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Viewpoint: Pray for those who answer the call

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Bishop Malooly and Father Norman P. Carroll, director of the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations and pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, met with the five current seminarians for the Diocese of Wilmington at St. E’s rectory July 21 for dinner. Read more »

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Viewpoint: For those who have eyes to see

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The following guest commentary is excerpted from the July 12 issue of the Clarion Herald, newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It was written by Peter Finney Jr., executive editor and general manager. It was written before three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, La., but it remains pertinent.

 

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The scholar of the law, because he wished to justify himself, asked Jesus: “And who is my neighbor?”

A week of black and white bloodshed in America — from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dallas — leads directly to Jerusalem and Jericho. Read more »

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Diocesan group addresses relations with other faiths

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In the last 2,000 years the church has called ecumenical councils to struggle with changes in the church and the world. More than 50 years ago, Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council to prepare the church for the 20th century. Like many councils, it prepared a program to help the church in its mission in the modern world.

Fifty years have passed and the council’s recommendations and aims still need to be studied and addressed. The changes were intensive and challenging. As in any organization, there are always two sides in the debate, so it is no surprise it has taken many years to understand and accept its decision. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Visiting the imprisoned: How to serve the ‘least of these’

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With the proclamation of the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has encouraged us to begin a personal examination of our relationship to God’s mercy.

The ball is in our court. How will we truly “find the joy rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy,” as Pope Francis has urged us?

We start by reviewing the corporal works of mercy. We recognize many of our actions on that list. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Pope puts out the welcome mat

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I don’t know if there are Home Depots in Rome, but an enterprising household goods sales person over there might call on Pope Francis to sell him a gigantic welcome mat for St. Peter’s Basilica. “You’re welcomed in the church” has been the pope’s continuing theme since his pontificate began in 2013.

He extended that welcome again last week when he released his postsynodal apostolic exhortation “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (“The Joy of Love”) on Love in the Family.”

The document’s title might be unwieldy, but its message is positive, clear-eyed and traditional. Read more »

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Viewpoints — ‘Whenever I use city water, I always pray’

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The routine of running a home with three children took on a new dimension for Makielah Conway when the Flint, Michigan, water crisis seeped into her residence. A full-time mom and part-time volunteer at Community Closet based out of Flint Catholic Charities, Makielah shares her typical day: Read more »

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Viewpoint: Will we see a pope in Red Square?

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Now that Pope Francis has embraced Kirill, the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Havana, I’m excited about the possibility of seeing a pope visit Moscow’s Red Square in my lifetime.

When I was growing up, an air raid siren erupted every Saturday at noon in my hometown like a civic Angelus bell reminder of the H-bomb. The ugly sound was a weekly herald of the Cold War’s nuclear game of chicken that the United States and the Communist Soviet Union were waging then.

That’s why, for me, a Roman Catholic pontiff visiting the onion domed St. Basil’s Cathedral, now a Red Square museum, would seem miraculous. Read more »

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Commentary: Season to be grateful begins

November 26th, 2015 Posted in Opinion Tags: , ,

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This is the thanks-saying, thanks-doing, thanksgiving season. It begins in late November and runs through Christmas. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a secular feast, although many religious congregations mark it with special services and prayers.

We would be a better, stronger, happier nation if we lived gratefully with one another every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving Day. Organized religion can help to make that happen. Read more »

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Commentary: Charting our course in this life

November 15th, 2015 Posted in Opinion, Vocations Tags: , ,

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My father used to say he wanted to be a sailor when he grew up. The thing is, he was already a grown up when he announced that ambition. He wasn’t talking about the Navy; he was talking about taking the helm of his own boat someday and catching a good wind.

What kept Dad from heading to a dock to cast off every weekend or summer was his family. A wife and seven children come with some responsibilities and those duties were Dad’s priorities in life. Family always came first for my father and mother.

Dad’s jobs were mostly in sales. I marvel that he was able to raise us on a salesman’s salary, and in retrospect, I understand the pressures my parents faced in having a big family. But I know raising seven made them happy because they rarely showed any signs of the strain of the task. Read more »

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Viewpoint: The communion of saints

November 1st, 2015 Posted in Death & Resurrection, Opinion Tags: , ,

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November is an appropriate time for remembering in prayer those who have gone before us

 

In November we celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday when we gather as a family to thank God for all that he has given to us in our lives.

It is also the time of year that our church urges us to remember and pray for those departed loved ones who have been a part of our lives and to especially remember those faithful who may have no one on earth left to pray for them. Far from being a sad practice, the tradition of praying for the dead reminds us of the greatest mystery of the church, the communion of saints.

As Catholics we believe that the primary purpose of our life on earth is to know, love and serve God in this life so we can be happy with him in heaven. In other words, we are all called to be saints. God’s plan of salvation is for everyone to be reunited and happy together forever. Read more »

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