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Sunday, December 04, 2016
Movie Reviews - 'Allied', 'Moana', 'Bad Santa 2', 'Rules Don't Apply'
Like time travelers from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio films, the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in "Allied" (Paramount) don't allow a little event like World War II to muss their elegant coifs.
Annual White Mass honors the gifts persons with special needs bring to the Church
Honoring and recognizing the gifts of those whom Pope Francis calls “the masterpieces of God’s creation” – persons with special needs – hundreds of archdiocesan faithful gathered for the seventh annual White Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Nov. 20.
Five ways to plan a great send-off (especially your own!)
Death and taxes! These two things no one can avoid. Even though we know this, we are often not ready for either one. It’s November, the month where we pray for the faithful departed, and not April, the month where sometimes we feel like the IRS may be trying to do us in, so let’s talk turkey about funerals.
For expectant parents, miscarriage can be 'loss of a dream'
Immaculate Conception parishioners Kayla and Matt Boesch had planned to welcome their first baby this fall. Instead, they will be visiting the cemetery plot where they buried their baby's remains last spring.
Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20.
Priests and parishes in archdiocese work to support victims of domestic violence
Every minute, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
This equates to more than 10 million people every year.
Faith in Action
Every October for the last 44 years, we here in the United States have observed Respect Life Month. It is a reminder of the value and dignity of every human life. Life comes from God and has been redeemed by Jesus, and we are called to protect it in every stage and circumstance.
U.S. bishops carefully unpacking, teaching 'Amoris Laetitia,' report says
Leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church have been proceeding carefully in their efforts to understand and implement the pope's exhortation on marriage and family, according to a report issued Sept. 27.
Insight: A False and Dangerous Compassion
Our Catholic faith teaches us that assisted suicide gravely violates the sacred value of all human life, particularly the lives of those who are vulnerable due to age, illness, or disability. It also undermines the medical profession's healing mission.
New TV programs tackle matters of life, faith and evil
As broadcast television launches its new season this month, viewers will encounter three new shows that tackle, directly or indirectly, matters of life, faith and the battle of good versus evil. Based on the first episodes available to preview, two of the programs show promise.
Do You Have a Call within a Call?
I’m excited! Really excited! I was blessed to travel to Rome for the
canonization of Mother Teresa
, one of the most beloved saints of our time. Her call from the Lord to leave teaching to take care of the poor has inspired me from the time I first heard it. God spoke to her heart and she listened, responding with great faith to what she said was her “call within a call.”
Five things to pack for college
Although all of must learn our own lessons in life, from the vantage point of experience, here are five things I pray they take with them to college.
Five things a heat wave teaches us
Ella Fitzgerald has been singing in my head all weekend. “We’re having a heat wave –a tropical heat wave. The temperature’s rising, It isn’t surprising….” Meteorologists say there is a dome of high pressure over the United States, making us feel like we are in a pressure cooker.
Feeling the heat, but having reason for hope
‘Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” Mark Twain famously said. With the intense heat of the past week, I suspect more than a few of us wished we could do something about it as going outside for even a moment has been uncomfortable.
Five (plus two) more ways to have a heart (like unto His)
I know that five plus two is actually seven, but I am stuck on the "list of five" theme, and I can’t break a streak. In a recent issue of the
, I listed the first five of Jesus’s 12 promises given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to those who honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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