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Catholic News & Perspective

February 2020

Feb 28

Opening the Word: The good news about sin

By: Timothy P. O'Malley “The Church is too obsessed with sin.” This is a complaint many of us have heard before. Sin makes us all feel a bit guilty, and therefore when the Church speaks of sin, everyone gets turned away from the Gospel. Who wants to be guilty? We must acknowledge that there is a wrong way to speak about sin. We can...
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Feb 26

Redeemed: How a former gang chief found a renewed faith

By: Casey McCorry Every morning, Deacon Pablo Perez walks the block from Assumption Catholic Church to Cook County Jail’s maximum-security wing. He wears the white clergy collar and a Cubs hat and carries a thick stack of prayer cards. By all appearances, he is your typical jail chaplain. A lofty man from the “outside”...
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Feb 26

Redeemed: How a former gang chief found a renewed faith

By: Casey McCorry Every morning, Deacon Pablo Perez walks the block from Assumption Catholic Church to Cook County Jail’s maximum-security wing. He wears the white clergy collar and a Cubs hat and carries a thick stack of prayer cards. By all appearances, he is your typical jail chaplain. A lofty man from the “outside”...
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Feb 24

The bread of angels and a hug from heaven

By: Teresa Tomeo When I was about to make my first holy Communion, our Catholic school offered the opportunity to purchase religious items to mark the important sacrament. They turned one of our larger classrooms into a mini religious goods store filled with all sorts of items, including white gloves, white rosaries, holy Communion remembrance...
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Feb 21

Opening the Word: This Lent, let Christ use you to build the temple

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In one week, the revelries of Fat Tuesday, the celebrations of Carnival, the donuts and king cakes and pancakes will be a memory. The time for conversion, for fasting and prayer and almsgiving will have begun. To what end do we take up these practices? Do we fast because it’s healthy — a periodic way to...
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Feb 19

With church shootings on the rise, what are Catholic parishes doing to keep the faithful safe?

By: Brian Fraga The people in the pews next to Chris Pereira probably have no idea he’s armed with a loaded weapon. The handgun he carries at Mass is concealed by a sport coat, a winter jacket or a sweatshirt. “My wife doesn’t even know when I’m carrying,” said Pereira, 38, a U.S. Air National Guard member and...
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Feb 17

Vatican homeless shelter continues long history of the Church’s charitable works

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Talk about a breath of fresh air. NPR spent some minutes reporting that Pope Francis had turned a one-time palace near the Vatican into a shelter for homeless people in Rome. The Church has had so much bad publicity recently. This story was a relief. For centuries, an Italian noble family had occupied this building,...
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Feb 14

Opening the Word: The Law's horizon

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Many residents of the United States distrust law. Yes, Americans appreciate basic traffic laws, legal prescriptions protecting children and regulations that safeguard us against stealing and murder. But such law is viewed as a series of naughts. Thou shall not do this or that. The rest of your life is up to you, and no...
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Feb 12

Understanding the liturgy of the domestic church

By: Greg Popcak Have you ever thought of your family life as a liturgy? The liturgy of domestic church life. Does that seem odd? It shouldn’t. The word “liturgy” describes the specific “work” the Church does to heal the damage sin creates in our relationships with God and others. The Liturgy of the Eucharist...
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Feb 10

Many lessons were taught at the first desegregated high school in the South

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Catholic Schools Week, observed not very long ago, caused me to think about my 12 years of Catholic education, in elementary and secondary schools, and the magnificent lessons that I learned in more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Martin Luther King Jr., Day occurred roughly at the same time. Recalling Dr. King...
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Feb 7

Opening the Word: The light of the world

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Our Gospels proclaim the blessedness of the poor, the hungry and the thirsty. The Gospels demand radical poverty, total reliance on God, one that every Christian should have. We’re to be those who turn the other cheek when presented with violence. We’re to become like little children, relying entirely on God...
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Feb 5

Sisters in solidarity: Praying for an end to abortion

By: Deirdre A. McQuade Planned Parenthood clinics perform over a third of all abortions in the United States. They are known to schedule even more appointments during the March for Life, because those who usually show up to pray and offer women abortion alternatives are otherwise occupied. So before joining the march last week, I decided to pray...
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Feb 3

A culture caught up in the ingesting of darkness

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez I had an intense March for Life experience, as I typically do. People from all sorts of stages of my life seem to converge on Washington, D.C., for a very limited period of time. So there are reunions and talks and interviews and some serious prayer. There’s this mix of intense hope and reencountering grave evil and...
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