Catholic News & Perspective

January 2019

Jan 14

Hope in the ordinary

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly I always think of the opening line to Snoopy’s first novel in the old “Peanuts” cartoon: “It was a dark and stormy night.” On Dec. 26, at 12:01 a.m., the lights go out in Indiana. The Christmas trees are out in the gutter, the Nativity scenes are once again in the back of the...
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Jan 11

Opening the Word: Unsentimental feast

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly For the Christian, sentimentality is a temptation. The sentimental person is so driven by the desire for strong affections, reducing nearly everything to kitsch or a nostalgia for some imagined past. This sentimentality can easily seep into the feasts of the Christmas season. We imagine the infant Christ,...
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Jan 9

The Church and basic income proposals

By: Don Clemmer OSV Newsweekly Anxiety over getting replaced in a job can be a powerful impetus for people and lead to radical outcomes. Donald Trump successfully campaigned for the presidency in 2016 by appealing to voters who’d seen their livelihoods in the coal industry go away. But such concerns span beyond how Americans produce their...
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Jan 7

St. Cecilia Dominicans

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion OSV Newsweekly Talk about good news. I recently received the quarterly magazine published by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville. Last summer, 11 new sisters professed perpetual vows in the community, and another 13 professed first vows. (Perpetual vows are for life. First vows are for...
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Jan 4

Opening the Word: Honoring the family

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Advertising tends to romanticize family life. Christmas meals are celebrated on pristine tables, while adults, teens and children share a bucolic feast. This romantic commercialization of the family can creep into our understanding of Jesus’ family. We imagine a saccharine picture of a perfect...
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Jan 2

Diocesan WYD celebrations blend local, universal Church

By: Paul Senz OSV Newsweekly From Jan. 22-27, millions of young Catholics will convene in Panama City, Panama, for World Youth Day. They will come from all over the globe, from every inhabited continent, and just about every country. But many more will be staying home, unable to make the trek to Panama. It was announced in 2017 that the 2019...
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