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  • Spiritually speaking, ‘Ordinary Time’ is anything but

    Spiritually speaking, ‘Ordinary Time’ is anything but

    Ordinary Time exemplifies the old Jesuit motto: Age quod agis, “Do what you’re doing.” Namely, we are told, don’t worry about tomorrow, or yesterday. Don’t worry about this afternoon or this morning. It stresses God as the Eternal Now, humbling us with the lesson that we are most with God when we are in the present moment.

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  • Corpus Christi is a hopeful, joy-filled celebration

    Corpus Christi is a hopeful, joy-filled celebration

    The communion we are called to have with God and with each other is a powerful reality that can help us crown any joy and persevere through any suffering or tribulation. The knowledge of God’s presence with us and the active help of his grace, and the awareness of our communion with one another, can heal a hurting soul, mend a broken heart, reconcile relationships, invigorate hope, grant glimpses into eternity, and bring peace to any situation that wants it.

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  • Homilists may cringe, but the Feast of the Holy Trinity matters

    Homilists may cringe, but the Feast of the Holy Trinity matters

    Many people today are overwhelmed with life’s struggles and sufferings and aren’t encouraged by the necessary-but-unhelpful historical formulations of the Trinitarian mystery. On this Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the Divine Family can be preached and taught and believers can see anew the intimacy, approachability, and love that God has for each of us.

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  • Pentecost, its teachings and context, can still inspire believers today

    Pentecost, its teachings and context, can still inspire believers today

    Pentecost is an invitation to the believer to “fan into flame” the gifts she has received. And in seeking to be revitalized in the life of the Spirit, believers will find the fruits of such a life seeking to be nurtured within them. It can also be an encouraging signpost, as the person of good will can choose to let Pentecost be an affirmation to her own benevolence and an inspiration to kindness.

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  • Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek for “the fiftieth day.” Therefore, in the church calendar it comes fifty days after Easter (including Easter Sunday itself). This celebration links back to the Jewish festival of Shavuot or the Festival of Weeks, which falls fifty days after Passover. This was kept as a commemoration of Moses receiving the Divine Law on Sinai. The Christians understood that as the law came down from heaven to Moses for the people of God, so the Holy Spirit came down on the church. The age of the Mosaic Law was therefore fulfilled and completed by the new age of Spirit and Grace.

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  • Ministers lend an ear to those dealing with hardships

    Ministers lend an ear to those dealing with hardships

    Anne Donahue is one of an estimated 40 Stephen ministers at Sacred Heart, which is one of 130 congregations in the state that have adopted the Christian support program. For the last three years, Donahue and others have been paired up with people who long for another person to talk to. Many of these care receivers have lost a spouse or a child, have endured a divorce or are suffering from a debilitating illness. Stephen ministers meet, typically weekly, with the care receivers and listen to their concerns.

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