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August 2020

Aug 31

With no blueprint for charity, be creative in living the Gospel

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board At the beginning of May, on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis offered this prayer at Mass: “Let us pray for all workers, so that no one might be without work and all might be paid a just wage. May they benefit from the dignity of work and the beauty of rest.” It is a prayer that...
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Aug 28

Opening the Word: Letting go of control

By: Timothy P. O'Malley It is natural for us to want to be in control. We are, after all, precarious creatures. We are born into a world naked, we suffer loneliness and sorrow, and our days are limited upon this earth. Control allows us to bracket our precarity, to live as if there will be another day just like the day that came before. And yet,...
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Aug 26

Understanding Jesus’ glorified body in the Eucharist

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Recently, I heard a respected Catholic teacher say that when we receive Communion, we are consuming the glorified body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord. I have been captivated by this. It seems a better understanding of the Eucharist. I have been Catholic all of my life and have never heard this said...
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Aug 24

For those at the top of the ticket, what difference do churches make?

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion One commentator says that this year’s national candidates “embody the future of American religion.” “Stop judging,” said the Lord (Mt 7:1). Without judging anyone’s conscience, what are the declared beliefs, religious practices and religious history of the candidates? Their views and...
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Aug 21

Opening the Word: The election of Peter

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The word “election,” for residents of democratic states, suggests waiting outside polling stations to cast one’s ballot for candidates for political office. But, the word “election” in Catholic theology denotes God’s marvelous decision to call men and women to salvation. After all,...
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Aug 19

North Dakota teen evangelizes through sidewalk art

By: Patti Maguire Armstrong Maria Loh prays that prayer every morning. It makes an offering of the 17-year-old’s usual household chores, and it gives profound meaning to the not-so-usual use of her hands: creating sidewalk art that stops people in their tracks and turns their minds toward God. Courtesy photo The Fargo, North Dakota, teen...
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Aug 17

‘It’s been a time of renewal’: Parishes see the faithful return slowly, cautiously

By: Michelle Martin When public Masses began in the Archdiocese of Boston, Father James DiPerri knew what he planned to do: set up an altar at the end of one of the two parking lots at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham, Massachusetts, and invite people to bring their own chairs for outdoor Mass. The parish installed an...
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Aug 14

Opening the Word: Salvation to Israel and the Nations

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Jesus’s encounter with the Canaanite woman in the Gospel of Matthew is intended to trouble us. The Canaanite woman is outside of the Chosen People, not a daughter of Israel. And at first, Jesus pays little heed to her. But let us read the text in another way, through the very eyes of the Canaanite woman. She knows...
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Aug 12

‘We all could use a reminder of our mother’s love’

By: Ava Lalor One of my favorite places to visit is the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I was fortunate to attend a college only a couple hours away from the shrine, and between different Catholic groups I was a part of and the fact that one of my friends was from the La Crosse region, I probably made the journey three...
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Aug 10

A shrinking faith, here and abroad

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Likely, when American Catholics meet, they do not rush to discuss the current situation of parishes in Germany. Wait a year or two. In Germany, several large, prominent and historic dioceses have announced plans radically to cut back on the number of their parishes, not always with popular approval. The Holy See has...
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Aug 7

Opening the Word: The tyranny of activity

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In March 2020, the world shut down. There were no more concerts, no more sporting events, no more school and no more extracurriculars. The frenetic activity that characterizes the hustle and bustle of life in the United States ceased. And yet, almost immediately, many began to ask, “When can we go back to...
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Aug 5

COVID-19 changes campus classes, dining halls, dorms and maybe fees

By: Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — The fall semester at Catholic colleges and universities around the country will look and feel very different. As the nation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, university life is cautiously stepping back into the fray of bringing students, faculty and staff members back together under...
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Aug 3

The mission of prayer is at the heart of hope

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez One of the most powerful places in our nation’s capital has very little to do with government, or lobbyists, or military, or any kind of worldly power. I say “very little” because all of the people laboring under those categories fall under its prayer cover. St. Clare’s Convent, within walking...
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