Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

I spent yesterday with my mother even though she has been dead for over six years. Yesterday, I found the courage and time to do something I had put off for those six years. I read dozens of pages of journal entries my mother wrote after she was widowed and moved to an assisted living facility. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

Over the last few weeks, I have been distressed to learn of four suicides of high school or college age students connected in some way with my parishioners. My heart goes out to the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of these young men and women — boys and girls — who decided at an early age to end their lives.

 

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: 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: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In June 2013, not long after I first arrived in Statesboro, as pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, I met Debby Kruk, a parishioner who served on the board of directors of the Bulloch County humane society. The board had been meeting at Saint Matthew’s for a number of years, and Debbie asked if the board could continue to do so. I replied enthusiastically, “Yes! I love dogs!” Her kind reply was, “Then we’ll get you a dog!” I said, “That would be wonderful.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

After college, living frugally on graduation money I’d received, I spent almost a year in a small town in Italy. It was a place I’d come to love after having studied there during the summer of my junior year. As a single woman living alone, without much spending money and few friends, I had a lot of time by myself.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

The last phase of the Easter Season, from the Ascension to Pentecost, is supposed to be an intense period—a “novena” (nine days)—of prayer to the Holy Spirit, whom the Risen Lord sent upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Father, on the dies pentecostes, the 50th day of his new and risen life. There are nine days between the traditional “Ascension Thursday” and Pentecost Sunday and so the Church has given us this nine-day novena of prayer to prepare us to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This statement is often used to describe a victim of a freak accident or a random act of violence. The customer who happens to be at the bank when it is robbed. The jogger who happens to be hit by the car that jumped the curb. The woman at the gas pump who is suddenly carjacked.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

“Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the Kingdom of God!”

 

The refrain of David Haas’ “Blest Are They,” cited above, is hauntingly beautiful, especially when sung with its descant. The refrain is taken from the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 5, verse 12, in which Jesus Christ concludes his Beatitudes with these words, adding “Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

Leer en Espanol

As director of religious education at my parish I help prepare adults, youth, and children above the age of reason (seven and older) for the Sacraments of Initiation. At our recent Easter Vigil, 43 adults and children became fully initiated Catholics. Three, already baptized candidates, became Catholic through a Profession of Faith. The other 40 were unbaptized. Of these new Catholics, 40 were Hispanic. 

 

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