Catholic News & Perspective

July 2022

Jul 29

Opening the Word: Are we the rich fool?

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield Someone — we don’t know who — shouts to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me” (Lk 12:13). The Lord is surrounded by a dangerously enormous crowd. Jesus is doing his best to get along — to teach, to answer, to help, to heal. The scene is chaotic,...
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Jul 27

Longtime youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

By: Mark Hart My cradle Catholic parents instilled in me the importance of going to Mass religiously (no pun intended) but were never able to articulate why we went, answering only “because we are Catholic and that is what good Catholics do.” It wasn’t until a youth minister explained the significance, depth and beauty of the...
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Jul 25

Finding the sacred in the secular as a Catholic

By: Ava Lalor Before we were even engaged, my fiancé and I already had a few details planned for our wedding Mass, including most of our Mass readings. Yeah, we were that couple. But the one detail that meant the most to us was the closing hymn, which we decided very early on would be “O God Beyond All Praising.” I don’t...
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Jul 22

Opening the Word: Our daily bread

By: Catherine Cavadini “Lord, teach us to pray…” This week the Gospel of Luke teaches us about prayer, echoing the Our Father as we learn it in Matthew’s Gospel. Here I offer a mediation on the third petition of Luke’s prayer, “Give us each day our daily bread,” with help from the Catechism of the...
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Jul 20

We need to love the walking wounded

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez The fall of Roe v. Wade has brought with it an unleashing of demons. Arson attacks on churches — and going straight for the tabernacle. I’ve personally witnessed cries from the depths of hell with a litany of expletives and blasphemy. There are groups like the so-called Jane’s...
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Jul 18

The story of Helen Keller and the sanctity of life

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Many decades ago, a great American heroine was Helen Keller, an author and thinker. She was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a perfectly healthy baby, but, when she was 19 months old, disaster struck. Medicine was not yet at a stage enabling doctors to diagnose what happened to her, but she had a severe...
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Jul 15

Opening the Word: Martha, Mary and ‘the better part’

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem. As he makes his way, he’s being tested; he’s also teaching. How does one inherit eternal life? Who is my neighbor? These are some of the questions people keep throwing at Jesus — not out of genuine interest but, as Luke says, “to test him” (Lk...
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Jul 13

6 ways to connect the old and the young — and why it’s so important

By: Christopher M. Bellitto Some stark facts to begin: In the United States, every single day, 10,000 people reach the age of 65. In 2008, 7% of the world’s population was over 65. In 2040, 20% of the world’s population will be over 65 — that’s 1 in 5 people on the planet. Moreover, in 2040, there will be more human...
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Jul 11

OSV News and the future of Catholic media

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board From the moment the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on May 4 that the domestic operations of Catholic News Service would cease at the end of the year, we have been asking ourselves one question. That question wasn’t “Should OSV do something?” but “What should OSV...
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Jul 8

Opening the Word: Christ, our neighbor

By: Catherine Cavadini “It is something very near to you.” This is what Moses told Israel about the voice of God. In this week’s first reading, Moses further told them how near it is: “it is in your mouths and in your hearts.” With this, he exhorted them to listen; to “carry out” God’s command. In...
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Jul 6

Archbishop Lori: In a post-Roe world, ‘the goal is to change the culture’

By: Joseph R. LaPlante The Supreme Court decision June 24 in the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade set off a political and cultural earthquake in America that changes the landscape for how the Catholic Church and the pro-life movement advocates for...
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Jul 4

Letters to a Young Catholic: How to grieve

By: Leonard J. DeLorenzo The good thing about not caring about something is you don’t care when it’s gone. Actually, that’s not a good thing at all. Maybe it’s convenient and easier not to care, but we are created to care about things and especially about people. The risk of pain in losing who and what we care about is...
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Jul 1

Opening the Word: Are we disciples on mission?

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield Earlier, Jesus sent the Twelve on mission (cf. Lk 9:1-6). Now he sends 70 more. Or, 72. The textual evidence is insolubly divided about the exact number; but don’t worry, it’s really not important. Don’t worry if your friend’s Bible has a different number! The point seems to be...
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