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Prayer, faith and good health: They absolutely go together

February 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy — physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years.

In fact, Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health reported in 2015 that an analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies “indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” according to Dr. Harold G. Koenig, center director and among the country’s leading authorities on faith and healing. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Prayer and Physical Health

February 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy — physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years.

Ernesto Vega listens during a Nov. 10, 2016, prayer service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health reported in 2015 that an analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)

A man listens during a prayer service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles in 2016. Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health reported in 2015 that an analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)

Research shows a positive correlation between spirituality and health like lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Prayer can also enable patients to accept a diagnosis, reduce stress and focus energy toward healing.

The founder of a Christian fitness program says prayer and exercise work well together to help people develop strength of mind, body and soul.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 12, 2017

February 8th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Sirach 15:15-20

            Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34

            2) 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

            Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

 

Most people would agree that living an ethical life boils down to our personal choices between “good” and “evil.” Others might use different criteria, such as useful or not useful, pleasurable or not pleasurable, etc. Whatever our standards, we value the freedom to identify our own paths as one of the most treasured aspects of being human, and we resist someone else’s telling us what to do. Read more »

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Vatican’s U.N. nuncio urges action on poverty beyond economics

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UNITED NATIONS — Saying poverty is the greatest challenge facing humanity, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations called on nations to seek solutions to poverty not only based on economics but to also address personal, social and environmental factors that contribute to it.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that the world must also end conflicts and violence, which are major contributors to poverty. He made the comments during a presentation Feb. 6 to a meeting of the U.N. Commission for Social Development. Read more »

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Look it up: Scriptural resources for marriage

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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While the Bible is filled with stories of great loves and devoted marriages such as those of Abraham and Sarah and of Jacob and Rachel, it offers relatively few verses that speak directly to the relationship between husband and wife.

But there are numerous verses in the Bible that describe the attitudes and behavior that are necessary for a healthy and holy life within the community. These same attitudes and behaviors are important within a married relationship as well. Read more »

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Going to Mass strengthens our marriage

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Sunday Mass is supposed to be a time of peace and reflection, an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and celebrate Jesus through the gift of the Eucharist.

And, of course, it can be all that. But if you are parents of small children, church can feel more like a game of liturgical hot potato, where you take turns tossing off a squirming child and trying not to be the one left holding the diaper blowout at the sign of peace. Read more »

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How a marriage strengthens and grows

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Marriage is like a crucible. At least Pope Francis appears to think so.

But how is marriage anything like a crucible in which, for example, metal is melted in order to be remolded into a new shape? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Healthier, stronger marriages

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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It is nearly impossible to define married love in a precise way, since each couple and family is unique. But there are

James Willis kisses his wife, Diana Kontonotas, following their 2009 wedding at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead, N.Y. While the Bible is filled with stories of great loves and devoted marriages such as those of Abraham and Sarah and of Jacob and Rachel, it offers relatively few verses that speak directly to the relationship between husband and wife. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

James Willis kisses his wife, Diana Kontonotas, following their 2009 wedding at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead, N.Y. While the Bible is filled with stories of great loves and devoted marriages such as those of Abraham and Sarah and of Jacob and Rachel, it offers relatively few verses that speak directly to the relationship between husband and wife. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

important steps and actions that strengthen a couple’s love.

Tenderness is a necessary virtue in marriage and family life. Married couples also “speak well of each other,” and they “develop the habit of giving real importance to the other person,” says Pope Francis.

Sitting together during Mass is a weekly reminder that a couple’s life is directed by God. Each Mass is like a couple’s wedding day, when they spoke their vows and shared the Eucharist for the first time as husband and wife.

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Knights of Malta update: Chancellor reinstated after grand master’s resignation

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ROME — The newly reinstated grand chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said the crisis that led to the resignation of the order’s grand master will remain a footnote in history that pales in comparison to the suffering of refugees and the poor. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 5, 2017

February 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) Isaiah 58:7-10

Psalm 112:4-9

2) 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

 

When Jesus tells his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth,” his metaphor may have evoked bad memories and feelings of horror. At the least, it may have seemed a puzzling statement.

Under Roman domination, Jewish peasant farmers had to pay several annual taxes. Most burdensome were the Temple tax of half a shekel to Jerusalem authorities and property tax to local magistrates levied at a sizable percent of their agricultural produce. If they refused or were delinquent, Roman soldiers would cruelly salt their fields to destroy their livelihood. The threat was terrifying. Read more »

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