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Living Our Faith: Spiritual direction

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Spiritual direction is not only for those discerning vocations to the priesthood or religious life, but for anyone searching for a closer

Spiritual direction is for anyone searching for a closer relationship with God. (Thinkstock)

Spiritual direction is for anyone searching for a closer relationship with God. (Thinkstock)

relationship with God.

A spiritual director accompanies us, helps us to see and listen to where the Spirit is moving in our lives.

By conversation and questioning, a good spiritual director helps directees to make their own decisions.

Scripture, as a place of encounter with God, can serve as a special resource for spiritual direction.

 

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Pope Francis, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

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VATICAN CITY — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis. Read more »

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Faith & Sports — Conference looks at ‘Sport at the service of humanity’

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — Last October, the Vatican hosted a groundbreaking conference to explore the ways faith and sports could act together to spark positive social change, and encourage greater inclusivity, commitment and inspiration on a multicultural global stage.

This June, coaches, chaplains, campus ministers, university administrators and others from across the United States gathered at Villanova University to explore ways to make that vision concrete in the world of collegiate sports. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: St. Emily de Vialar

June 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Emily de Vialar

Feast Day: June 17

Emily was the only daughter of a French baron. At 15 she left school in Paris to become her widowed father’s companion in

St. Emily (Emilie) de Viala  (CNS?image provide by  Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition/permission granted for editorial use)

St. Emily (Emilie) de Viala
(CNS?image provide by Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition/permission granted for editorial use)

Gaillac. Despite his wishes, Emily would not marry, and for 15 years tended neglected children and the poor. In 1832, when her maternal grandfather left her a fortune, she bought a large house in Gaillac, which became the first home of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. In 1835, the order won approval and Emily and 17 other sisters professed vows. Their charisms were care of the needy and education. Emily oversaw the formation of 40 houses, before dying from complications of a hernia she’d gotten in her youth while doing a good deed.

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 18, 2017

June 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

            Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20

            2) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

            Gospel: John 6:51-58

 

My grandfather had been away from the church for more than 50 years. I only saw him a handful of times in my life because we always lived on opposite sides of the country.

I have a few memories of him though. When I was 16, he came for a visit, and I shook his hand with a rather limp effort. He looked me in the eye and proceeded to teach me how to shake another man’s hand: with a firm but not too powerful grip. I have put that into practice ever since. Read more »

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A biblical reading of fatherhood

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul said that he knelt “before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Eph 3:14-15).

All human fathers find the source and model of their vocation in our heavenly Father. They are called, like every person, to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).

No father can live this calling out completely on this side of heaven. But with the help of God’s grace, they can improve in their life of love and service to their families from day to day. Read more »

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Two experiences of fatherhood

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fatherhood is a divine gift that too often goes unrecognized and unremarked upon. It is a vocation of love and a complete giving of self. As with any vocation, fatherhood is fundamentally not about the father himself, but about how he relates to others: as protector, defender and sanctifier of his family.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the importance of the vocation of fatherhood. With role models such as St. Joseph, St. Louis Martin (father of St. Therese of Lisieux) and, above all, God, our heavenly father, it is clear that fatherhood must flow from a place of deep spirituality. Read more »

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How can fatherhood possibly be a vocation?

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I am the same father today that I was 44 years ago when my parenthood journey began. Yet, paradoxically, I am not the same. Fatherhood changed me!

Fatherhood, after all, encompasses a vast commitment, and no real, ongoing commitment leaves people as it found them. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Father’s Day

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fatherhood — like all parenthood — is a vocation, a call.

A Chinese scroll painting showing God, Joseph, Mary and Jesus was on display  in 2009 at St. Joseph's Seminary in Macau, China. Fathers who are disciples of Christ lead their children to God most effectively by humbly following the example of St. Joseph in being faithful to God's will. (CNS photo/Adrian Bradshaw, EPA)

A Chinese scroll painting showing God, Joseph, Mary and Jesus was on display in 2009 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Macau, China. Fathers who are disciples of Christ lead their children to God most effectively by humbly following the example of St. Joseph in being faithful to God’s will. (CNS photo/Adrian Bradshaw, EPA)

A father’s role is complex, multifaceted. He serves as a teacher, model, guide, authority figure and companion to children.

All human fathers find the source and model of their vocation in our heavenly Father.

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‘Megan Leavey’ and a Marine’s best friend

June 8th, 2017 Posted in Movies, Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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Man’s best friend is also a lifesaver in “Megan Leavey,” the inspiring true story of a female Marine corporal and the bomb-sniffing dog she bonded with during the Iraq War.

Kate Mara stars in a scene from the movie "Megan Leavey." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Bleecker Street)

Kate Mara stars in a scene from the movie “Megan Leavey.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. (CNS photo/Bleecker Street)

Leavey and Rex, her trusty German shepherd, together completed more than 100 combat missions in Fallujah and Ramadi, uncovering roadside bombs and caches of weapons, before an explosion sidelined both in 2006.

It’s a supremely heroic and exciting story that transfers well to the big screen, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a screenplay by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt.

We first meet Megan (Kate Mara) before she enlists, and her life does not make a pretty picture. A listless and depressed 20-year-old, she’s mourning the overdose death of her best friend and coping with her parents’ ugly divorce.

Megan lives with her harridan of a mother, Jackie (Edie Falco). Her sensitive father, Bob (Bradley Whitford), provides a refuge from Mom’s persistent nagging.

On a whim, Megan decides to jump-start her life by enlisting in the Marines. It’s a huge leap from her shiftless existence to such a regimented life, and rebellious Megan butts heads often with her superiors.

Caught urinating in public after a night on the town, Megan is nearly expelled. Her punishment is to clean out the cages of the K9 Division, the elite unit of bomb-sniffing dogs headed by Gunnery Sgt. Martin (Common).

It’s dirty work, of course, but Megan perseveres and has an unexpected epiphany. Witnessing the strong bond between the German shepherds and their human trainers, she decides to try her hand. Overcoming cynicism and verbal abuse from her male counterparts, Megan connects with her charge, Rex, and soon both head to Iraq.

On dangerous sorties, the duo proves its mettle, saving countless lives by uncovering land mines and exposing enemy weapons. As her self-confidence grows, Megan opens her heart further and falls for fellow Marine and dog handler Matt Morales (Ramon Rodriguez).

But fate intervenes during an ambush, when an explosion injures both Megan and Rex. Sent home to recover, Megan is devastated to be separated from her beloved canine, now reassigned.

Suffering from physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, Megan decides not to re-enlist. But she is determined to reunite one day with Rex and adopt him as her own.

With its gritty portrayal of the horrors of combat, “Megan Leavey” is a reminder of the personal sacrifices made by those who serve our country, as well as a salute to the enduring rewards of friendship.

The film contains a few scenes of intense wartime violence, off-screen nonmarital sexual activity, several profanities and occasional rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III, adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13.

 

 

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