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  • A goat and two chickens
    For the third consecutive year, the children buy a goat and two chickens
    For a third consecutive year, the elementary school aged children at theCumberland Presbyterian Churchcompleted a very specialofferingproject. The confirmation of that special project arrived today.What project was that?That very special project...
  • It's Good Friday and Pasta e Fagioli is on the menu
    It's Good Friday and Pasta e Fagioli is on the menu
    Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day on the Catholic liturgical calendar. It is a day to commemorate Jesus’s crucifixion and death. Lent is over; Good Friday is part of the Easter Triduum (three days), which began last night with the...
  • It's the sixth meatless Friday in Lent and Broccoli Quiche is on the menu
    It's the sixth meatless Friday in Lent and Broccoli Quiche is on the menu
    Today marks the sixth Friday of Lent and observing Catholics will once again be abstaining from meat at all meals.The repertoire of meatless Friday meals this Lent has included vegetable lasagna, black bean soup, whole wheat pizza, salmon, and...
  • It's the fifth meatless Friday in Lent and Tuna Paninis are on the menu
    It's the fifth meatless Friday in Lent and Tuna Paninis are on the menu
    This year’s meatless Lenten Fridays are winding down; there are just two more after today.Tonight’s meatless dinner – paninis – are less elaborate and more casual. Additionally, the use of canned tuna fish make the paninis...
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    While meditating on the Cross, we better appreciate 'painful' forgiveness
    God, in Jesus Christ, teaches us to love our enemies.Certainly Jesus gave us the supreme example from His Cross. After all, as God Almighty, He could have reigned down fire and brimstone on the judgmental Pharisees and cruel Romans.Rather, He...
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    Some Catholics are on the Cross...some seem Risen
    I meet Catholic men who swear to a miracle healing. I read of Catholic women who praise God for multiple miraculous saving events in times of distress. Then I experience, and witness, those of us who hang on the Cross and die.What gives?"Lo,...
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    'God, be merciful to me, a sinner'
    The problem with most sinners is that we don't feel God's Love.This isn't an indictment of God; it is, rather, an indictment of the whole human system apart from God. For we are born into families immersed neck deep in the popular...
  • Lent, Chicago Style
    Lent, Chicago Style
    I hope I'm not treating my faithful readers like a kindergarten class, but I thought this would be a good time for show-and-tell.This week marks the midpoint of the lenten season. For Roman Catholics, the midpoint of lent is observed on &ldquo...
  • Salmon cakes with parsley sauce
    Kilshanny salmon cakes for Lent
    During Lent, fish is eaten each Friday. The popular Friday night meal is fish and chips or French fries. Parish fish fries’ occur during the Lenten season to help families self discipline to abstain from meat. The Irish American has become...
  • Lent - an opportunity to make a difference
    Lent - an opportunity to make a difference
    For forty days, not counting Sundays, Christians of various denominations observe this time to prepare for the Easter feast. This often results in personal sacrifice to acknowledge the cost of salvation that Christians believe was made by Jesus...
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    The parable of the Prodigal Son: differentiating God and the elder brother
    God is merciful, all the time.Sacred Scripture, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) attest to this.The Prodigal Father always longs for us to return to Him, and constantly graces us with the necessary internal impetus for us to see...
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    The Cross of Love, and the triumph over the weakness of evil
    In today's Scripture readings we witness three spiritual realities all too common in our world today.First, brother turning on brother, like the Russians turning on the Ukrainian's; second, worldly kings putting the little person in...
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    Lent: The human heart, what Jesus thirsted for from His Cross
    The rich man in today's gospel, even within the fires of hell, continues to see poor Lazarus as a mere slave to his personal desires. This is precisely the hell on earth which we find ourselves in! No matter how much we preach the 'dignity...
  • Pope Francis
    Grow closer to God through the Gospels, Pope urges
    In his Angelus address to crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican Sunday, Pope Francis utilized the Sunday Gospel this week, which on the Second Sunday of Lent always recounts the Transfiguration of Christ, to reflect on the need...
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    Lent: Why marriage and ordained celibacy are under attack
    God created human sexuality.And everything that God created He ordained as 'good.' Everyone, moreover, is sexual, in the fact that everyone lives the gift of the gender that God has given them, whether they are celibate, or married. For...