Category Archives: CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 10, 2017: The Advent blahs

Advent: time to figure out which commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas. Is that the message of today’s readings? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 3, 2017: Come, Lord Jesus: Our Advent prayer

Each Advent, we are given a fresh chance to discover that the deepest longings of our heart are for God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of this deep human desire for God. For this reason, he is considered the prophet of Advent who highlights the hopes of the people of Israel for a messiah. Our deep longing for God is at the heart of our Advent preparations. Continue reading

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Commentary: A plea for our fellow Catholics

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose everything. Home, neighbors, livelihood. … Continue reading

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In light of faith: Blessed Solanus Casey’s witness to my family

Pope Francis has said in the preparatory document for the upcoming synod on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” that we need to see credible witnesses in order to be inspired to be holy. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 26, 2017: Head out on the highway

As always on Sundays, today’s first reading and Gospel reading are coordinated. But they fit together less like a couple of Lego pieces than like the eastbound and westbound lanes of an expressway. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 19, 2017: Wisdom and gratitude at Thanksgiving

We give thanks to God by being faithful stewards of the natural talents and spiritual gifts we receive. This is perhaps what the master in this Sunday’s Gospel meant to convey at the close of the parable when he says, “Come, share your master’s joy” because “you were faithful in small matters.” Continue reading

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In light of faith: Take action against gun violence

I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. By the time another madman decided to shoot up his own campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 students and faculty members, I was halfway through college. Continue reading

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