Issue 9924-11/21/19

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By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11-21-2019

Of the many priests who taught me while in seminary, the most joy-filled one was an Irish Dominican friar, Father Paul Murray. He was a man of deep prayer, faithful to the Church and always ready to tell a good story. In one of his courses titled “God and the Poets,” we discussed the presence of humor in Scripture. We also considered passages written by Saint Thomas Aquinas where Father Murray found traces of humor in the great theologian’s works.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

COLUMBUS--When rival sports teams face off, it is not uncommon to hear barbs and taunts thrown by the crowds on opposing sides as players on the field or court attempt to score.


But at St. Anne-Pacelli School, the athletes know that good sportsmanship will speak louder than any of the insults that could be thrown their way.


By: Rachel Balducci
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I’m a few weeks away from finishing my first semester as a full-time college professor. In August I started this job at the local university, teaching a full load — three sections of a public speaking class and two sections of a journalism class — and loving it a bunch.


By: Father Kenneth Doyle (CNS)
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Q. At the Last Supper, Jesus told the apostles to take his body and his blood. But Christ knew that Judas was in a state of serious sin. So how could he have let him receive? (Alexandria, Louisiana)


A. Scripture scholars indicate that there is room for debate as to whether Judas was still present at the Last Supper after Jesus had instituted the Eucharist. Luke’s account (22:17-23) would lead one to believe that Judas did share in consuming Christ’s body and blood.


By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

As family members gather for the upcoming holidays, there might be more than sugarplums dancing in their heads. Some, perhaps many, might be inwardly anxious about the potential for hurtful arguments that can erupt among multigenerational clans.


Of course, Christmas and the other fall/winter holidays are not supposed to be times of anger or argument, especially not within our families, which are centers of love.


By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

De los muchos sacerdotes que me enseñaron en el seminario, el más alegre fue un fraile dominico irlandés, el Padre Paul Murray. Era un hombre de oración intensa, fiel a la iglesia y siempre listo para compartir alguna historia. En uno de sus cursos titulados "Dios y los poetas" hablamos de la presencia del humor en la Biblia. También consideramos algunos pasajes de Santo Tomas de Aquino en los cuales el Padre Murray encontró rastros de humor en las obras del gran teólogo.


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

On the day of his resurrection, that first Easter, the Risen Christ accompanied two of his disciples, one of whom was named Cleopas (the other’s name is unknown), on their way to Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. So disheartened were they by the gruesome death of Jesus of Nazareth and so baffled 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.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

During the 2019 Junior Youth Conference (JYC) Nov. 8-9, 266 middle school-aged youth gathered at St. John the Evangelist Church in Valdosta and 197 at St. Peter the Apostle Church and School in Savannah to learn how to recognize the potential saint in others.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

One day, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon wanted his dream interpreted.


He summoned all of the city’s enchanters, sorcerers, magicians and Chaldeans. Nebuchadnezzar expected these men to know what his dream was without being told and then interpret it correctly.


The king became angry when the men said they could not do so, and he ordered all of Babylon’s wise men to be put to death.


Daniel, an Israelite who had been taken to Babylon to serve Nebuchadnezzar after the king’s siege of Jerusalem, heard what was going on.


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