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Our Lenten Journey, March 16, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | March 16, 2015

 

“Grant me, O Lord my God,

a mind to know you,

a heart to seek you,

wisdom to find you,

conduct pleasing to you,

faithful perseverance in waiting for you,

and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.”

— St. Thomas Aquinas

 

A good prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas to start the week.

 

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031615.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

MAR.16

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Our Lenten Journey, March 14

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Our Lenten Journey | March 14, 2015

 

“The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.” — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of the Pharisee and the sinner. What lessons can we take from this parable to better practice humility?

 

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031415.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

 

MAR.14

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Some Catholic leaders see ‘Francis effect’ in pope’s first two years leading the church

March 12th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Catholic News Service

Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him.

This “Francis effect” provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according to a panel of U.S. Catholic leaders speaking during a March 10 teleconference organized by Faith in Public Life. Read more »

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Photo of the week: A cardinal’s views on environment might be preview of pope’s encyclical

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MAYNOOTH, Ireland — The greatest threats facing humanity are those “that arise from global inequality and the destruction of the environment,” said a top Vatican official.

Those threats are interrelated, so Pope Francis is promoting an “integral ecology,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

A Nepalese man hugs a tree while celebrating World Environment Day at the forest of Gokarna, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, in this 2014 photo. The greatest threats facing humanity are those "that arise from global inequality and the destruction of the environment," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. (CNS photo/Narendra Shrestha, EPA)

A Nepalese man hugs a tree while celebrating World Environment Day at the forest of Gokarna, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, in this 2014 photo. The greatest threats facing humanity are those “that arise from global inequality and the destruction of the environment,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. (CNS photo/Narendra Shrestha, EPA)

Delivering the 2015 Trocaire Lenten Lecture at St. Patrick’s Pontifical University March 5, the Ghanaian cardinal said that for the pope, integral ecology, as the basis for justice and development in the world, requires “a new global solidarity.”

“We all have a part to play in protecting and sustaining what Pope Francis has repeatedly called our common home,” he said.

“At the heart of this integral ecology” is the call to “a changing of human hearts in which the good of the human person, and not the pursuit of profit, is the key value that directs our search for the global, the universal common good,” the cardinal told bishops, priests, seminarians, religious and laity who attended the address.

He said Pope Francis’ encyclical on human ecology will explore the relationship between care for creation, integral human development and concern for the poor and will be published “before the summer” and in time for the pope’s September visit to New York and his address to the United Nations.

The cardinal said he has seen a draft of the encyclical but emphasized that “many people are still working on it,” so it would be a “sciocchezza” (foolishness) to anticipate its contents.

However, he told the delegates to “give great attention to the forthcoming encyclical” as “we confront the threat of environmental catastrophe on a global scale.”

Drawing from Catholic social thought, rooted in the Scriptures and natural reason, Pope Francis’ first principle of integral ecology is the call to protect and care for both creation and people, which are reciprocal concepts and together make for authentic and sustainable human development, the cardinal said.

“Clearly this is not some narrow agenda for the greening the church or the world. It is a vision of care and protection that embraces the human person and the human environment in all possible dimensions,” he said.

He also referred to Pope Francis’ Feb. 9 morning homily, in which he said “it is wrong and a distraction to contrast ‘green’ and ‘Christian.’” In fact, the pope said, “a Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s love for us.”

When Pope Francis says that destroying the environment is a grave sin; when he says that it is not large families that cause poverty but an economic culture that puts money and profit ahead of people; when he says people cannot save the environment without also addressing the profound injustices in the distribution of the goods of the earth; when he says that this is “an economy that kills,” he is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism, but is restating teachings from the Bible, Cardinal Turkson said.

Describing 2015 as “a critical year for humanity,” he said the coming 10 months are crucial for the decisions about international development, the fate of humanity and care for the earth.

He explained this was because in July the third International Conference on Financing for Development will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; in September the U.N. General Assembly will agree a new set of sustainable development goals for the period up to 2030; and in December, the climate change conference in Paris will make plans and commitment to slow or reduce the pace of global warming.

 

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Washington Letter: Supreme Court ponders Obamacare and insurance costs

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Several Supreme Court justices wondered aloud at oral arguments March 4 whether a ruling against the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to millions of lower income Americans would lead to a “death spiral” for the health insurance program.

“We’re going to have the death spiral that this system was created to avoid,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, if the court were to rule in King v. Burwell against the practice of providing subsidies to some participants in insurance programs in states that failed to set up their own insurance exchanges and use the federal system. Read more »

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Commentary: Following a snowy way of the cross

March 12th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Writing a column on social justice and peace offers me plenty of timely issues to choose from. And I always truly sense from God the exact issue he desires that I write on.

I’m not claiming here any special revelation. God’s active, guiding presence is available to everyone. All we need to do is deeply trust, quietly listen and patiently wait. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey, March 10, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | March 10, 2015

 

“My little ones, never forget that the poor are Our Lord; in caring for the poor say to yourself: This is for my Jesus—what a great grace!”

— St. Jeanne Jugan

The work of Jeanne Jugan continues today through the good works of the Little Sisters of the Poor. St. Jeanne reminds us that there is great grace in caring for the poor.

 

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031015.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

MAR.10

 

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 8, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | March 8, 2015

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

— Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII reminds us to not let our human failings get us down. At this point in Lent, when temptation or weakness may have caused us to not keep the sacrifices we had planned on, it’s good to know that we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves.

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030815.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

MAR.8

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Our Lenten Journey, March 7, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | March 7, 2015

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”

— John Henry Newman

 

Former Anglican priest and convert to Catholicism, Blessed John Newman led an amazing life. Theologian, poet and founder of the University College at Dublin. Cardinal Newman counted James Joyce among his admirers. If you have time this Lent, read more about his fascinating life. Today, his words remind us that God is not so far away, but here on earth among us.

 

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030715.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

MAR.7

 

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Our Lenten Journey, March 6, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | March 6, 2015

 “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

— Dorothy Day

 

It’s easy for us to feel love and compassion for those we like, or feel may be worthy of our compassion. But what about those people we don’t like? The challenge is for us to find the same love in our hearts for all of God’s people. Are we able to accept that challenge?

 

TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030615.cfm

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

MAR.6

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