Issue 9917-8/15/19

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

When Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 b.c., the Judean captives gathered in Ramah before being driven to exile in Babylon (Jeremiah 40:1). Inspired by God, the prophet Jeremiah wrote about this gathering: 

 

“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”—Jeremiah 31:15

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

I recently saw a small news article on the website of a regional news station. It caught my eye because the county where I live was named in the title. A local firefighter lost his job after posting what the article’s title described as “controversial” comments on Facebook. After reading the article itself, I was appalled that the news reporter had used the word “controversial” to describe the firefighter’s comments. 

 

By: Laura Kelly Fanucci (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Did you know the family is a school of love?

 

The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells it out clearly: The family is “a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (No. 1666).

 

But after a long summer with kids crawling up the walls at home or a challenging season of family reunions or vacations, we might be doubting how well we care for those we’re called to love.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone

 Sólo una vez en mi vida he visto un aviso que prohíba sonreír o reír en un lugar público. Este lugar no tenía vigilantes para imponer esta disposición, pero el simple escuchar los relatos de los terribles hechos ocurridos ahí era suficiente para impedir una sonrisa o carcajada. ¿Qué atrocidades pudieron haber ocurrido para prohibir una sonrisa?

 

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