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Vice President Pence will address March for Life rally in D.C. tomorrow

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

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The White House has confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence will address tomorrow’s March for Life rally.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters Jan. 6 in New York. The White House has confirmed that Pence will address the Jan. 27 March for Life rally in Washington. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters Jan. 6 in New York. The White House has confirmed that Pence will address the Jan. 27 March for Life rally in Washington. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

The rally is scheduled to begin at noon.

As a member of Congress, Pence addressed the March for Life in 2002, 2003 and 2007. Other speakers to address the rally include: New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee; Kellyanne Conway, special adviser to President Donald J. Trump; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Reps. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Chris Smith, R-New Jersey; and Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson.

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Catholics south of U.S. border say wall won’t deter desperate migrants

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MEXICO CITY — Catholics working with the thousands of migrants transiting Mexico in their attempts to reach the United States said a border barricade will fail to dissuade those desperately fleeing countries in Central America with some of the highest homicide rates on earth. Read more »

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Catholic groups oppose Trump actions on border wall, sanctuary communities -updated

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WASHINGTON — Catholic organizations expressed distress and unease with President Donald J. Trump’s actions related to immigration while pledging to continue serving and supporting migrant people.

The reactions came within hours of Trump’s signing of executive memorandums on national security Jan. 25 during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. The memorandums authorized the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and directed John F. Kelly, secretary of homeland security, to look at how federal funding streams can be cut for cities and states that illegally harbor those in the country without legal permission. Read more »

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Commentary — Marching for Life is not enough

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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What a sight! Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.

As I write, I am a just one day away from marching with and viewing that sea of people once again. It’s always a moral and spiritual shot-in-the-arm for me.

But good as they are, the Washington “March for Life” (Jan. 27), the “Walk for Life West Coast” (Jan. 21), the “Midwest March for Life” (Feb. 4) and dozens of similar events at state capitols throughout the U.S., they are not enough. Read more »

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Former employee alleges SNAP took kickbacks from lawyers suing the church

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WASHINGTON — A former director of development for Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has charged in a wrongful termination lawsuit that SNAP is more interested in fundraising and taking kickbacks from lawyers suing the Catholic Church than in helping survivors. Read more »

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Look it up: Taking time to pray

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Because we can neither find nor create time, we must set aside time to accomplish anything of importance. Prayer was clearly important to Jesus because, as the Bible tells us, he frequently took the time to go off by himself to pray.
Throughout the Gospel stories, Jesus is shown taking time for prayer regularly, but also at critical times during his life. For example, following his baptism by John, Jesus went off by himself into the desert to fast and pray to prepare for the temptations he would experience (Mt 4). Read more »

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Too busy for God?

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How does a busy person find time for spiritual growth?

Sometimes, we feel like a perpetual motion machine — kids, sports, jobs, day care, house care, family obligations — the list goes on.

It’s a problem we’ve all faced. We’re exhausted, we’re stressed, we’re overbooked. Our schedules are hectic and, if we’re parents, we’re at the heart of it all, the engineer who makes it all run smoothly. Read more »

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What is ‘holy leisure’?

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The Fathers of the Church often spoke of the concept of “otium sanctum,” or “holy leisure.” In the later works of St. Augustine, he would use this term to refer to the monastic life, in which the monk is free of everyday obligations and can devote his time to study and prayer.

However, it is not only the cloistered who are called to live this “otium sanctum”: all are to live lives of holy leisure. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: A spirituality for busy people

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How does a busy person find time for spiritual growth?

Sometimes, we feel like a perpetual motion machine — kids, sports, jobs, day care, house care, family obligations — the list goes on.

We all recognize the need to set aside time for important things. How much more, then, should this be the case

A family prays after arriving for Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va. Holy leisure is about spending time with family -- quality time, face time, truly giving ourselves over -- and giving our lives to God. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

A family prays after arriving for Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va. Holy leisure is about spending time with family — quality time, face time, truly giving ourselves over — and giving our lives to God. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

with the idea of “holy leisure”?

Holy leisure is not about doing what we want. It is about spending time with family and giving our lives to God. It is about centering our lives around the Sabbath, the Lord’s day.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 29, 2017

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-10
2) 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a
Once a week, I help out at an after-school center in my community. The long-standing program, which provides supervision and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children, is a place of pride for the community because it fills an important need for many struggling families and has become a valuable resource in improving the prospects for their children. Read more »

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