Burial in sacred ground prevents the deceased
from being forgotten and encourages family members and the wider Christian
community to remember the deceased and to pray for them.
Servant of God Augustine Father Bill Atkinson never bought green bananas because he said he never knew if he would be around to see them ripen. He died at age 60 in 2006 from complications of an infection. He lived as a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 19 following a toboggan accident. He was the first quadriplegic to be ordained a priest with a special dispensation from Pope Paul VI. He was ordained in 1974 by Philadelphia Cardinal John Krol, almost nine years after the accident that had left him paralyzed.
Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in between. This series aims to explain the art and architecture of diocesan churches, so the faithful can better appreciate the beauty around them.
Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in between. This series aims to explain the art and architecture of diocesan churches, so the faithful can better appreciate the beauty around them.More
Fr. McAfee remembers the effect of a homily he gave after Sept. 11 More
Every part of a well-designed church is deliberately planned to bring glory to God — the shape, the artwork, the liturgical furnishings and everything in betweenMore
“Live simply so others may simply live.”“A life not lived for others is not a life.”“The fruit of abortion is nuclear war.”“Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”Which of these are quotes from Blessed Teresa of Kolkata?The answer — none of them.Call it urban legend, simple misquoting or out-right fabrication, there are dozens of quotes attributed to Mother Teresa that, according to the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, she never said. (Style note: Blessed Teresa of Kolkata became the preferred style in Catholic media a few years ago.)To combat the perpetuation of these misquotes, the center compiled a list of quotes falsely attributed to the soon-to-be saint. And, there’s a section called, “Quotes that are significantly paraphrased versions or personal interpretations of statements Mother Teresa made; they are not her authentic words.”So, according to the list, she didn’t say, “I think it is very good when people suffer. To me that is like the kiss of Jesus.” Nor did she say, “Good works are links that form a chain of love.” Some of these quotes sound like her style, some are too far-fetched to believe.Others are just a bit off-track, “I don’t do great things. I do small things with great passion.” She is however quoted in the book Come Be My Light, edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk as saying, “Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love. ...The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.”The center’s website points out that many entities are appropriating Mother Teresa’s name or image without permission of the Missionaries of Charity. Their list is a helpful reference as the Sept. 4 canonization nears.So next time someone tells you, “As Mother Teresa said … ”smile, but doublecheck it.Augherton can be reached at email@example.com or on twitter @aughertonACH.More
There is no slowing down this summer for Arlington seminarians who return home from months of studying. More
For one day this Advent, Dec. 18, Holy Trinity Church in
Gainesville lifted people out of their 21st century lives and
took them to ancient Bethlehem at the time of the birth of
Saint Nick himself made a special pre-Christmas appearance at
St. John the Evangelist's annual Breakfast with Santa
fundraiser event. But instead of arriving in his bright red
sleigh, he arrived in a yellow helicopter, a first in the
event's history. The Air Care four team from Front Royal
escorted the "jolly old elf" in their chopper and the landing
site was prepared behind the school by Warrenton Fire
Holy Trinity Church in Gainesville will present "Bethlehem
Walk," an interactive open house Dec. 18, 5 to 9 p.m., at
8213 Linton Hall Rd., Gainesville.
RYE, N.Y. - The secular world ignores Advent, begins
celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween and packs up
the holiday before the New Year, Paul J. Murray said.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' calendar of Masses and prayer
services for December and January are a combination of annual
Advent and Christmas celebrations and added events for the
beginning of the Year of Mercy.
VATICAN CITY - The Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St.
Peter's Square will be set up and unveiled earlier than usual
this year to be ready for the opening of the Year of Mercy.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The traditional decorations of Christmas
are reminders that the light and love of Jesus Christ bring
new life to all who wait in darkness, Pope Benedict XVI said.