Home » Articles posted by Catholic News Service (Page 7)

Living Our Faith: Hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

Hope is about the future. There is the hope of common sense, of human courage, that looks to the future and says, “Whatever happens, I

(Thinkstock photo)

can handle it. I’ve got a future.”

And there is the hope of the Gospels, the hope of faith, the hope of charity, that says, “Whatever happens, God will be with me, with us. We will not be alone.”

 

Comments Off on Living Our Faith: Hope

An Advent meditation: Memory and hope

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

 

“So … what are you giving up for Advent?”

Lent gets all the attention. There is Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, the daily “giving up” of chocolate and meatless Fridays. Lent has a lot of reminders. But Advent sneaks up on us. Read more »

Comments Off on An Advent meditation: Memory and hope

Living Our Faith: First Week of Advent

November 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

During Advent, Christians patiently await the revelation of the face of God at Christmas.

A lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath in this 2016 photo. We remember that God’s first miracle, light, is also his most frequent. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review)

Advent is a privileged time to allow the human to be reawakened within us, to love the questions that life opens, to embrace our fragility and need for Another to respond to them.

This Advent, may we let the light grow and give patience to others as a gift.

Comments Off on Living Our Faith: First Week of Advent

Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi

November 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

HONG KONG (CNS) — Officials in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country’s leader, Xi Jinping. Read more »

Comments Off on Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi

California bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in his state

By

 

BALTIMORE — Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, asked his brother bishops meeting in Baltimore to pray for the victims of the nation’s latest shooting tragedy. Read more »

Comments Off on California bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in his state

Australian archbishop: New marriage law must include conscience clauses

By

 

CANBERRA, Australia (CNS) — After a majority of Australians indicated they favored same-sex marriage, Australia’s bishops said legislators must ensure that any new law on marriage includes protection for religious freedom. Read more »

Comments Off on Australian archbishop: New marriage law must include conscience clauses

So, who is my neighbor?

November 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

 

We all like to be among our kind. It is easier to live among those who share our background, our ways of thinking and acting. Those who are different are usually perceived as a challenge or threat.

In the beginning, Israel thought that every nation had its own god. Their God, revealed through Moses, was seen as greater than the other gods, especially when they defeated other groups in battle.

In time, they began to understand that there was only one God, and that raised the question of how God viewed other nations. The prophets worked hard to teach Israel that God cared for all, not just for them. The others, the gentiles (“the nations”) were included in God’s love.

 The Gospels show us Jesus often making the same point. This should have been obvious from the beginning of the church, if Luke’s account of Pentecost is to be believed. On that day, Acts tells us, people were gathered from many nations:

 “We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs.” And Luke says about 3,000 people joined the church that day. We were a diverse lot right from the start.

Of course, these were apparently all Jewish Christians, so the big crisis that faced the early church was what to do about gentiles who came to believe in Christ. Paul insisted that they did not have to become Jews in order to be Christians, which caused great dissension in the church that was only resolved at the first council in Jerusalem.

 The Gospels recount several times when Jesus pushes us to broaden our thinking. In one case, he seems to have been pushed himself, when the Canaanite woman begs him to heal her daughter. He says, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” but her faith leads him to grant her request.

With the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus challenged listeners to recognize that the term “neighbor” must include more than our own kind. Jews and Samaritans were bitter enemies, but it is the Samaritan who is the true neighbor to the injured Jew.

When Jesus cured the Roman centurion’s servant, he acknowledged the faith of this non-Jew, saying, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”

And, of course, he gave the church the task of making disciples “of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

—  Father Lawrence E. Mick

 

Father Mick is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and a freelance writer.

 

• • •

 

Food for Thought

 

 The Catholic Church in the United States counts among one of the most multicultural communities in the world. It is, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us, “one community of faith with many faces, languages, heritages and experiences.”

In “How Do We Welcome the ‘Stranger’ in Our Parishes? A Resource for Building Unity in Diversity,” we’re told to use this mix of ethnic groups as an opportunity to promote unity and collaboration.

While dealing with multiple languages and groups can pose tensions in some communities, it can also be the perfect place to practice the Gospel and to implement the new evangelization that our church leaders have proposed. It may mean feeling uncomfortable at the beginning, trying to wade into territory new to us. But it is a path well-worn by our Christian ancestors.

“We are called to follow in (Christ’s) footsteps … to step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others,” said Pope Francis. “We should not simply remain in our own secure world … but we should go out in search of others so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ.”

 

Comments Off on So, who is my neighbor?

Living Our Faith: Who is my neighbor?

November 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

By

 

With the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus challenged listeners to recognize that the term “neighbor” must include more than our own kind.

The Good Samaritan (Thinkstock Photo)

Jews and Samaritans were bitter enemies, but it is the Samaritan who is the true neighbor to the injured Jew.

He gave the church the task of making disciples “of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.”

 

 

Comments Off on Living Our Faith: Who is my neighbor?

Saint of the Day: Engelbert

November 7th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

By

 

St. Engelbert

Feast Day: November 7

As a child, Engelbert received several endowed church offices through family influence, then was named archbishop of Cologne (Germany) in 1217.

St. Engelbert (CNS)

Though involved mostly with secular matters, he also was known for generosity to the poor and fairness in disputes.

His sainthood came through martyrdom.

When Engelbert demanded that his cousin Frederick make restitution to nuns in Essen for stealing their property and abusing his administrative trust, Frederick and other nobles assassinated him.

Comments Off on Saint of the Day: Engelbert

Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting

By

 

VATICAN CITY  — Calling the mass shooting in a Texas Baptist church Nov. 5 an “act of senseless violence,” Pope Francis asked the local Catholic archbishop to convey his condolences to the families of the victims and to the injured. Read more »

Comments Off on Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting