Praying the Rosary under the rotunda of the State Capitol and singing “Ave Maria,” faithful from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined at least 2,000 Catholics in royal blue T-shirts that proclaimed Catholic Advocacy Day on March 26 in Austin.
Father Reginald Samuels, publicly announced by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as the new Vicar for Catholics of African Descent at the Mass of Remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr. in January, is now busy meeting with community leaders and forming a plan of action.
On March 16, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI) held a symposium, “Called to Conversion: A Catholic Ecological Awakening.” More than 160 people gathered to listen to local Catholics who have taken on the role of leading efforts to educate others about the current global environmental crisis.
End of life decisions are often difficult conversations. From care to medical directives to funeral arrangements, none of it is easy. Finding ways to leave a legacy is one way the faithful can make their mark on their faith.
As Catholic schools remain committed to the evangelizing mission of the Church to educate young people and form witnesses who transform the world, preparing them to stay “unapologetically Catholic” is vital.
It is very common for good people to come to me and say, “I don’t feel very close to God, and I don’t know what to do.” My first response is usually to ask, “How long has it been since your last Confession?”
Last week, as I cradled in my hands the receptacle with my brother Dominic’s cremated remains, I pondered his life in the brevity of human existence – a “puff of smoke” that is here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). His 67 years of earthly life used up, taken by cancer; he was now with our heavenly Father.
In one of these Lent season’s Gospel readings, Jn. 8:21-30, Jesus was clear to say: “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”
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