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Religion is based on sacrifice. The problem that religion faces is that even the greatest sacrifice offered by a finite person cannot hope to bring one into the presence of the infinite God.
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Last week at my parish, during the prayers of intercession, we asked God to minimize Hurricane Sandy's damage. We remembered the people of the Caribbean where 66 people were killed, and turned our thoughts towards those expected to bear the brunt of Sandy's continuing anger.
My last column in the WCR appeared Sept. 24 just prior to surgery I had for cancer. I want to express gratitude for the many kind words and prayers people extended to me. I am happy to report the surgery went well and I am on the mend.
Anger management vital for clergy and religiousAnger awareness and management are vital for priests and members of religious orders because they are called to be people of dialogue, fraternity, service, peace and justice, and to treat others with charity, said an influential Jesuit magazine.
When Jose Venero Villafuerte was five years old, his mother took him to see the statue of Our Lord of the Earthquakes for the first time.
The sacrament of Matrimony makes Catholic spouses and their families public signs of God’s love and thus missionaries, said the head of the Knights of Columbus.
New U.S. rules regarding the use of so-called conflict minerals in cellphones and laptop computers protect innocent people in Congo from displacement and serious harm and must remain in place, said advocates from two prominent Catholic organizations.
“Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed” as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, said a statement from the Vatican commission overseeing the discussions.
The feast of All Saints should prompt Catholics to believe more deeply in eternal life, Pope Benedict said.
Standing in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes, people are reminded that the world was created by God in a supreme act of love, Pope Benedict said.