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Catholic News & Perspective

May 2020

May 29

Opening the Word: Without you, nothing

By: Timothy P. O'Malley A persistent temptation in the Christian life is to see God as nothing more than an aid to our own righteous efforts. Few — particularly those of us who read Scriptural columns in Catholic newspapers — are impious enough to publicly deny our need for grace. But, we may see this grace as functionally a...
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May 27

Dozens gather virtually to sing psalms, hymns and inspired songs

By: Dan Meloy PONTIAC, Mich. (CNS) — Notre Dame Preparatory High School’s choir and alumni are bringing the world a little closer together, even when it remains far apart. On April 19, the school released a video that featured 92 singers — 67 current students and 25 alumni and teachers — singing a rendition of “He...
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May 25

Navigating the uncharted territory of returning to Mass

By: Scott Warden Over the past month or so, once dinner has been made and eaten, the kitchen cleaned and the littlest children have been put to bed, my family and I have been binge-watching a show called “Alone.” I liken the episodes, which originally aired on the History Channel, a bit to potato chips: Not my favorite, by any means,...
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May 22

Opening the Word: Distance and desire

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley As Catholics, we are used to thinking about God’s presence in our churches. Christ is present in the proclamation of the word, the singing assembly, in the ordained priest, in the sacramental signs of the building and most fully in the body and blood of Christ. This presence is important to the Catholic...
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May 20

Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

By: Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and father of all, Pope Francis said. During his early morning Mass, Pope Francis joined leaders of every...
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May 18

The pandemic has caused many to focus on what matters most: God

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a respected analyst of popular opinion, recently discovered that a quarter of Americans who identify themselves as religious say that the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened their faith, while only 2% say that their faith has been weakened. This is not unlike reactions when...
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May 15

Opening the Word:Obedience and creativity, fidelity and charism, are closely linked to one another

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Art should be creative. This means the artist must break away from all received norms, obedient only to the creativity that inspires her work. This supposed clash between obedience and charism often is played out in the Church. Obedience is presumed to function as curtailing creativity, quashing charism. The obedient are...
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May 13

What Pope St. John Paul II might tell us during this time of pandemic

By: Gretchen R. Crowe On May 18, we mark the 100th birthday of St. John Paul II. Though he passed away 15 years ago this past April, the magisterium of the man who for 26 years was our beloved Holy Father, lives large in the life of the Church. For much of 2018, I had the privilege of reading many of the works of John Paul II as I compiled my...
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May 11

Photographs, memories and appreciating the time of our lives

By:  Scott Warden On a narrow wall that defines our kitchen from our dining room — it might be 2 feet wide — hang three photos of our children, starting with our oldest at the top and working our way down to No. 3. Each black frame has three panels: a black-and-white headshot in the middle, and in black paint pressed on white...
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May 8

Opening the Word: The living stones of a spiritual temple

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The loss of the sacramental life during COVID-19 has been a wound for baptized Catholics. Yes, Our Lord is present in the Scriptures. Yes, we can perceive the glory of God in the created order. Yes, our God is made manifest in those who hunger and thirst on our streets, in the sick and dying in our communities. We have...
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May 6

As stay-at-home orders continue, young adults hear advice from a bishop

By: Barb Umberger ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Relaxed and visiting for more than an hour from his residence, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis fielded about 20 questions in a livestreamed chat called “Quarantine with Cozzens: Conversation for Young Adults.” Vincenzo Randazzo, evangelization manager for...
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May 4

A call to honor Mary and to ask for her protection

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board As the world continues its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the bishops of the United States will join those of Canada in renewing the consecrations of both nations to the care of the Blessed Mother. This won’t be the first time in the history of our country that Church leaders have...
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May 1

Opening the Word: The common sheepfold

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In the Roman catacombs, there remain images of a young man as a shepherd, carrying a sheep on his shoulders. In this burial space, Christians placed their hope in Jesus Christ, who would shepherd them from death into new life. The Good Shepherd likely resonates with us as much as it did with early Christians. Jesus Christ...
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