April 2017

Welcoming the Stranger

In 2008, I visited St. Gerard Majella Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York. The greeter warmly welcomed me and I took a seat. The bulletin had an entire column devoted to welcoming the newcomer and contained a
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Irena Sendler: World War II’s Polish Angel

Irena Sendlerowa (Sendler), a Catholic who became known as the "Polish Angel, " saved the lives of an estimated 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust.
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Psalm 22: ‘My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?’

Each year during Holy Week we Christians stand once again near the cross and hear Jesus' cry anew. Unlike those described in the Gospel, though, we know exactly what he said and we recognize it as the opening verse of
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Lights form a cross on a Lenten table

Darkness & Light: A Good Friday Reflection

Christ died on the cross so we may have help carrying our own.
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Paulina Cerrilla: Rising Star

Paulina Cerrilla captured the nation's attention four years ago with her appearance on The Voice, a television show that features top-notch talent competing for a recording contract.
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People gathering at a funeral

Homily? Eulogy?

Some dioceses allow eulogies at funerals, and others do not. Why is this? This question arises frequently. According to the 1989 Order of Christian Funerals (the ritual book used by Catholics in the United States), "A brief homily is given
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