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Living Our Faith: Art as an aid to worship

May 12th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How might we discover or re-discover the beauty of faith expressed in art?

A woman prays in front of an image of Mary March 1 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Appreciating artistic beauty leads to an experience of contemplation as "a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus." (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

A woman prays in front of an image of Mary March 1 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Appreciating artistic beauty leads to an experience of contemplation as “a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus.” (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Art can serve as an aid to worship and prayer.

An artist’s work has the potential to reflect God’s creative work.

Beauty draws worshippers closer to God and to one another.

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Renovations and restorations at OYYA

May 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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For The Dialog

Thompson’s first year directing the diocese’s youth ministry includes listening and building on the good

 

Brides traditionally seek “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” to wear when they walk to the altar.

Kyle Thompson is following a similar strategy — using the old, the new and the borrowed — in his first year at Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, which he directs. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Our Lady of Fatima

May 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Our Lady of Fatima
Feast Day: May 13

Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for

Our Lady of Fatima (CNS)

Our Lady of Fatima (CNS)

world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia. She entrusted the children with three secrets, regarding devotion to her Immaculate Heart, a vision of hell, and a “bishop in white” shot by soldiers firing bullets and arrows.

Many connect the third secret to the attempted assassination of Blessed Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, and the pope thanked Mary for guiding the bullet and saving him. At the Vatican last October 13, Pope Francis stood before the statue of Our Lady from the Fatima shrine and formally entrusted the world to Mary.

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Heroic mothers in the Bible

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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On Mother’s Day, we think lovingly about the women who mother us, either physically or spiritually, and we’re compelled to honor them for who they are and all that they’ve done for us.

 There are other mothers, however, who deserve honor as well. These are the mothers of the Bible who, through their motherhood, have contributed to the founding and building of the church. The Bible contains accounts of heroic women whose virtuous actions paved the way for the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation.

While the Virgin Mary is the best-known mother in the Bible, this Mother’s Day it’s worth noting four other women, especially considering how their motherhood impacted the people of God. Read more »

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Motherhood, a labor of love

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Few women are prepared for the life-changing experience that motherhood brings. Sure, they may discover new curves in old places after having a baby or even develop a keen knack for multitasking during the toddler years, but these physical changes pale in comparison to the internal ones.

 For it is the living, breathing — and occasionally terrifying — act of raising children that causes the most profound changes. It is in these transformative moments that women become mothers, a vocation unlike any other. Read more »

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Motherhood: A vocation that grows and changes

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In 1916, Padraig Pearse was executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter uprising.

Pearse was more of a scholar and a poet than he was a warrior. But like many in the fledging rebellion against the British, he had a romantic view of Irish martyrdom.

One of his best-loved poems was about his mother, and as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the words that he attributes to her about his own approaching death might touch every mother’s heart: “Lord, thou art hard on mothers: / We suffer in their coming and their going.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Mother’s Day

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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A woman looks at a painting during a Dec. 3 press preview tour of the 2014 "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea" exhibit featured at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The Bible contains accounts of heroic mothers whose virtuous actions paved the way for the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

A woman looks at a painting during a Dec. 3 press preview tour of the 2014 “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea” exhibit featured at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The Bible contains accounts of heroic mothers whose virtuous actions paved the way for the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Motherhood extends and enlarges the love that is revealed in the vocation of marriage.

Our vocation as we grow older is to pray, to be supportive, to rejoice in our children and grandchildren, to credit ourselves for success and forgive ourselves for expectations never met.

Mothers depicted in biblical accounts show the heroic virtue required to meet the challenges of motherhood.

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Analysis of encounters in Egypt: Trip highlights one of pope’s key teachings

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VATICAN CITY — Encounter. It’s a word Pope Francis uses often and something he insists is the concrete first step toward faith and toward building a better world.

Talking with others and not just about them is key to an authentic encounter, which was at the heart of what Pope Francis did in Egypt April 28-29. The success of the trip proved that meeting and respectfully listening to one person or group does not mean hiding one’s identity, taking sides against anyone or, least of all, pointing out the other’s flaws while pretending to have none of one’s own. Read more »

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To evangelize, don’t ‘go and proselytize,’ ‘go and listen,’ pope says

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VATICAN CITY — The best formula for Catholic evangelization is “go and listen,” not “go and proselytize,” Pope Francis said.

“All men and women have a restlessness, whether good or bad, in their hearts. Listen to that restlessness,” the pope said May 4 during his early morning Mass. Read more »

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Blue Mass on May 5 postponed

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The annual Blue Mass, set for Friday, May 5, has been postponed, the Diocese of Wilmington announced today. A new date has not been determined yet.

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The postponement of the Mass at St. John the Beloved Church honoring police, firefighters and emergency workers was requested by the Wilmington Police Department on behalf of the area’s law enforcement communities, so more first responders will have the opportunity to attend the May 5 memorial service for Delaware State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty April 26.

In addition to Corporal Ballard, Blue Mass organizers this year have planned to honor fallen Wilmington firefighters Captain Christopher Leach and Lieutenants Jerry Fickes and Ardythe Hope; Lewes firefighter Timothy McClanahan; Delaware Correctional Officer, Sergeant Steven Floyd; Dover Police Department’s Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts; and Ocean City firefighter and paramedic, Howard Allen Schweitzer.

 

 

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