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The Mighty Macs: The Story Behind the Film
B.G. Kelley

It’s a Cinderella story about a team from Philly who won it all—from tiny Immaculata College.

WEB+ Web site for The Mighty Macs Film
The Roman Missal: Embracing the New Translation
Father Richard Hilgartner

The head of the U.S. bishops’ worship office explains the coming changes.

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Changes in the Mass: Deepening Our Understanding by Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Changing How We Pray: A Guide to the New Translation of the Roman Missal, by  Rev. Lawrence E. Mick

High School Pallbearers
Mary Ellen Pellegrini

Young men at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School help bury strangers who have few others to mourn them.

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St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society's Facebook page

St. Ignatius High School

NPR story on the Pallbearer Society

Advent: A Season of Surprises
Kathy Coffey

Turn down the volume this season. Tune in to what’s coming.

Patrick Ferraro’s Adoption Journey
Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

With the help of strangers, this American crossed an ocean to find his birth parents.

WEB+ Read Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D.'s adoption story.





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Martha: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. 
<p>No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion (see Luke 10:38-42) she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. </p><p>Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “...[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a). </p><p>Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).</p> American Catholic Blog One of the difficulties we may have when our lives become unmanageable is that we find dealing with other people to be difficult and we may even struggle to maintain a relationship with God. Caring people especially can find themselves carrying unnecessary crosses as they become lost in the maze of trying to meet everyone’s crazy expectations—including their own!

Stumble Virtue Vice and the Space Between

 
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God is a beacon in our lives; the steady light that always comes around again.

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Grace gives us the courage to accept what we cannot change.

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Mary, nourish my love for you and for Jesus.

Wedding
“May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you in good times and in bad…”


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