Faith Alive

By: Kerry Alys Robinson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

The Catholic Church is the largest global humanitarian network with enormous potential, and therefore responsibility, to address human suffering and complex global challenges. It is also the vehicle through which the Catholic faith is transmitted to nearly 1.3 billion people.


By: Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

What is your attitude toward work? Do you work in order to live, or do you live in order to work? How do you express yourself through your work? Do you feel that you accomplish something of value most days, or do you feel that your labor is meaningless toil that only achieves your minimal paycheck?


These questions reflect some of the many attitudes that people have toward work.


By: Father Herb Weber (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

When my friend Tom lost his wife to cancer, he grieved more than anyone I had known. Along with a few close friends, I tried to reach out to him. Some days he was open to our offers; other times he buried himself in his work.


For many people, the process of dealing with grief due to the loss of a loved one will be among the hardest tasks they ever face. Sadly, some make it even harder by not acknowledging the need to process grief. The pain is so great they avoid dealing with it.


By: Sister Kathleen Schipani
Originally Appeared in : 9916-8/1/19

The 2017 “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Person with Disabilities” say that “pastors are responsible to provide evangelization, catechetical formation and sacramental preparation for parishioners with disabilities.”


The National Directory of Catechesis gives a similar directive: “The whole community of faith needs to be aware of the presence of persons with (disabilities) within it and be involved in their catechesis.”


By: Kim Daniels (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9915-7/18/19

Angry polarization pervades too many conversations these days, from social media to cable news to family dinner tables. Catholics aren’t exempt from this, of course — in fact, sometimes we seem to revel in it.


Just like everyone else, we too often act like members of political factions fighting for preferred ideological agendas rather than members of a family of faith.


By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
No two people grieve in the same way, but there is common ground when it comes to the aftermath of the loss of a loved one: Life goes on. Pain lingers. Somehow, those two realities must be reconciled.
Although counseling can be helpful for this tough process, faith-based resources can be invaluable as deeper questions surface concerning purpose, faith and “where is God in this?” And today’s parishes have several options to help those who mourn unpack what their experience means to them and find a way to move forward.
By: Mary Marrocco (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9913-6/20/19
Some things happen in a blaze of splendor like a fireworks display. Others are as simple and sweet as a smooth stone being slipped into a still summer lake. Such was the deceptive quietness of Ruby’s calm remark, one Easter morning.
“My mother called this week,” she said. And after a pause, “I’ve decided I can forgive her.”
It took a moment to absorb the enormity of this decision. All of us, in some way, need to come to terms with childhood wounds.
By: Megan Philip (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19

A few years ago my sister graduated from college and was quickly introduced to the brave new world of “Catholic adulting.” Life after college brought her to a new city, parish, job and far away from the comfort of her close-knit Catholic campus ministry community.


After a few months, she called me in hopes that her “working for the hurch” big sister could offer advice on how to make the transition less painful. “Meg, I knew leaving college would mean a lot of changes in my faith, but I had no idea it would be this hard,” she said.


By: Father Rick Malloy, SJ (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

Mimi is a senior at Holy Cross High School. Several of her friends seem so sure about their college choice. Mimi is having a hard time choosing between her top three schools. How come her friends seem so sure when she’s so uncertain?


Bruce is really struggling his senior year at the University of Scranton. After graduation, two of his friends are going to spend a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Bruce feels some pull to a year of service, but he’s not sure if he should get a job or maybe go to grad school.


By: Nancy Usselmann, FSP
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

Sometimes it becomes awkward in church on Mother’s Day when at the end of Mass the priest asks mothers to stand for a blessing. As a religious sister I’ve been in the position of half-standing, half-sitting, unsure of what to do, or even if “spiritual mothers” are included in that prayer.


If I stand, would people think I actually have children? Do they really see me as a spiritual mother? Ugh. It becomes complicated, so I slip into a noncommitted sit-kneel position.



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