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Saint of the Week — St. Patrick

March 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Patrick

Feast Day: March 17

The patron of Ireland, this bishop was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish

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raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland.

He was a lonely shepherd for six years before escaping and returning home.

But his dream of converting the Irish pagans propelled him to priestly studies in Gaul (now France), and about 432 Pope Celestine I consecrated him bishop and sent him to Ireland.

For nearly 30 years he preached tirelessly, made countless converts, founded monasteries and established the primatial see at Armagh.

Toward the end of his life he made a 40-day retreat in Mayo that gave rise to the famous ongoing Croagh Patrick pilgrimages. Stories of him using the shamrock to explain the Trinity and driving snakes from the island are legend.

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Proclaim a fast

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 “Then I proclaimed a fast … that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our possessions. … So we fasted, seeking this from our God, and it was granted” (Ezr 8:21, 23).

Fasting has been a time-honored practice from the early days of Israel. The practice, which Jesus followed as an observant Jew, was picked up by the early Christians and is still practiced by Christians today, mostly during the season of Lent. Read more »

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It’s Friday during Lent. What’s for dinner?

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Few things are constant in our home except the nightly debate over dinner. If one kid likes spaghetti and meatballs, then two don’t. Eggs? Yuck, says the middle one. Tacos, lasagna, rice, beans, baked carrots — even pie — there’s always at least one dissenter in the crowd.

No one is starving at our house. But we do tend to obsess over what we eat. Given that, you’d think that Fridays during Lent would be a meal minefield with our house of five abstaining from meat. Read more »

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Why fasting is a paradox

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fasting is a paradox for Christians. It encompasses seemingly contradictory intentions.

First, fasting appears to possess a negative quality. It asks us to do less of something — to eat less, to reduce the amount of our TV viewing or curtail our spending and the time devoted to shopping, for example. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Fasting

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fasting from something is not an end in itself. Fasting points beyond itself.

Ewan McGregor stars as Jesus in a scene from the 2016 movie "Last Days in the Desert."  Fasting during Lent is a way for Catholics to prepare themselves for an intense period of time, as when Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days as he prepared for his ministry. (CNS photo/Gilles Mingasson, Broad Green Pictures)

Ewan McGregor stars as Jesus in a scene from the 2016 movie “Last Days in the Desert.” Fasting during Lent is a way for Catholics to prepare themselves for an intense period of time, as when Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days as he prepared for his ministry. (CNS photo/Gilles Mingasson, Broad Green Pictures)

 It focuses our attention on the reality of God’s presence here and now.

Lent is filled with prayerful reflection and repentance. But there can be happiness and laughter, too. Fasting in Lent can teach our children about sacrifice, community and tradition.

Stories in the Bible show fasting as a way to atone for sins, remember significant events and prepare for ministry.

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U.S. bishops call for spirit of cooperation in revising health care program

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WASHINGTON — Calling health care “a vital concern for nearly every person in the country,” the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture Readings, March 12, 2017

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Second Sunday of Lent
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 22
2) 2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
The “mountain” where I recently experienced Jesus transfigured was actually a kitchen table.
My women’s faith sharing group meets only once a month and sometimes not even that often. But we’ve committed to stay together because we love each other and have a deep spiritual connection in which Jesus is always present.
Our last gathering began typically, sitting around Nancy’s kitchen table as women do, eating snacks and chatting about the latest happenings in our lives — catching up on each other’s families and situations. Read more »

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Saint of the Week – Frances of Rome

March 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Saint Frances of Rome

Feast Day: March 9

St. Frances of Rome (CNS)

St. Frances of Rome (CNS)

 

This laywoman and foundress, born a Roman aristocrat, married Lorenzo Ponziano when she was 13; they had several children. In 1409, their palazzo was pillaged by Neapolitan soldiers and Lorenzo was exiled for five years, returning home a broken man. He died in 1436. Frances, known for her great charity during epidemics and civil war, organized a ladies society dedicated to self-denial and good works. It became the Oblates of Tor de Specchi, which she directed for her last four years. She is the patron saint of motorists, perhaps because she was guarded for 23 years by an archangel visible only to her. Her last words were: “The angel has finished his work. He is beckoning me to follow.”

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U.S. Catholic, Lutheran bishops mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

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CHICAGO — Catholic and Lutheran bishops gathered in Chicago March 2 for a prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to release a statement on the event. Read more »

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U.S.-Vatican ties won’t change with Trump, U.S. diplomat says

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ROME — Despite opposing views on some issues, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will still look for common ground on global issues, the interim leader of the embassy said. Read more »

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