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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 23, 2018: Imitate Jesus in times of pain and confusion

Every saint faces times of trial and persecution, from within or from outside the church. Countless saints ended their lives with a crown of martyrdom, often at the hands of cruel, vicious persecutors.

      And some saints who founded religious orders were eventually rejected by their own communities, enduring envy, false accusations and isolation among the very people they gathered together and served. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Sex abuse and the synod on young people

With less than one month to go before the opening of the synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment,” it is now clear that whatever was on the agenda has been rendered null and void in light of the global crisis in which the church is now enmeshed — a crisis that includes new revelations about the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the promotion of predatory priests, the abuse of power within seminaries and infidelity to priestly vows that was known but not disciplined. Continue reading

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Commentary: 3,000-plus Hispanic Catholic leaders to meet, what to expect

The time is here. On Sept. 20-23, 2018, more than 3,000 Hispanic Catholic leaders and others from nearly every diocese in the country will meet in Dallas for the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) main meeting. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 16, 2018: Angry at God

About a week after my wife Mary died of breast cancer, I took her wedding dress out of the closet where she had kept it and laid it on the bed and looked at it. Rage welled up in me. I stormed at God. “How could you ever have let this happen? How could you do this to me?” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 9, 2018: Overcoming fear with faith

The deaf man in today’s Gospel must have known fear. For his speech impediment ensured that he was alone and helpless.

      He would have known the pain of isolation on the level of his physical senses of hearing and speaking, and on the social level of not being able to participate fully in the life of his family and community. His physical condition would have led him to fear deeply for his own future and the well-being of his family. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Vocation equals accompaniment

The approaching synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” next month in Rome is of huge importance to the church. If you had told me the role I would be playing in this task a year ago, I would not have believed you.

      In December 2017, I was notified that I would be selected to be one of three U.S. delegates for the March presynod gathering in Rome. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 2, 2018: Mysterious

As we listen to the Scripture readings at Mass today, the most difficult patch, I think, may be this portion of the second reading:

      “All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures” (Jas 1:17-18). Continue reading

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