Issue 9914-7/4/19

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
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On July 4, 2019, the United States of America celebrates the Declaration of its Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. This nation at 243 years old has survived many wars, beginning with the Revolution, and many crises. Its politics have always been contentious because democracy is a messy business. But in the words of our great ally during the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose father was English and his mother American, “Democracy is a very bad form of government, but the others are so much worse.”


By: 7/4/19
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Diocese of Savannah Office of Black Catholic Ministry held their annual revival on the evenings of June 17 at Sacred Heart Church, June 18 at St. Benedict the Moor Church and June 19 at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, all in Savannah. The final night at Resurrection of Our Lord Church was Youth Night and was attended. Father Paul D. Whittington, O.P., a priest from St. Katherine Drexel Church in Chicago, Illinois, led this year’s revival.

By: Staff
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Deacon George H. Foster, 87, who served as director for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Savannah, died July 1 in Lexington, South Carolina. Former Savannah Bishop Raymond W. Lessard appointed Foster to head the diaconate program in 1981. A Commissioned Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps, Deacon Foster retired from the military in 1982.

By: Sister Pat Brown, SSMN
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in southern California’s Coachella Valley. Once part of an inland sea, it has been alternately a freshwater lake or an increasingly saline endorheic lake (like the Great Salt Lake) and dry desert basin. Driving up a single land sand trail to the top of one of the mountains, we encountered a fence and had to reverse very slowly into an area large enough to make a turn around. Hiking into the canyon trail we searched for the Painted Box Canyon only to give up, dehydrated and tired after ¾ of a mile.
By: Rita H. DeLorme
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A man of many talents, Patrick Walsh, a resident of Augusta who had emigrated with his parents from Ireland in the 1850s, was to fill many roles in his adopted country.  Walsh was an editor, a newspaper publisher and an active Catholic layman, to name only a few of his passions and interests. Perhaps Walsh’s most unique achievement was his founding of the Pacificator, the first Catholic newspaper (and only Confederate Catholic publication) during the Civil War.
By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
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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: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
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Jesus loved to teach people about God. Great crowds often would gather to hear him preach.


One day, a man who was an expert in Mosaic law wanted to test Jesus’ knowledge of the law.


“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” the man asked Jesus.


Jesus knew what the man was up to.


“What is written in the law? How do you read it?” Jesus replied.


By: Rose Bernard
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If Mary Hood Hart was looking for a reason as to why pro-lifers are not spreading their efforts among other life issues as she attempts to rally in her article, “All for one life and one life for all,” she need not look any further than the actual date that her article was printed, June 6, D-Day. On D-Day, Allies combined forces in one mass attack on the beaches of France in an effort to free France from Nazi control and to begin the end of World War II.
By: Mark Kennedy
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As a prolife witness for decades I need to respond to Mrs. Hart’s commentary of June 6. The article is a clear example of the seamless garment thinking of the late Cardinal Bernardin. Disparate issues are given the same moral weight. The distinction between what is intrinsically evil and what is a matter of prudential judgment is ignored. Issues that are essentially important are trivialized and other issues are given more importance than they deserve. A state’s use of the death penalty for a convicted criminal is not morally equivalent to abortion.

By: Padre Pablo Migone
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En una mañana de domingo hace diez años durante mi visita a la fascinante ciudad de Estambul, me dirigí a una de las pocas iglesias católicas de la ciudad para asistir a la Misa. Fui temprano ya que no tenía la dirección exacta, pero el portero del hotel si me había explicado un poco donde se encontraba la iglesia. Caminé varias veces por las dos mismas cuadras de una avenida muy transitada de la ciudad y no pude encontrar la iglesia. ¿Cómo podía no verla? ¡Esta era la catedral de Estambul!


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