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Flourish in the Unexpected

In a few weeks’ time, our world has turned upside down. That’s the thing about crises — they come unannounced and settle right over the plans and dreams we’d scrawled into planners and calendars.  Stores have sold out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer and our best plans have cancelled like bad Christmas tree lights – conferences, speaking engagements, church services, ballet lessons, senior ...

This Sunday, live the Passion in your life…

By Tom Hoopes, April 2, 2020 On Passion Sunday, Year A, we get a miniature version of the whole of Holy Week, hearing about the Last Supper, death and crucifixion of Our Lord. We also get a miniature guide to the Christian life. After all Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” First, the Passion shows the logic of sin. ...

Priest carries Blessed Sacrament on rooftop of his Paris church…

This is so incredible! 😱 Pastor Msgr. Bruno Lefèvre-Pontalis of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church blessed Paris with the Blessed Sacrament on his church‘s rooftop in France. This social media user posted the beautiful photos on Twitter. Many priests across the world have given special Eucharistic blessings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the first post below: @AdhucTecumSu...

Do not put the Lord to the test: Lessons for the coronavirus pandemic…

By Allison Tobola Low, MD, MA Imagine being in a desert for forty days by yourself. There is no easy access to the comforts of life. You quickly become hungry and thirsty. With no sign of civilization, the loneliness can weigh you down. And the desert is dangerous. Life is unpredictable, and one does not have full control of every situation. Within a few days, there can be a temptation to despair....

As Pittsburgh’s steel mills have closed, so its people have drifted away from the Church…

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The Catholic Church has a chance to help Africa during its pandemic ‘before’…

ROME – As Italy appears to have flattened the curve of its coronavirus pandemic, talk is already in the air about what comes next. Italian papers are full of speculation about a staggered return to normality, as well as who might gain or lose politically once the “forced armistice” of a national quarantine dissolves. More than once in recent days, Pope Francis has made reference to the “dopo” of t...

Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica: ‘Let us stand before the crucifix in our homes’…

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis offered Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica and urged Catholics quarantined at home to remember “what really matters” in life: loving God and serving others. “The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to red...

God has a great purpose for this time in the Church and the world. Be certain that He has been preparing you, and He wants to use you…..

Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country residence, provides both a glimpse inside Churchill’s private life – and into the great man’s mind.  In his study, you expect to find books, newspapers, tumblers, ashtrays, and sterling silver framed photographs – and you do.  You also see a map of the European theater of war, spanning an entire wall of the room.  Churchill was busy mapping out...

How to make a DIY face shield out of a 2-liter bottle of pop…

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Beauty and the Beast: The second-funnest coronavirus video you’ll see all week…

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UPPERROOM – Rest On Us

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Palm Sunday: See what the end shall be…

The Passion, which we read in the liturgy for Palm Sunday, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here. It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”) are unambiguously wicked and display their sin...