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Living Sundays

Michael Leach, November 15, 2016 | National Catholic Reporter

Sunday…

Sometimes I say the Our Father when I wake up. My favorite line: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I know God’s will for us is better than anything I could think of myself. I also know that my consciousness (heaven) has everything to do with how I will experience life (earth). We don’t go to church on Sunday because it is more than a chore. On Tuesdays, one of the priests says Mass at 11:30 a.m. at River House, the adult day care center Vickie goes to during the week. I’d like to say I “pray always” as Jesus instructed, by being awake and aware of my thoughts and more interested in the things of God than anything else, but this boy’s got a way to go.

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Wanted: SAINTS

Tony Magliano, November 7, 2016 |  National Catholic Reporter

Most likely, you are reading this shortly before, or shortly after the U.S. presidential election.

America’s next leader will have the means at hand to do tremendous good or tremendous harm. The new president-elect of the United States will have many opportunities to purposefully move forward policies and legislation that can make not only the U.S., but the world a far better place. Or the next president can dangerously choose to greatly exacerbate the many serious problems facing humanity.

Our prayers and political activism will be needed to persuade the fledgling president to reject all that is deadly, and instead choose the way of goodness, the way of life, the way of God (see Deuteronomy 30: 15-18).

But we should not place all of our marbles in the one basket of the U.S. president.

No single human being alone — president, prime minister or pope — can build a world where justice, peace and love reign. Such a vision realized needs all of us, and not just a mediocre version of ourselves, but rather the best version of ourselves.

The world needs saints!

Our hurting world needs Christians who are committed to being the very body of Christ on earth — saints.

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HAPPY SAINTS

Elise Harris, November 1, 2016 | Catholic News Agency

The saints of the Church have many different qualities, but one thing that unites them all is a sense of joy, Pope Francis said in his All Saints Day Mass in Sweden.

“If there is one thing typical of the saints, it is that they are genuinely happy,” the Pope said in his homily Nov. 1, All Saints Day.

The saints, he said, “found the secret of authentic happiness, which lies deep within the soul and has its source in the love of God. That is why we call the saints blessed.”

He then pointed to the Beatitudes, explaining that they are both the path saints take as well as their final goal: “the Beatitudes are the way of life that the Lord teaches us, so that we can follow in his footsteps.” (more…)

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Castel Gandolfo Opens to Public as Museum

Josphine McKenna, October 25, 2016 | National Catholic Reporter

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY
He rejected his sumptuous Vatican apartment and chose a Ford Focus to get around town. Now Pope Francis is giving up the historic summer residence where pontiffs have holidayed for nearly 400 years.Without ever having spent a night there, the pope ordered the apostolic palace and gardens at Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles from Rome, be turned into a museum.

It officially opened on Oct. 21, giving the public an intimate look inside the palace where a succession of popes lived and died.

“It is an event of strong symbolic value because it represents the pastoral policy of this pope,” said Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, which will be responsible for running the Castel Gandolfo museum.

“His suburban villa is such a masterpiece of architecture, art and nature that so many of his predecessors lived here,” Paolucci said.

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PEACE IN A VIOLENT WORLD

Life as a Sister – Social Justice

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Tom Roberts, September 19, 2016  |  National Catholic Reporter

Peace.

Mention of it is everywhere one turns in the Catholic universe: It is invoked, prayed for, yearned for, counseled and envisioned as a condition of the reign of God. Our Scriptures are filled with references to it, we wish it to each other during our most sacred liturgical moment and we end that moment with an instruction to go in peace to serve.

It is a single term that, like love, is stretched to cover all human possibilities from the most intimate stirrings of the individual heart, to the world itself, to relations among nations armed with enough destructive power to obliterate that world many times over.

Like love, it is not meant to be a passive bystander, accepting what comes along or defined exclusively by moments of bliss. Jesus offered it as something other than that ordinarily known in the world and he used a term translated as “peacemaker,” giving it a special place and blessing and clearly expecting his followers to do something about it.

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Making a Difference

How Can You Use Your Gifts and Talents: Life as a Sister

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Carol Glatz, October 12, 2016 | Catholic News Service

All it takes is just one person carrying out one simple, loving act of mercy every day to start a revolution and stamp out the “virus of indifference,” Pope Francis said.

Sharing God’s mercy is not about expending a huge amount of effort or performing “superhuman” acts, he said during his general audience Oct. 12 in St. Peter’s Square.

Jesus showed with his words and deeds that it’s much simpler than that: It’s about making “small gestures that in his eyes, however, hold great value, so much so that he told us we will be judged upon these” actions, the pope said.

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LACK OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Read how Sisters of Bon Secours work toward Justice: http://lifeasasister.org/topics/social-justice/

 

By Mary Ann McGivern, October 4, 2016 | National Catholic Reporter

In the largest sense, I don’t know why criminal justice reform doesn’t happen — reform of our sentencing laws, bail bond system, parole board operations, use of solitary confinement. I could go on. There’s more injustice in our prisons and jails and legislators acknowledge that it exists. Our jails and prisons are expensive to operate and when reform bills are discussed in legislative committees and on federal and state legislative floors, everybody agrees systemic injustice is rampant.

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Award Winning “Catholics in Media”

Sisters of Bon Secours “Meet a Sister” video series located here: http://lifeasasister.org/meet-a-sister/

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Kristen Whitney Daniels, September 24, 2016   |   National Catholic Reporter

“Ben-Hur,” “Ray Donovan,” “Story of God,” and Bishop Robert Barron will receive awards at the Catholics in Media Associates 23rd annual awards event Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.

According to a press release from CIMA, the “awardees were chosen for their ability to tell stories that transcend daily life in compelling ways and to communicate the true, the good and the beautiful.” CIMA will also recognize the 50th anniversary of the Catholic church’s World Day of Communication.

Catholics in Media Associates is a nonprofit organization that was “formed by working professionals in the entertainment industry whose initial purpose was to share personal concerns of faith and spirituality as it is experienced in the workplace,” according to its website. The awards were created to recognize those “who, by their work, have made clearer the Word of God.”

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING – CLOSER THAN YOU MAY THINK

The Sisters of Bon Secours work compassionately and tirelessly in ministries of social justice, including human trafficking.  You can read more here: http://lifeasasister.org/topics/social-justice/

Dan Stockman, September 19, 2016 | Global Sisters Report

Right now, while you’re reading this, someone is being enslaved.

Right now, someone is working against their will with no hope of escape.

Right now, people are being moved across borders so they can be used as slaves.

Not 200 years ago. Not far away. Not some other race or ethnicity.

Right now, nearly 46 million people are living in slavery. They are all around the world — including in the United States. Slaves may have picked or processed the fruit you eat. Slaves might have caught, peeled or cleaned the shrimp on your plate. The girl on the bus with the haunted eyes may be a sex slave, forced into prostitution.

Today, it’s called human trafficking, and while there may not always be telltale chains and lashes, it is no less slavery, and it is no less real.

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CHANGING THE STEREOTYPE

Come & See vocation weekend

Dan Stockman, September 5, 2016 | Global Sisters Report

A significant majority of U.S. Americans believe Catholic women religious are trustworthy and that their work is important, but many also believe most wear habits, live in seclusion and that their work has little or no impact on non-Catholics, a new study shows.

To change those perceptions, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is launching the Sister To All campaign nationwide today to increase visibility and understanding of the work of Catholic sisters in the United States.

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