write to tell me I should be writing about abortion. My response to them is this: I haven’t met a Catholic (my readership) who doesn’t know the Church’s position on abortion. Yet I’ve met many Catholics who either don’t know or don’t choose to take into account the Church’s teaching on other life issues.

 

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, Catholics should reflect on that event, with a view to overcoming the wounds to the Body of Christ that ensued.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

Imagine this: Children are dying from Ebola. The disease strikes randomly and death follows. Medical personnel can’t respond quickly enough to save the children’s lives. Whenever the disease strikes, hospitals are overwhelmed. Families are devastated. The public is heartbroken. People line up to give blood. Elected officials and religious leaders offer thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

I have been asked to reflect on the latest mass shooting in this country: last Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas that left 58 innocent concert-goers dead and over 500 wounded after Stephen Paddock opened fire on them with an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons, fitted with bump stocks that enabled them to be used as if they were automatic weapons (which are banned from civilian use).

By: Father Douglas Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

On Saturday, Sept. 30, I will be privileged to bless “something beautiful for God in Statesboro”: a brand-new ultrasound machine at Choices of the Heart, the pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Counseling Center. 

 

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