World Day of the Sick was first introduced in 1992 by St. Pope John Paul II as a time of prayer and sharing of one’s suffering. On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, the Church will commemorate the 26th annual World Day of the Sick.
Sometimes, the “good news” in the Church is not so good, especially when tarnished by the bad behavior of those entrusted with the Gospel proclamation. Headlines and the stories that accompany them can often startle and disturb, disappoint and discourage us, can even shake our faith.
In celebration of youngsters receiving their First Holy Communion in parishes across the Diocese, The Monitor invited two of its freelance correspondents, EmmaLee Italia and Rose O’Connor, to share their firsthand accounts of their children being welcomed to the Lord’s table.
Both families spend a large portion of their lives involved in the Church – as Catholic educators, lay ecclesial ministers, music ministers and various other activities. Following are EmmaLee’s and Rose’s loving reflections on witnessing their children taking an important step in their young spiritual faith journeys.
As someone reminded me during this Christmas season, Jesus came to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Or, as a priest I knew used to say at the end of Mass many years ago, "May the unrest of Christ be with you."
The controversy over assisted suicide is burdened with deeply-felt emotions, calling to mind the personal and painful struggles that people have had with their loved ones’ deaths, or even worries over their own deteriorating health. More ... Wednesday, November 19, 2014