Issue 9808-4/12/18

By: Michael J. Johnson
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By: Father Pablo Migone
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One of the most repeated phrases in the Bible is “have no fear” or “do not be afraid.” We were not created to live in fear, and this phrase serves as a reminder from God of that fact. From when God called Abram, to the Archangel Gabriel announcing the good news to Mary, God has made it clear we should not be afraid. Pope John Paul II’s iconic inaugural Mass in 1978 challenged the faithful not to be afraid: “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
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Vatican City (CNS)--God calls all Christians to be saints ­— not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.


“Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy,” the pope wrote in “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in today’s world.”


By: Jessica L. Marsala
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SPRINGFIELD--The first time that Nicole Knight set foot in St. Boniface Church in Springfield was November 7, 2015, the day she said goodbye to her father, who had passed away a little more than a week earlier.


This wasn’t the last time, however. 


By: Rita H. DeLorme
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Change is inevitable, even in the naming of a diocese. Like a child — evolving from infancy to maturity — who picks up nick-names along the way, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah has experienced its own name changes. Earlier, part of the Charleston Diocese, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah first stood officially on its own two feet in 1850. A bastion of Catholicity, it would hold onto both its premier position and its original name until the mid-1930s when new Bishop Gerald P. O’Hara recognized the potential of that up-and-coming city in Fulton County named Atlanta. 


By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
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When I was a little girl, our neighborhood had an Easter sunrise service every year in the open green space of the backyards. One year, several men got up on the roofs of the homes near the gathering. As the sun came up, the men started shouting at the top of their lungs, “He is risen!” We heard the shouts from one roof, and then another and then all the men shouting at the same time.


He is risen. He is risen!

By: Jason Halcombe
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There was a thief on the loose in our neighborhood.


The morning chore circuit had revealed something was prying open the 5-gallon bucket containing the cat’s Kitten Kaboodle crunchies, but no suspect had been identified until the night following a Ruthie Mae false alarm.


By: Mary Hood Hart
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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. 


By: Paul Senz (CNS)
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The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.  

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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On the day of his resurrection, that first Easter, the Risen Christ accompanied two of his disciples, one of whom was Cleopas, on their way to Emmaus. So, disheartened were they by the gruesome death of Jesus of Nazareth and so baffled were they by reports that “some women from our group” had found his tomb empty and that they “had seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive,” that they simply did not recognize the stranger in their midst.


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