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Vocations office hosts young men in ‘Pass the Word’ at St. Mary’s

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Anyone considering vocations devotes prayerful reflection to a life in service to the Lord.

Young people especially can find themselves in various stages of thought to vocations.

That’s where “Pass the Word” in the Diocese of Wilmington helps continue the conversation among peers and mentors alike.

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Abiding in God’s love

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Both the Gospel according to John and the epistle 1 John emphasize God’s love for us and state that if we are to have a relationship with God, we must be people who have and show love for others.

As 1 John 4:7-8 expresses it, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”

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How will I love others this Lent?

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Beth” teaches high school English as a second language, and many of her students are from the city’s large refugee community. When one of her students was frequently absent, which was affecting his progress, she discovered the reason was basic and solvable.

With the harsh Midwestern winter setting in, his family had no winter clothing. Walking to school in sandals and a T-shirt wasn’t cutting it in the cruel north wind. Beth discovered several refugee students faced the same problem. 

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The charity and love at Lent’s heart

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The sound of cymbals can add amazingly to the music of an orchestra or band. But a concert only of cymbals is hard for me to imagine. The loud, crashing sound of cymbals played alone for an hour or more might send an audience scurrying away, covering their ears with their hands.

St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians employed the image of a “clashing cymbal” to devastating effect to help explain that there is no substitute for love in the Christian way of life (13:1-13). Paul wrote, “If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Lenten series: Charity

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Love and charity are accented heavily during the annual season of Lent.

Actors take part in a re-enactment of the Way of the Cross, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, during the Orthodox Holy Week celebrations in Bucharest April 15, 2014. Abiding in God’s love is a Lenten tradition and in John 3:16, Jesus says that God’s love for us is so great that God is willing to make the greatest of sacrifices — allowing his own son to die for the benefit of others. (CNS photo/Bogdan Cristel, Reuters)

My Lenten sacrifices should deepen my commitment to love.
How will you show this love for others this Lent?
 
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Our Lenten Journey, March 4, 2018

March 4th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030418-year-a.cfm

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“When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.”

—Pope Francis

“The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness are contrary to the order of creation. …A given culture reveals its understanding of life through the choices it makes in production and consumption… a great deal of educational and cultural work is urgently needed, including the education of consumers in the responsible use of their power of choice”

— Pope John Paul II

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 4, 2018

March 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Lent 

Cycle B

1) Ex 20:1-17

Psalm 19:8-11

2) 1 Cor 1:22-25

Gospel: Jn 2:13-25

 

The foolishness we need

“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.

If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself?  Read more »

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Who works 100 years? Sisters of Mercy Laverne King and Rosalie Pronsati

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It was not unusual years ago to find people who were in the same line of work for a long time. People worked 30, 40 years at the same place or doing the same job.
Nowadays, it’s not as common.
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A primer on fasting in the church

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fasting is a method that people can use to limit or deny their physical desires for a higher, often spiritual, goal.

Fasting was widely practiced among the ancient Jews, usually before important feast days. It was also practiced by disciples of John the Baptist. Read more »

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This Lent: A different kind of sacrifice

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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If doing the same thing this Lent as in Lents past seems a bit hollow to you, two Catholics’ experiences with doing something different might help bring a fresh perspective to your own Lenten practice.

A few years ago, dissatisfied with the “same old” way of moving through Lent, Gary Jansen decided to blend what he does for a living with a new Lenten practice. An editor and author (“Station to Station and Life Everlasting: Catholic Devotions and Mysteries for the Everyday Seekers”), Jansen started a daily gratitude journal. Read more »

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