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Why someone became a Catholic
the Power of the Cross
Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross). Born in 1891 in Germany, she grew up in a devout Jewish family. As a teenager, she abandoned her faith and considered herself an atheist. She pursued a career in philosophy, which led to her quest for truth. She was drawn to the mystery of the cross. “It was then that I first encountered the cross and the divine strength which it inspires in those who bear it. My unbelief was shattered, Judaism paled, and Christ streamed out upon me.” She converted to Catholicism in 1922. In 1935 she entered the Carmelite order. On Aug. 9, 1942 she was killed in a Nazi concentration camp. (Taken from A Century of Catholic Converts, Lorene Hanley Duquin)
Quote from Living as Missionary Disciples
Social justice and direct service opportunities can be powerful experiences that lead people to intimacy with Christ. (pg. 11)
How to cope with change when parishes cluster
(Our Sunday Visitor – Fr Robert J. Hater)
- Maintain hope in changing times.
- Recognize that change is difficult.
- Realize that changes cannot be solved by reason alone.
- Recognize that paradigm shifts take time to achieve.
- Create a trusting climate where parishioners believe that their opinion is important.
- Acknowledge that what is happening occurs within the framework of God’s designs.
- Be patient with those who cannot immediately recognize that change is inevitable.
- Focus pastoral efforts on the domestic church and the call to missionary discipleship.
- Evangelization, catechesis and work for justice are essential aspects of parish ministry.
- Prioritize the importance of Mass and the sacraments.
The number of parishes in the U.S. without a resident priest pastor:
2020 – 3,544.
Lenten Message from Pope Francis
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.