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Advent: Now and forever

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Promises are part of our lives. As kids we extract promises from parents and friends just as we learn to make promises. Some are simple like the promise to bring a treat. Others demand more commitment like the promise to be there when our friends need us.

The most significant promises that I witness take place at marriage ceremonies. As the officiating minister I ask both the man and the woman if they will repeat after me. Then they say how they promise to be faithful in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor all the days of their lives. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Advent week two: Promise, prophecy and return

December 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The world needs modern-day prophets like Isaiah who continue to declare hope during bleak times and can remind people that

A sculpture showing an expectant Mary with Joseph traveling to Bethlehem is seen in a Missouri church during the season of Advent, the time of anticipation and hope before Christmas. Artists throughout the centuries have used their craft to shine a light on the prophecy of Christmas. (CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston)

God has not forgotten them. God’s promise lives on.

Advent is a time of preparation through repentance. We must admit our sinfulness. Yet, it is repentance born out of hope.

We celebrate our Savior’s coming to be with us that first Christmas. We also have his promise that he will come again and take us to be with him. God kept the first promise so we can trust him to keep the second.

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Layers of angels draw return Advent customers to senior care center

December 1st, 2017 Posted in National News, Vocations Tags: ,

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BEDFORD, Ohio — Sister Helen Scasny studied the wall of glass-enclosed cases stretching from floor to ceiling inside the entrance of Light of Hearts Villa, a senior care center in Bedford.

Almost 900 angel figurines of various ages, sizes and materials crowded well-lit shelves, but Sister Helen wouldn’t choose a favorite among them.

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Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members.

“Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to pay fees to ensure that our high-bandwidth content receives fair treatment on the internet,” said Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vermont. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Nicholas

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Nicholas

Fourth Century

Feast Day: December 6

St. Nicholas (Thinkstock)

From the ninth century in the East and the 11th century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and art, and the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches and cities.

He was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). According to folklore, he saved three girls from prostitution, restored to life three murdered children hidden in a brine-tub or saved from death three unjustly condemned men.

There is no evidence that he attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 or suffered persecution for his faith.

“Santa Claus” comes from the Dutch form of his name: “Sinte Klaas.”

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Net neutrality rules needed to keep faith communities connected: U.S. bishops’ committee

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members.

“Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to pay fees to ensure that our high-bandwidth content receives fair treatment on the internet,” said Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vermont.

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Californian, Mexican coastal bishops renew common goals

November 28th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags:

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SAN DIEGO — Three archbishops and nine bishops representing at least 13 million Catholics from Sacramento to the Mexican coastal city of Ensenada have resurrected their “Alta-Baja” friendship, paving the way to potentially working together in the future.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barron of Tijuana, Mexico, had worked with their respective episcopal organizations for more than a year to coordinate a meeting of the two sides.

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Filipino priests encouraged to ‘be unafraid,’ support fellow immigrants

November 27th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: , , ,

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HOUSTON — Part reunion, part crash course in Catholic teaching and navigating the current political climate both in the U.S. and back home in the Philippines, and part celebration of all things Texas, a national assembly for Filipino priests brought faith and culture full circle in Houston.

Hosted by a local organizing committee, the National Assembly of Filipino Priests is held every three years by the National Association of Filipino Priests of the U.S. and Canada.

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Living and growing closer to God in hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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One of the more depressing lines in the Bible, it seems to me, comes from the book of Job: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope” (Job 7:6). Many of us have had times when we felt like Job, when life seemed bleak and we had a hard time believing that the future would be any better. Read more »

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Putting the past behind, to open a future of hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I want to talk about hope. But I begin with a caution, because in the United States talk about hope and about a hopeful life can often open the door to unreality. My view here will be down-to-earth, a view formed by many years of dealing with the realities of daily life. And the first good lesson you learn in facing reality in a hopeful way concerns the past.

Put simply, there is no hope for a better past. The past is empty of hope, just as it is empty of life. I think of discussions with people trying to make sense of a tough life. And frequently they will start by looking backward. “If I had not done that …” or “if only this could have had happened …” Well, these are pointless discussions. Just as there is no hope for a better past, there is no possibility of a different past. The past is gone. It is over. Read more »

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