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November 2022

Nov 28

In times of sorrow and joy, the truth remains: We’re made for community

By: Gretchen R. Crowe wo and a half years after the pandemic began, the majority of us are just starting to regain a normalcy of what it means to be in community. Masks no longer cover faces, plastic barriers have been removed, gatherings are once again in person, conversations can be held face-to-face rather than square-to-square. And how we...
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Nov 25

Opening the Word: God enters our history

By: Catherine Cavadini The very structure of our Catholic Lectionary — and even of our whole liturgical year — reminds us of a very basic point: Our history is much, much more than it appears to be. The history in which we live, which seems to simply be made up of human activities and human achievements, is also a divine history. God...
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Nov 23

Dallas Jenkins says Catholics should look for Mother Mary in Season 3 of ‘The Chosen’

By: Father Patrick Briscoe Set to debut on Nov. 18 in over 2,000 theaters nationwide, Season 3 of “The Chosen,” the dynamic and intimate portrayal of the life of Jesus, promises moments that will especially delight the series’ Catholic audience. Series creator Dallas Jenkins said the theme of the new season is “Come to...
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Nov 21

Cardinal Ricard’s confession sparks the latest Catholic crisis in France

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Not to be dramatic, but the Church may need to start over in France. First evangelized in the days of the apostles, once calling itself the inspiration of the “most Christian nation,” long the reservoir of Catholic theology and the fountain of missionary activity that impressively brought Catholicism to...
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Nov 18

Opening the Word: Our own calvary

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield The good thief or the bad one, the choice is ours. Jesus was clear; he said all along that believers are to renounce possessions and relations, deny themselves, take up the cross and follow (cf. Lk 14:25-33). Repeatedly, he talked about his death and resurrection (cf. Lk 9:22-26, 43-45). He tried to teach his...
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Nov 16

Bishop: More safe environment audits will strengthen ‘culture of safety’

By: Colleen Rowan WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Putting the safety of children, adolescents and vulnerable adults first, Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston has increased the frequency of onsite safe environment audits of the diocese’s Catholic schools and parishes from every three years to now every year. This move is...
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Nov 14

Homilies and ‘the mode of the receiver’

By: Father Patrick Briscoe “Heaven is full of converted sinners,” preached Father Seán Sheehy in a parish church in Listowel, Ireland. Referring to the feast of All Saints at the beginning of November, Father Sheehy asked, “Why are they saints?” “Because they repented and they sought forgiveness. And so,...
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Nov 11

Opening the Word: Perseverance through the apocalyptic trials

By:  Catherine Cavadini “Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven … the day that is coming will set them on fire” (Mal 3:19). Also, “awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky” (Lk 21:11). In that day, there will be persecution and patient perseverance. “The sun of justice [will...
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Nov 9

What can spiritual fatherhood look like?

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board A recent study undertaken by the Catholic Project at the Catholic University of America had some good news to share. Overall, priests report high levels of well-being on the Harvard Flourishing Index, a comprehensive measurement tool used to gauge a person’s overall level of satisfaction...
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Nov 7

Political violence in America isn’t a one-sided issue

By: Russell Shaw A few days ago, Americans awoke to the news that a man shouting, “Where’s Nancy?” had staged a hammer attack on the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Weeks earlier, a man with a gun had approached the house of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. These and incidents like them...
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Nov 4

Opening the Word: We are called to be rebel believers

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield “Easter should make rebels of us all,” wrote David Bentley Hart, that idiosyncratic interpreter of orthodoxy. And he’s quite right; the Faith, once grasped, should make us something like rebels, make us not entirely reliable citizens of the conventional. Before the tamed activists of our own day,...
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Nov 2

Regarding abortion in the United States, much work remains

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Everybody thought that if the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade went away, little need would remain to explain and defend the idea that abortion is wrong. That hunch has not transferred into fact. So, for the umpteenth time in these pages, why does Our Sunday Visitor, in its editorials,...
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