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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
  • Family Treasures: Helping and Celebrating Grandparents
    As a link between past and future, it is the grandparents who plant the seed, knowing full well they may not see the fruit of their harvest. They plant anyway. Sue and Marv Prins have grandchildren in Milwaukee—an eight-hour drive from home. Facebook and phone calls ...
    A deacon and his wife are helping others meet the challenges of life as grandparents in the 21st century.
  • Woodworker builds caskets out of reclaimed lumber

    FRONT ROYAL, Va. (CNS) -- Above the hum of the table saw, one story was told, then another.

    As the dark chestnut boards were fixed together, gradually taking shape as a sturdy rectangular box, three brothers pieced together memories of a life.

    "Something rich and beautiful happens when ...

    Michael Schmiedicke works in his Strong Oaks Woodshop in Front Royal, Virginia.
  • In Lebanon, Muslims and Christians visit Marian shrine at Harissa

    HARISSA, Lebanon (CNS) -- High on a summit overlooking the Mediterranean, Our Lady of Lebanon stands majestically with her arms outstretched, welcoming her children.

    Muslims and Christians alike come to the shrine, 16 miles north of Beirut.

    To Muslims, Mary is known in Arabic as "Seidatna Maryam," Our ...

    A woman prays at the monument of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon.
  • Chaplain's duty is to bury the dead, and minister to the living

    ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- On a chilly February afternoon in Arlington National Cemetery, Father Joseph Brankatelli walked alone before a horse-drawn caisson bearing the remains of World War II veteran Robert Andre.

    At the burial site, eight young soldiers flanked Andre's flag-draped casket while Father Brankatelli conducted ...

    Father Joseph Brankatelli stands among graves in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
  • St. John XXIII's aide dies at 100

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The former secretary to a saint and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died May 26 at the age of 100.

    Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan.

    Cardinal ...

    Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died May 26.
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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

 Pope Francis explains the significance of  the Eucharist

The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.
St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.
Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.
Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
The heroine of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (Disney) is not Lewis Carroll's curious 7-year-old girl but rather an intrepid sea captain with an entrepreneurial streak.

A young woman who refuses to bend to the will of a patriarchal society, Alice overcomes ...

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