Fight Hatred, Death, and Sin with Love, Life, and Charity

– April 20, 2020 – Volume 30 BISHOPS ASK FOR ETHICAL COVID-19 VACCINE Four USCCB Committee Chairmen, along with 20 healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, have urged Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion. To view all signers and to read the letter, click here. PROTECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has prepared a statement, infographic, and video to assist anyone faced with lifesaving medical care being rationed in ways that discriminate against persons with disabilities. These and additional resources related to COVID-19 can be found at https://ncpd.org/covid-19-resources. PRAY FOR LIFE: APRIL In this month’s Pray for Life we’re praying that our merciful Lord will calm the fears of all expectant mothers, fill them with His peace, and provide for every need. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) PRAY FOR LIFE: MAY In the May edition of Pray for Life, we’re praying that our Blessed Mother will draw women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies close to her heart. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) WORD OF LIFE: MAY 2020 The May edition of Word of Life is available in both English and Spanish. Suggestions are provided for adapting the resources for digital use....

St. John Apostle & Evangelist

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD CHRISTMAS ST. JOHN APOSTLE & EVANGELIST December 27, 2019 WORD of the DAY So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. (John 20: 2-8) How shall I live this Word? Today 27 December we celebrate the feast of St. John the beloved apostle of Jesus. He had shared important moments, both joyful and painful, with the Savior. He ate, drank, and walked with Him;...

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND THURSDAY OF ADVENT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS December 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY   For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, Do not fear, I will help you.  Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you maggot Israel; I will help you—oracle of the LORD; the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer.  (Isaiah 41:  13-14)   How shall I live this Word? In only two verses, the words ‘do not fear’ are repeated twice. We always have many fears and we are not able to give ourselves security.  We need someone to take us by the hand affectionately, who says to us, “Do not fear.  I am with you, I will not leave you alone, I will remain close to you.”  We do not need to feel alone before the greatness and difficulties of life.  This is why God, in Jesus, becomes human and lives among us.  This is why God, in Jesus, is with us and will never abandon us.  He takes care of us every day. He loves us with a totally...

SECOND TUESDAY OF ADVENT

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND TUESDAY OF ADVENT December 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. (Matthew 18: 12-13) How shall I live this Word? What a strange way of reasoning: is it better to risk losing the ninety-nine sheep I still have, leaving them alone in the mountains, or finding the one sheep I lost? Jesus has no doubts and decides, using not the logic of the world, the logic of profit and finance, but the logic of love. It is the logic of those who love everyone without distinction and do not want to lose anyone, because in God’s eyes everyone is precious, important, dear. For each one He gave His life, for everyone, even for those who are wretched, sinful, evil. God loves everyone with an infinite love, for each one He became human, and for everyone He died...

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time November 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY “May Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father who loved us and through His grace has given us eternal consolation and good hope, comfort your hearts and confirm you in work and word .” (Thes 12: 16-17) How shall I live this Word? The first thing that strikes us is the close repetition of the possessive adjective ‘our’: “Our Lord Jesus and God our Father”. What Paul wants to give us here with great evidence is a fundamental truth of our faith. For us who believe, it also becomes the foundation of our life. Existence does not exempt us from very painful experiences that try to weaken our will to ‘weave’, for us and for others, a serene life in the light of justice, goodness, and peace. Precisely by the grace of God there comes to us an ‘eternal consolation’ (one that does not fail). Paul also emphasizes the gift of ‘good hope’. Thus the comfort of our heart confirms us, because God acts in us with His Word and His work, giving us the help of His grace. Lord,...