Issue 9724-11/23/17

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

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At the Ascension of Jesus two men dressed in white appeared and announced to the discouraged disciples, “This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” These words gave the frightened men something to look forward to – Jesus would return. 

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

This is the time of year when I’m most excited about the holiday season. We are a few weeks ahead of things and I’m able to have a sense of joyful anticipation about it all. It’s so exciting and wonderful – I can hardly wait.

 

Of course, give me some time and I’ll start hyperventilating. 

 

The further we get into things, the crazier I get. Parties. Shopping. Interacting with all those people. If I’m not careful I can lose focus completely and the Season of Joy becomes something to be endured.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Heading into this year’s soccer season, I made it clear to Simon that the only person standing between himself and his personal best was one Simon A. Halcombe.

 

A head taller than nearly every other player, built like a storm shelter in Iowa, and with a foot like that of U.S. Soccer stud Clint Dempsey, Simon can be almost unstoppable when he puts his mind to it (High emphasis on, “When he puts his mind to it”).

 

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: CNS
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

Detroit (CNS)
Blessed Solanus Casey always said that “as long as there is a spark of faith,” there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

 

His words were accompanied by “the concrete practice of faith, hope and charity in his everyday life,” said the cardinal in his homily during the November 18 beatification Mass for the beloved Capuchin Franciscan friar who was known for his cures and wise counsel.

 

By: CNS
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

St. Louis (CNS)
Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, became a rallying cry for many in the civil rights movement, died November 11 at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was 93.

 

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate her funeral Mass November 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in St. Louis. A private burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

In the story, "An aspirant's path to consecrated life," (Issue 9723, November 9, 2017) Jessica Schira's last name was incorrectly spelled as "Shira." Her mother's last name is "Sosa" not "Schira."

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

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By: Submitted by Debra Harrison, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Macon
Originally Appeared in : 9724-11/23/17

The Corporal Works of Mercy provide all Catholics with a model for how we should treat all others. They are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs. At SJS, providing service to our community begins early as students are taught to live out our philosophy of “Faith in Action.” Students are given many opportunities to give their time, talent, and treasures to those in need. Each day teachers and students begin their day with prayers, which often include praying for others.

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