This Friday we celebrate the Feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous. She was the humble, peasant girl, on whom was bestowed one of the greatest of earthly blessings...to be visited and spoken to by Our Blessed Mother, Mary. It is a remarkable story that sadly, even many Catholics, are not familiar with.
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Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her. -Jn 20:11-18 (via USCCB)
Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” - Jn 13:36-38
“Do everything in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14
Can you believe Election Day is less than a week away? We've faithfully prayed with each other throughout this season and have done all we can to get ourselves and our loved ones formed in the mind and heart of the Church. Now we must move forward and perform our civic duty, and vote with a properly formed conscience.
Have you been accused of being a “one issue voter” because you vote in accordance with Catholic Church teaching with regard to protecting and defending life? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you are in very good company.
Recently on the Women of Grace Live radio program, we received a letter from Angela, who shared her heart-wrenching story with Johnnette. She and her husband had recently experienced racism first hand. Through her pain and fear, Angela was able to pray for her persecutors, but asked Johnnette to intercede that they would understand their role going forward and for justice to prevail in their situation.
If you watched last week's presidential debate, you may also be scratching your head wondering what happened to fairness and civility in discourse.
The recent nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the United States Supreme Court is probably one of the most polarizing events to take place during this year's election season. It underscores how divided we are with regard to religious freedom, feminism and even the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
Last week the world lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a woman who was esteemed in some circles and vilified in others. As Christians, we beg the Lord's mercy on her soul.
There is a lot of buzz about whether or not there will soon be a Covid-19 vaccine.
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