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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 21, 2018

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle B

            1) Jon 3:1-5, 10

            Psalm 25:4-5, 6-9

            2) 1 Cor 7:29-31

            Gospel: Mk 1:14-20

 

Could this really happen?

Today’s readings seem a bit implausible.

In the first, a prophet named Jonah goes to a city called Nineveh — capital of a ruthless empire — makes a brief announcement of God’s judgment, and just like that, everybody repents of their sins.

The ruins of Nineveh are at modern Mosul in Iraq, a city that the Islamic State terrorist group controlled until recently. Could you imagine some guy in a village being told by God to go to Mosul in, say, 2016, preaching God’s justice on a downtown street — and every jihadi just laying down his weapons and walking away? Read more »

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Kelly Muschiatti overcomes adversity to earn Padua Academy diploma

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Uncategorized Tags: ,

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WILMINGTON – Kelly Muschiatti’s graduation from Padua Academy was delayed for nearly two years while the 19-year-old recovered from life-threatening injuries suffered in an automobile accident in March 2016. So she was thrilled to be at Padua on Jan. 17 to collect her diploma after completing her academic requirements.

What she didn’t know when she walked through the front door was that her graduation would include more than picking up a piece of paper at the front office. When school administrators handed her a cap and gown instead, she realized that she would be getting a commencement ceremony – in front of the student body of more than 600 girls, faculty and staff.

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‘Vote no’: Bishop Malooly letter to Delaware legislators

January 17th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese, Uncategorized

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is text of Bishop W. Francis Malooly letter to Delaware state legislators on a proposed physician-assisted suicide bill.

January 16, 2018

Dear Members of the 149′” General Assembly:

I am writing to express my profound concerns with, and the opposition of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington to, House Bill 160, the so called “End of Life Options Act.” Joining us in opposition to this measure are the Medical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Health Care Association, numerous advocates for those with disabilities and members of that community, and thousands of Catholic Delawareans and people from other faith communities.

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Anointing with holy oil: Consecration and promise, from Moses to Jesus

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the Catholic tradition, to be confirmed is to be chosen — chosen by God to be a sign of God’s presence in the world.

“Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit,” declares the bishop (or, sometimes, a priest) who ministers the sacrament, as he traces the sign of the cross — a sign of consecration — with the sacred chrism oil — representing health and strength — on the recipient’s forehead. Read more »

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Coming back to faith: Confirmed in college

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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If there was anything that I did not anticipate doing during my freshman year of college, it was receiving the sacrament of confirmation. As an atheistically inclined, confirmation class dropout, I wanted nothing to do with Christ or his church, even if Christ and his church wanted something to do with me.

Attending a couple dozen catechesis classes and professing my belief in the Catholic Church was not something I ever expected to do. It was not on my radar. For that matter, it was not on anybody’s radar. Luckily enough, it was on God’s radar and that, in the end, was the only radar that mattered. Read more »

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Confirmation strengthens our identity as children of God

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The sacrament of confirmation is perhaps the most mysterious of all the sacraments. Many Christians find it difficult to understand what benefit it brings. Isn’t the Holy Spirit received at baptism?

Yes, baptism makes us “a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1279). Then why do we need to receive the Holy Spirit again in confirmation? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament series — Confirmation

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens us in our identity as children of God,

Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., uses sacred chrism oil to trace a cross on the forehead of Alma Karina Ruiz, 16, during the sacrament of confirmation at St. Joseph Church in Wautoma, Wis., Aug. 26. Looking on is Alma’s sponsors, Jose Tinajedo and Maria Francisca Ruiz Duran. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero | The Compass)

imparting an “apostolic” character, which associates us with the active mission of the church.

 The sacrament of confirmation has helped me, on the daily, to say yes to God.

 To be confirmed is to be chosen — chosen by God to be a sign of God’s presence in the world, sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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USCCB president: ‘Active love’ needed to further Rev. King’s legacy

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WASHINGTON   — The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is “an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Rev. King’s message, Cardinal DiNardo said in a Jan. 10 statement, is that “the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith.” This year the holiday is Jan. 15.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 14, 2018

January 11th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

            Cycle B

            1) 1 Sm 3:3-10, 19

            Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10

            2) 1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20

            Gospel: Jn 1:35-42

Cultivating a heart that listens

Prayer is a conversation with God. We speak to God as we pray the responses of the liturgy and the psalms, in familiar devotions of the church and with words that flow spontaneously from the heart.

While speaking to God is a necessary part of Christian prayer, listening to God is even more fundamental. Today, God’s word invites us to cultivate a heart of listening so that we may hear God call each one of us by name. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament series – Baptism

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Baptism “grafts” believers “as a living member onto Christ and his church,” Pope Francis said.

Jacob Rivera, 6, is baptized by Father Ilyas Gill during a Feb. 7, 2016, Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jesus said, “Let the children,” including infants, “come to me,” but he calls us all, whatever our age at baptism, to live a life of faith. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Celebrating our baptismal day helps place our faith in the context of our life.

Baptism marks the beginning of a life of faith, not the end.

           

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