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Theologians suggest imagining a closer relationship with God when picturing heaven

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The old Flatt and Scruggs bluegrass spiritual captures an image many devoutly believe in its chorus: “Heaven (supernal)/ Heaven (eternal)/ I’m so glad it’s real.”

But the notion of a happy home far away in the sky after our mortal passing isn’t everyone’s idea of “the life of the world to come” asserted as the profession of Christian faith in the Nicene Creed. And uncertainty fuels the dread of death. Read more »

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Do we look forward to the life of the world to come?

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Heaven is so hard to imagine! For heaven is to such a great extent unknown to us.

Yet, we who are Catholics profess in the Nicene Creed during the Mass that we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” But do we? Pope Benedict XVI wondered about that. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Heaven: The life of the world to come

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Heaven is so hard to imagine!

Christ's ascent to heaven is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, N.Y. In John's Gospel, Jesus says, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?" (14:2). (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

Christ’s ascent to heaven is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, N.Y. In John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” (14:2). (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

What does it mean when we say we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come”?

Rather than a physical space, recent popes and theologians explain heaven as a state of complete happiness, being in full communion with God.

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U.S. bishops call for permanent protection for young migrants

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WASHINGTON — The chair of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Trump administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to the U.S. as minors without legal documentation. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Christina the Astonishing

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Christina the Astonishing

Feast Day: July 24

Born at Brusthem, Belgium, Christina had a seizure at age 21 that was thought to have killed her. At the Mass being said for her, she suddenly flew to

St. Christina the Astonishing (CNS)

St. Christina the Astonishing (CNS)

the top of the church, later saying she had been to hell, purgatory and heaven, and was allowed to return to earth to pray for suffering souls. This was one of the incredible events attributed to this poor, likely schizophrenic mystic, called “Christina Mirabilis,” who reportedly flew to treetops and rooftops to avoid smelling other people. She spent her last years in St. Catherine Convent in Saint-Trond, and is a patron saint of psychiatrists, psychologists and those suffering mental illness.

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 23, 2017

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

2) Romans 8:26-27

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-33

 

I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list. Read more »

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How parishes can support faith growth in summer months

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Any pastor will let you know that Mass attendance goes down during summer months. This is due primarily to families and individuals being out of town on any given weekend. Families have fewer scheduled commitments that prevent them from traveling or spending long weekends with grandparents, at cottages or at beaches.

With this is mind, parishes have to help families find ways to not only maintain faith during the summer but also to support faith growth. Read more »

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Welcoming parishes help vacationers keep the faith

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Visitors are hardly strangers in the three-blocks-from-the-Pacific parish of Mission San Buenaventura, founded in 1782 by St. Junipero Serra in what is now the city of Ventura, 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

At each of the mission’s six weekend Masses (two in Spanish), first-time visitors and vacationers — whether hailing from neighboring cities, any of the 50 states or from all over the world — are welcomed at the door by ushers bearing smiles and worship aids. Read more »

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Schedule God into busy summer family plans

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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My family missed Mass a few weeks ago. It doesn’t happen often, so my youngest looked genuinely confused when I told him we weren’t going.

“Like at all?” he asked.

If there was ever a time when guilt felt good, this might have been it. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Keeping the faith in summertime

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How can families make sure summer isn’t a vacation from God?

A student follows along with her study Bible during a 2010 summer religious education class at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece, N.Y. Churches need to make sure that they do not inadvertently give the message that nothing is happening during summer months. Weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer film series and book discussions are some ways to keep "faith thoughts" in the minds of parishioners throughout the vacation season. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

A student follows along with her study Bible during a 2010 summer religious education class at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece, N.Y. Churches need to make sure that they do not inadvertently give the message that nothing is happening during summer months. Weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer film series and book discussions are some ways to keep “faith thoughts” in the minds of parishioners throughout the vacation season. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Parishes located in or near vacation and “destination” locales throughout the U.S. use special methods of outreach to welcome and engage visitors.

At home, church communities can signal active and vibrant parish life through weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer movie series, book discussions and vacation Bible school.

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