Catholic News & Perspective

July 2021

Jul 30

Opening the Word: Bread of Life discourse: Part 2

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Last week, we heard from the Gospel of John the wondrous account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Jesus recapitulates the manna miracle, drawing together all men and women into a new covenant of love. Unlike the other Gospels — which each feature this miracle — the Gospel of John...
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Jul 28

With God, there are no coincidences

By: Ava Lalor In mid-July, my parents and younger sister, Bekah, came to visit me in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for a short weekend. Ever since I moved here three years ago, my family has loved coming to the City of Churches, making a point to visit a few favorite locations such as an eclectic bookstore that houses a couple cats and our favorite...
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Jul 26

A move toward praying together in the Mass

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Action taken by Pope Francis to restrict celebration of the Mass in Latin came as no surprise to some, while a great surprise to others. Still, why these restrictions? The pope himself answered the question. He acted to enhance a sense of unity among Roman Catholics, and he has reasons to worry about disunity. It is...
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Jul 23

Opening the Word: The Bread of Life discourse: Part 1

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In years when the Church reads the Gospel of Mark, which is the shortest of the Gospels, we spend mid-summer Masses listening to the Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel of John.  John 6, as we will see over the next five weeks (the fourth section from John will not be read this year because of the...
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Jul 21

A call to give the elderly the care and attention they deserve

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board Have you called or prayed for your grandparents lately? How about visited your elderly neighbor? As the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, July 25, marks the perfect opportunity to reach out to the aging individuals in your life in a special way that reassures them of your love and care. An...
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Jul 19

How can the Church tackle the problem of educating Catholics on the Eucharist?

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion They are missing the forest because they see only the trees. This old saying much applies to the news media, and to many Catholics, even many Americans who are not Catholics, when they discuss the current discussion among the bishops regarding the Eucharist.  The tree is the question of what to do about...
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Jul 16

Opening the Word: Sheep without a shepher

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Jesus and the disciples have been on mission. They have walked from town to town, proclaiming the Good News. They have healed the sick, proclaimed liberty to captives, banished demons.  And now it is time for a rest.  Our Lord, as any good pastor does, calls the disciples back together for a retreat. For...
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Jul 14

Pew: Catholic homilies mention election, racism less than Protestant ones

  By: Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — As news events made headlines across the United States for months last year — particularly the 2020 election, the coronavirus pandemic and racism in America — priests’ homilies did not mention these events nearly as much as did sermons by Protestant preachers, according to a...
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Jul 12

‘Arise’ event is a homecoming for Catholics kept from church by pandemic

By: Zoey Maraist CHANTILLY, Va. (CNS) — Everyone thought that Jairus’ daughter was dead. Jesus, however, assured them she was only asleep and asked Jairus to have faith. He then approached the sick child, took her by the hand and told her, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately, she stood up and walked. Inspired...
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Jul 9

Opening the Word: The return to basics

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Jesus sends the Twelve out in groups of two. Their supplies are basic. No food. No money. Not even a change of clothes.  Their task. Simple. Go from town to town preaching the Good News of repentance. Cure the sick and drive out demons. The responsibility of the Twelve seems straightforward. There is no...
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Jul 7

Editorial: How do we spread the Gospel amid an increasingly secular culture? We offer three possible solutions

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board At the Religious Liberty Summit hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Law School at the end of June, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, highlighted the “downright antagonism” to religion so often portrayed in...
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Jul 5

A National Eucharistic Revival may be coming. What does that mean?

By: Brian Fraga Commissioning “Eucharistic missionaries” is an idea that has “captured the imagination” of people involved in the planning for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ three-year initiative to rekindle devotion to the Eucharist. “We’re really looking at the revival as an...
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Jul 2

Opening the Word: The strength of weakness

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Paul is not an ordinary apostle. A one-time persecutor of Christians, he becomes an evangelist, preacher and teacher through an encounter with the resurrected Lord.  Despite the extraordinary quality to St. Paul — the revelations he received from Our Lord that changed his life — he cannot escape the human...
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