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TEXAS CATHOLIC COLUMNISTS

People pray the rosary during Holy Hour at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. (Ron Heflin)

Lock our lives together to be bubbles of hope

In the days just before the recent catastrophic hurricanes in Texas and Florida, there were many hours of warnings about what was about to happen. What so many have just lived through happened almost exactly as had been predicted. How did the weather forecasters get their knowledge? My good sailor father had a saying which he often repeated: “When the birds are flying high, look out for storms!” Read more

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It is hard to imagine a week of rain when the amount falling each day would be measured in feet instead of inches! It was really a catastrophic time when the cascading waters of the bayous would be compared to the flow of Niagara Falls for each daily total of water. A million gallons? A billion gallons? A trillion gallons? Read more

Cain is despondent after God rejects his sacrifice but looks favorably upon the offering of his younger brother Abel. His sadness quickly morphs into smoldering rage, and the Lord confronts him in the midst of his internal fury: “If you do well, you can lift your head high; but if not, sin is lurking at your door. Its craving is for you, but you can master it” (Genesis 4:7). The Lord reminds Cain that he is capable of suppressing his murderous urge; as the story makes clear, though, he does not, and the blood of his innocent brother cries out to God from the polluted earth. Read more

A poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. (Mark 12:42) By Jennifer Carr Allmon Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops “And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, ‘Truly, I

On Sept. 26, 2016, with the most beautiful peace in my heart and a bursting energy to serve, I boarded a one-way flight to Nicaragua, ready to use my training as a registered nurse to serve the people in that developing Central American country. Read more

As I write this column, there are preparations going forward in Oklahoma City for the beatification of a priest missionary to the Central American country of Guatemala. Father Stanley Rother has been acknowledged by Pope Francis as the first recognized martyr of the Catholic Church to have been born in the United States.Since he came from Okarche, Oklahoma in the diocese of Oklahoma City, it is very fitting that his beatification ceremony will take place in their civic center on Sept. 23, 2017. Read more

My noble efforts at maintaining a tranquil, stoic temperament fail miserably whenever I hear one particular response to the topic of reading the Bible. It comes in several variations, but they all seize on a common theme—or excuse. “Reading the Bible? C’mon, dude. I don’t need to do that; I’m a Catholic!” Awkward chortles and seemingly genuine chuckles ensue, as if the remark had successfully struck a vein of truth and offered a healthy dose of praiseworthy humor. Read more

There is a certain wonder and mystery about the Ordinary Times of the church liturgical cycle. Every year our Masses change from white to red to violet to green just like the Earth wobbles as it goes around our magnificent star which we call our sun. This produces the times and the seasons we call summer, fall, winter and spring. Read more

Pentecost, which we celebrated last Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles (Acts 2:1-47). Shortly before Jesus suffered, died and rose again, he promised an advocate, teacher and counselor to his budding church – the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31; 16:4-24). He promised “to dwell” in us: to animate our lives as individuals and as a community. Read more

Congratulations to our school grads in these first days of June 2017. Do you remember how you felt as a recent grad from the academic world? The future was a challenge that you readily accepted. The real world was waiting for your wonderful contribution to justice and peace. Read more

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