Advent: Encountering strongholds of fear, preparing for the ‘thrill of hope’

"When we don't abandon ourselves to fear, nor abandon the places of fear within us," writes Lindsey Weishar, "we offer ourselves the opportunity to discover threads of new grass wending through charred soil, the sprout of a new tree growing up out of the remnants of a shattered one."

By Lindsey Weishar / “My Vocation is Love” There is something beautifully hidden about the season of Advent. The early darkness of the evenings and the cooling weather invite us to spend time on the inside — in our homes, with ourselves. If it wasn’t 2020, I’d probably be looking forward to this season more. […]

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The same yesterday, today and forever

Novices at Mount Saint Vincent Mother House, July 1959. (Photo courtesy the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, Congregational Archives)

By Paul Moore / In My Father’s House Recently, I was thanking my aunt for an old family letter she had sent me, written by my grandfather. “It was another time,” she said. The letter described the 1958 Eastertide when my aunt was professed as a nun, and her sister had just entered the novitiate. […]

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Share your plans for Christmas 2020

A child is pictured in an illustration lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. (CNS/ KNA)

It looks like Christmas will be very different this year, as families are asked to limit their gatherings in order to safeguard the health of all concerned. In what ways will you connect with your loved ones over the holidays? What traditions will be a little sweeter? What will you be praying for? Or perhaps […]

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Springtime in November, and love filtering through stained glass

The restored stained-glass window discovered behind a brick wall at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills. (Provided photo)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore Sometimes being behind the eight ball can be a good thing. It helps us to see who our friends are, and we have all sorts of friends in the saints and souls of November. My much-beloved late father-in-law Jerry Klein, my predecessor in this column space, […]

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St. Martin of Tours and an interior ‘lantern walk’ as we approach Advent

While in the Roman army, St. Martin of Tours was moved when he saw a beggar out in a snowstorm. He used is military sword to cut his own cloak in half, giving half to the beggar.

Guest column / By Katie Faley Catholic life is marked by times of fasting and feasting. It is one of the wonderful ways we live out the order of God’s creation of time, as well as observe the moments of suffering and rejoicing in the history of salvation. On Nov. 11, the church celebrates the […]

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When we share what we have, we have met Jesus

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 22 Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalm 23:1-2,2-3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46 A young boy was walking through the park after attending religion classes. He couldn’t stop thinking about the lesson for that day on Jesus’ parable about the last judgment. What impressed […]

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Spalding Pastoral Center closes as virus spreads in state; staff working from home

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria -- home to the Chancery, The Catholic Post, and many diocesan ministries -- will be closed until further notice. With coronavirus cases spreading across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria closed on Friday, Nov. 13, and diocesan staff will work from home until further notice. “With the virus spreading uncontrolled across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended Wednesday that residents work from home and only participate in essential activities,” wrote Patricia Gibson, chancellor, in an advisory […]

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“Freaky” (Universal)

Misha Osherovich, Melissa Collazo, Kathryn Newton and Celeste O'Connor star in a scene from the movie "Freaky." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Gruesome bloodletting squelches any potential enjoyment that might be had from this combination of horror and comedy, intended as a teen-victim slasher movie riff on the body-swapping genre typified by the various film adaptations of author Mary Rodgers’ 1972 children’s novel “Freaky Friday.” In this case, the exchange takes place between a vicious […]

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Diocese on McCarrick report release: ‘Lessons learned must shape response’

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington faces the press in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 24, 2002. (CNS photo/Paolo Cocco, Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria on Nov. 10 issued the following statement after the release by the Vatican of  its “Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick.” A Catholic News story on the summary of that report follows the diocesan statement. Today we received the […]

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U.S. Catholics weigh in with mixed reaction on projected Biden win

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden joins vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris onstage at a rally in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7, 2020, after news media declared they had won the presidential election. (CNS/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop of the Delaware Catholic diocese where the nation’s future 46th president has worshipped for decades offered his congratulations Nov. 8, as well as hopes that voters set aside political differences and heed the Gospel’s call for unity. “Today I congratulate President-elect (Joe) Biden. […]

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