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Entries for January 2018

"The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes." Those gathered in the synagogue where Jesus taught had never heard anything like this before. They were used to the preaching of the well-educated scribes, but Jesus possessed something that those men lacked: authorit...

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Dear Friends in Christ,        Catholic Schools Week, which is celebrated January 28 to February 3, 2018, is an annual celebration of Catholic education in our country. Our schools observe the week with open houses and other special activities for students, faculties, families, parishioners, and community members. I...

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"A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.&q...

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, January 22, 2018, marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. On January 19, 2018, the annual March for life will be held in Washington D.C. This year's theme is Love Saves Lives. Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love: &quo...

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"So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." What did Zebedee think about all of this? His sons and his partners, James and John, suddenly left their post and followed Jesus. So there he stood in the boat with a crew of employees, but not one of his sons. We can't help but wonder...

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Now that the holiday rush is through, it’s not too early to begin thinking of Valentine’s Day. Give your Valentine something special this year – the gift of your time. Come celebrate your marriage at a day-long enrichment that will renew your dreams, increase your passion and refresh and celebrate your marriage. This mar...

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The distressing news of vulgar disrespect for many immigrants and their places of origin places the question of immigration to the front of our national consciousness. What does our Church teach about immigration, the fate of refugees and public policy? Pope Francis reminds us that we cannot remain indifferent to the plight of people who ...

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The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." (Exodus 15:6). According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII). . . , "Throughout the Biblical narrative of salvation, an unmistakable motif is the unrelenting determination of th...

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  "He first found his own brother Simon and told him, 'We have found the Messiah.'" After spending the day in the company of Christ, Andrew took action. He shared the good news! Instead of keep-ing his newfound friendship with Jesus all to him-self, Andrew invited his brother into the fold. Andrew found Simon and...

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“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansi...

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