Category Archives: CNS columns

Column: Moms are the first to say, ‘How can I help?’

Column By Katie Prejean McGrady Catholic News Service Moments after my daughter was born, I began to lose consciousness. As I held my child, the nurses lowered the bed to help me feel less dizzy and bring up my blood … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, May 10, 2020: Relevant history

Probably because of the moment we are going through in society, the detail that jumps out at me in today’s readings is hunger. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 3, 2020: Turn to the Good Shepherd

Our eyes and ears have seen and heard what our minds could not fully understand as the world struggles through days, weeks and months of a pandemic. At one time or another, we have all felt a sense of helplessness, fear of the present and anxiety about the future. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, April 26, 2020: A time of preparation

I write four weeks before you read. Sometimes this makes a difference. Last time I wrote, it was thoughts on Easter. I concluded with a mention of the liturgy, in which we meet the risen Jesus. The day after I sent the meditation to the publisher, social distancing began in earnest, and soon it was clear than none of us was going to be celebrating the liturgy at Easter. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 19, 2020: Faith in challenging times

“I can’t believe this is really happening!” This was the deeply felt sentiment, spoken and unspoken, on the minds and hearts of many as the rapid spread of COVID-19 brought normal daily life to a shuddering halt. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, April 12, 2020: We ate and drank with him

Jesus was put to death on a Friday afternoon, and his disciples placed his body in a nearby tomb. Early Sunday morning, two of his disciples — Simon Peter and a man described as “the other disciple” — were unexpectedly roused by a third, Mary of Magdala, who arrived at their lodgings out of breath from running and delivered an astonishing report. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 5, 2020: Entering Holy Week

On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we enter the holiest of weeks in the church’s liturgical year. This is the high point of the church’s cycle of feasts and fasts during which the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection unfold as the pattern of our life as Christians. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, March 29, 2020: God’s spirit dwells in you

Recently I got into a conversation with a few fellow Catholics about confession. Someone remarked on how hard it is to maintain the sense of restored innocence very long after exiting the confessional. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 22, 2020: The Good Shepherd

Deep beneath the Eternal City of Rome is a vast maze of underground tunnels used by the first Christians who inhabited the ancient city. Known as the catacombs of Rome, these ancient spaces are visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists, even today. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, March 15, 2020: An invitation to drink and eat

A friend of mine liked to quote a saint — I don’t remember which one — who said that food is God’s love made edible. In our first reading, the biblical authors indicate that water is God’s love made drinkable. When the Israelites become dehydrated during their journey through a broiling desert, God pulls them back from the brink of death with a miraculous supply of water. Continue reading

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