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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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Saint of the Week: St. Paula Frassinetti

June 8th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Paula Frassinetti

Feast Day: June 11

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St. Paula Frassinetti (CNS)

Paula was born in the politically turbulent early 19th century in Genoa, Italy. With her priest- brother, she taught the poor children of the parish of Quinto. When other women joined them, Paula founded the Congregation of St. Dorothy. Despite many obstacles and few resources, the new teaching institute eventually prospered as Paula’s deep prayer life and wisdom became widely known. The congregation spread to other Italian cities, Portugal and Brazil. Pope John Paul II declared Paula a saint in 1984.

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Amid climate worries are ‘human ecology’ issues, such as 58,000 homeless in L.A., archbishop says

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LOS ANGELES — As reaction swirled around President Donald Trump’s June 1 decision to withdraw the country from the Paris climate accord, Los Angeles received a report on “the dramatic increase in the numbers of our brothers and sisters who are homeless,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Read more »

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Ret. Philadelphia bishop recalls World War II Army service, finding a vocation in Rome

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PHILADELPHIA — It is no accident that each year many films shown on television between Memorial Day and the June 6 anniversary of D-Day center on World War II.

After all, with more than 16 million men and women under arms, it was easily the largest and deadliest war ever fought by the United States. Read more »

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Jesus, model and man of work

June 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Work is an essential dimension of human existence. From our waking moments to the rest we enjoy at the day’s end, work occupies daily life. So, what does the Bible say about work?

In Genesis, the meaning of human work emerges within God’s original creative activity as “God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gn 1:28). Read more »

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Work is a means of sanctification, say Opus Dei members

June 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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As an audio coordinator for “Sesame Street,” Katie Robinson knew she had a job others might envy.

She liked her work, enjoyed the people she worked with and, as a bonus, she could say she knew Big Bird personally (She does, actually).

But she wanted her work to mean something more, so, in 2014, she became a supernumerary member of Opus Dei, (www.opusdei.org) the personal prelature founded in Spain in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva, who was canonized in 2002 as “the saint of ordinary life.” The group has more than 90,000 members worldwide — slightly more women than men — and about 3,000 in the United States. Read more »

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A spirituality of work

June 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Spirituality of work” is a phrase that sometimes elicits a bemused reaction. After all, putting together words with such divergent meanings might seem nonsensical, unless we take a closer look:

“Work” — an activity, mental or physical, paid or unpaid, and done in any number of locales, including a formal workplace or at home.

“Spirituality” — in a Christian sense refers to our relationship with God and the ways that we seek to deepen that connection. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Spirituality of work

June 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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A Palestinian carpenter carves a wooden figurine of Jesus Dec. 11, 2009, at a workshop next to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Jesus' work as a carpenter showed that work is meant to sanctify daily life, bringing God's presence into the activities and moments of each day. (CNS photo/Abed Al Hashlamoun, EPA)

A Palestinian carpenter carves a wooden figurine of Jesus Dec. 11, 2009, at a workshop next to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Jesus’ work as a carpenter showed that work is meant to sanctify daily life, bringing God’s presence into the activities and moments of each day. (CNS photo/Abed Al Hashlamoun, EPA)

Work presents us with an opportunity to grow in our relationship with God.

It becomes a sacred endeavor when exercised with love, integrity and gratitude, benefiting self, family, co-workers and society.

 Work sanctifies — makes holy — us and those around us.

Through the mystery of his incarnation, death and resurrection, Jesus gives redemptive meaning to work.

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Sals grab early lead, win third straight lacrosse title and ninth overall

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DOVER – Second-seeded Salesianum’s lacrosse team won its third straight title with a 13-5 win over fourth-seeded Cape Henlopen on June 3 at Dover High School. The Sals got a goal by Patrick Drake 15 seconds in and never trailed in winning their sixth title in the last seven years and ninth overall. Read more »

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