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What is heaven?
When our loved ones die, faith prompts us to speak of them as being in a better place. This pinnacle of betterment is theologically described as perfect union with God.
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A blessing of healing
In PREPARE THE WORD'S featured homily, Father Richard Sparks, C.S.P. writes about the power of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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----------RESOURCE ON VOCATION AWARENESS----------"Bold and Faithful: Meet Today's Religious" a comprehensive interactive parish resource produced by the National Religious Vocation Conference ( ----------ARTICLE ON RACISM----------"What the church is teaching—and learning—about the sin of racism" by Alice Camille ( ----------QUOTE ON RACISM----------"Until white people call out white people, there will always be safe places for racial ugliness to brew and fester." —Father Bryan Massingale, S.J. (2020 June, NCR). ----------QUOTE ON ISOLATION---------- "Even when I cannot get out to join the community in prayer, God remains present, as Saint Augustine wrote, 'in my deepest interiority.' However lonely I feel, I am not alone, for at the core of my very being is Another." —Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. (2020 May, Commonweal)

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Season of Creation

Since 2019, the pope has joined the World Council of Churches, the Anglicans, and the Lutheran community in celebrating a month of recollection on ways to “care for our common home." The Season of Creation goes from September 1 through the Feast of Saint Francis, October 4. Here are 34 quotes we've excerpted from Laudato Si' to reflect on throughout the season.

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Sampling of Homily Stories

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Homily stories

One day during a prolonged funk, when I was sure the world as we know it was coming to an end, my neighbor stopped by to ask me for help.

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Homily stories

When Bernard Hebda was in eighth grade, he thought he had an idea of what God was calling him to do, but he wasn’t sure: God either wanted him to become a priest or a bus driver.

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Homily stories

Flat on my back for three weeks, fighting an infection that ravaged my body and attacked both legs, leading to surgery and talk of possible amputation of one or both, I awoke intact but with a grueling regimen of physical therapy three times a day.


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