Catholic News & Perspective

September 2019

Sep 30

Hopeful stories of reverence before the Real Presence

By: Ava Lalor If we truly believed in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, how would we change? I’ve been pondering this question over the last couple months after the Pew Research Center released its poll about the lack of belief in the True Presence. Having grown up as a cradle Catholic with a firm foundation — including...
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Sep 30

Hopeful stories of reverence before the Real Presence

By: Ava Lalor If we truly believed in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, how would we change? I’ve been pondering this question over the last couple months after the Pew Research Center released its poll about the lack of belief in the True Presence. Having grown up as a cradle Catholic with a firm foundation — including...
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Sep 27

Opening the Word: Complacency is the road to hell

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We don’t know a good deal about the rich man. We don’t know his name. We don’t know his occupation. We only know that he is rich, he had sumptuous banquets and never noticed Lazarus outside his door longing for food. We don’t know much about Lazarus, either. He is poor, suffering from a skin...
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Sep 25

Have we become anti-child?

By: Patti Maguire Armstrong God had a childhood. On the way to salvation, Jesus, the Son of God, passed through childhood under the loving care of Mary and Joseph. He was born into a culture where being fruitful and multiplying was seen as a blessing. It still is a blessing today, seen clearly by some but distorted and rejected by others....
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Sep 23

Why is Catholicism so vibrant in Africa?

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I feel safe in making this statement. Not many American Catholics will be utterly fascinated by Pope Francis’ recent visit to three African nations: the islands of Mauritius and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and Mozambique in East Africa. Nevertheless, the pope’s journey to the region, his interest in the...
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Sep 20

Opening the Word: Who do you serve?

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We like harmony. We like happy endings with crystal clear plots. This happens, then this, and finally that. Over the last several weeks, the Lectionary has not given us this harmony. We have been faced with the strangeness of dispossession, of losing everything to follow Jesus Christ. The Scriptures continue with this...
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Sep 18

Could a proper implementation of synodality help save the Church?

By: Adam A.J. DeVille Recently, doctors have puzzled over cases of certain Catholics breaking out in hives whenever the words “synod” and “synodality” are mentioned. At the same time, doctors have seen virtually every Catholic in the world made violently ill by the epidemic of sexual abuse. What if one of the cures for...
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Sep 16

Why is Catholicism vibrant in Africa but not in the U.S.?

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I feel safe in making this statement. Not many American Catholics will be utterly fascinated by Pope Francis’ recent visit to three African nations: the islands of Mauritius and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and Mozambique in East Africa. Nevertheless, the pope’s journey to the region, his interest in the...
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Sep 13

Opening the Word: We’re called to seek with the urgency of God

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Imagine that you’re on a trip abroad. You arrive at the airport and reach into your bag for your passport, knowing that you’ll need it to arrive home. It’s not there. You look in another pocket; also not there. You panic, looking through every pocket of your bag. Finally, you remember that you put your...
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