Peter England, an enthusiastic supporter of the Bread for the World Christian citizens anti-hunger lobby since it was introduced at his parish, St. Louis, in a suburb Miami, Florida, nearly 30 years ago, marshals the efforts of members of his 3,000-household parish to take part in the organization’s annual “Offering of Letters” campaign.
Second Sunday of Lent
First reading: Gn 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Second reading: Rom 8:31-34
Gospel: Mk 9:2-10
hen people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it’s because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else’s vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.
The pope preached on the day’s first reading, taken from the prophet Isaiah, which condemned the false ways the faithful were fasting on a day of penance and the ways that are “acceptable to the Lord.”
People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others and many do both.
n his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past five years, Pope Francis has given the church plenty of “food for thought” on many issues of great importance.
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
First reading: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46
Second reading: 1 Cor 10:31 – 11-1
Gospel: Mk 1:40-45
Ninth Century Feast Date: February 14 These Greek brothers were distinguished even before they became “the apostles of the Slavs.” Cyril taught in Constantinople and Methodius was a provincial governor. About 863, after ordination, they went as missionaries to Moravia, where they had considerable success, partly because they knew the Slavonic language. But their mission […]