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Healing a heart

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Cheryl Wunsch was a new mother and a recently baptized Catholic when she received the awful news that sent her on a 39-year journey to healing and forgiveness.

Her parents had recently divorced, and she had been out of touch with her father. But one day, unexpectedly, he called. Read more »

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Looking anew at the realities of suffering

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Profound suffering, like a howling wind sweeping over and around people, is a force to contend with. It shakes people, knocks them off balance and causes them to feel uncertain what to do or which way to turn.

Harsh suffering damages the hope that people require and leaves them feeling isolated in their anguish — alone, misunderstood, weakened and struggling. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: The Christian meaning of suffering

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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A Mozambican refugee walks toward his mother in Mwanza, Malawi, Feb. 7, 2016, after arriving at a makeshift camp to escape violence at home. Christians take the pain of suffering most seriously. The crucifix behind or above the altar in a Catholic church vividly reminds believers that Christ suffered an utterly painful death on a cross. (CNS photo/Erico Waga, EPA)

A Mozambican refugee walks toward his mother in Mwanza, Malawi, Feb. 7, 2016, after arriving at a makeshift camp to escape violence at home. Christians take the pain of suffering most seriously. The crucifix behind or above the altar in a Catholic church vividly reminds believers that Christ suffered an utterly painful death on a cross. (CNS photo/Erico Waga, EPA)

 

 

 

The Christian view of suffering is complex.

While suffering is not a goal in itself, Christians hold nonetheless that our suffering can be Christlike.

Life with God is not a series of rewards and punishments based on our conduct. It’s complicated and sometimes messy, but in the end, it is about faith and trust, in good times and bad.

 

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Your forecast for today from Pope Francis: Christians are guided by God, not horoscopes

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VATICAN CITY — The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said.

Like Jesus, who was stripped of everything and nailed to a cross, Christians are called to “strip” themselves of their securities and follow God’s call even though they do not know where it will lead, the pope said June 26 in his homily during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Parenthood — did I sign up for this?

June 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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Stripping soaked sheets off a child’s bed for the third night in a row. Scrubbing vomit out of a carseat. Listening to a bedroom door slam with an angry “I hate you!” Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Elizabeth of Portugal

June 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Feast Day: July 4

The namesake of her great-aunt, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, this daughter of Aragon’s king was married at age 12 to Diniz of Portugal, a good king but

St. Elizabeth of Portugal (Wikimedia Commons PD?USA)

St. Elizabeth of Portugal (Wikimedia Commons PD?USA)

unfaithful husband. As queen, Elizabeth founded hospitals, orphanages and a home for women. She was a peacemaker, reconciling her husband and rebellious son Alfonso, and helping avert wars. Widowed in 1325, she retired to a Poor Clare convent she founded in Coimbra, and as a Franciscan tertiary devoted herself to God and people in need. She died trying to broker peace between two kings, her son and nephew.

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 2, 2017

June 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19

2) Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42

 

One winter morning I awoke to the sound of wind rattling loose windows and making a sorrowful sound that can only be experienced on the windswept Colorado prairie. I was an only and often lonely child in a world of adults, watching the light, sifting snow accumulate in the interior corners of my windowsill. As this particular day progressed, I realized that the storm I was observing was unlike any I had witnessed in my young life. Read more »

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Saint of the Day: Irenaeus

June 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Irenaeus

Feast Day: June 28

This early Christian theologian passed on the apostolic tradition to a new generation as he helped evangelize France.

St. Iranaeus (CNS)

Statue of St. Iranaeus (CNS)

Born in Asia Minor, possibly at Smyrna, Irenaeus was taught by St. Polycarp, a pupil of St. John the Apostle. Sent to Gaul as a missionary, he served as a priest under St. Pothinus of Lyons, a martyr whom he succeeded as bishop of the large market city on the Rhone.

Irenaeus continued to spread the Gospel and opposed the gnostic heresy, writing a five-book treatise that is extant.

During a 20-year episcopate, he spoke the language of Gaul instead of his native Greek, and worked hard to identify with his people. Little else is known about his life or death.

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Vatican Letter: No church for old men: Cardinals are grandfathers, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church is not a “gerontocracy” ruled by old men, 80-year-old Pope Francis said; “we aren’t old men, we are grandfathers.”

“We are grandfathers called to dream and to give our dreams to the young people of today. They need it so that from our dreams, they can draw the strength to prophesy and carry out their task,” the pope told about 50 members of the College of Cardinals. Read more »

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Experiencing an intimate connection with God

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Are you a mystic? It is an odd-sounding question, isn’t it?

We contemporary Christians — heirs of an elevated, rarified notion of Christian mysticism — tend to retreat from the whole idea.

Recently, however, Pope Francis struck a different tone in describing mystics. The mystic simply is someone who “experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings,” said his 2015 encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’.” Read more »

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