Category Archives: CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 12, 2018: Food for eternal life

From time to time we read or hear amazing wilderness survival stories. People who find themselves lost in the wilderness are forced to survive without food and water, sometimes for days or weeks, before they are rescued. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Three traits young people crave from the church

This fall, bishops from every corner of the globe will gather in Rome to discuss the church’s ministry to youth and young adults. Pope Francis has called on the leadership of the church not simply to talk about young people but to listen directly to them. From my own ministerial experience, I would highlight three traits that young people desperately crave from the church. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 5, 2018: A question for reflection

Some years ago, I began to lead pilgrimage groups in the Holy Land. I noticed that the local guides urge pilgrims to carry a bottle of water and constantly remind them to drink. Now, it’s a hot land, so of course there’s a danger of getting dehydrated.

      But at first, I was puzzled. Why the reminders? Don’t we naturally feel thirsty when we need to hydrate? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 29, 2018: Food for the journey

Did you know that the basic order of the Mass, as it is celebrated today, can be traced all the way back to the second century? As early as the year 155, Christians would gather to celebrate the Eucharist. Continue reading

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In light of faith: ‘Change is painful’

Speaking at a recent ordination of new priests in Ireland, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said changes in the today’s culture must lead to changes in the church — particularly as it pertains to young people.

      “Change is painful. There is however no alternative,” he said. “Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts for what the teaching of Jesus involves.” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 22, 2018: A royal mess

In today’s first reading, Jeremiah promises that God will send a new king, a new “shepherd,” to his people. In the Gospel, Mark signals the fulfillment of this promise by telling us that the people around Jesus were like “sheep without a shepherd.” By acting as their shepherd, Jesus showed he is the promised king. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 15, 2018: Freedom to serve

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most well-known and beloved saints of the church. Today, a familiar aspect of his saintly life was his love for creation that reveals the beauty and power of God. His Canticle of the Creatures is a moving, poetic hymn of praise to God through all of creation — the sun, the moon, stars, wind, air, water, fire, flowers and fruit. Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’,” On Care of Our Common Home, begins with the words of St. Francis’ canticle of praise to God for creation. Continue reading

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