I received a letter dated Jan. 5, 2018 from the National Religious Retirement Office thanking the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for its contribution to the 2017 collection, amounting to $73,424.13. The letter, from the Executive Director, Sr. Stephanie Still, PBVM, stated “Since the collection was launched, contributions from your diocese have totaled $2,218,936.01.” Sr. Stephanie also wrote a note saying “We are very grateful to you and your parishioners for this generous support.” Read more
“Made for Love” is a new podcast that aims to convey the truth about marriage and families by helping Catholics tell stories of God’s work in their lives.
Hosted by Sara Perla, a program specialist for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “Made for Love” is under the aegis of Marriage: Unique for a Reason, Web initiative of the bishops’ conference. Read more
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. Read more
Forty-five years after the Supreme Court ruling that mandated legal abortion nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend rallies supporting the dignity of life, from conception to natural death.
The National March for Life, held each year in Washington, DC, typically draws large crowds from across the country. This year, the march will be held on Jan. 19 and will feature the theme, “Love saves lives.” Read more
‘CALLED’ was the theme of the 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), and some 25,000 young people felt ‘called’ to be there. Held Nov. 15-18 in the Indiana Convention Center, youth groups from all over the US, including Hawaii and Alaska, traveled to Indianapolis to attend the conference that occurs every other year. Read more
There’s a line in the writings of Julian of Norwich, the famous 14th century mystic and perhaps the first theologian to write in English, which is endlessly quoted by preachers, poets, and writers: “But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” It’s her signature teaching.
We all have an intuitive grasp of what that means. It’s our basis for hope. In the end, the good will triumph. But the phrase takes on added meaning when it’s seen in its original context. What was Julian trying to say when she coined that phrase? Read more
What are you looking to accomplish with your life? For you, what is the bottom line of your existence? The Catholic perspective on this question is that the supreme purpose of every human being is to save his or her soul. We do this by accepting Jesus as Lord, and by helping others to save their souls.
Becoming a holy Christian takes time, so be patient with yourself. If you think you may need a little more maturing, you’re probably right. I’m 86, and I’m just beginning to get the hang of it. One either keeps on maturing, or one falls by the wayside. I’m never surprised when people slip in the practice of their faith. Read more
As I write this column, I can look out the window of my office in Springfield and read the sign across the street at the Methodist Church: “All Are Created in Dignity and Worth.” This message takes on greater meaning as many of our youth and adult leaders in the diocese prepare to travel Jan. 17-20 to Washington, DC, for the 45th Annual March for Life. March for Life is the largest pro-life rally in the world and I am proud to say we have busses once again making the pilgrimage to our nation’s capital as well as to the march in Chicago on Sun., Jan. 14. Read more
Catholic school parents may benefit from the recent changes to the federal tax code. The recently passed federal tax law allows parents to make contributions to a child’s Missouri 529 MOST account for K-12 tuition, in addition to expenses for higher education that are already permitted.
The Missouri 529 MOST account is an investment program sponsored by the Missouri State Treasurer’s office. Anyone can open a MOST account, including parents, grandparents, or friends of K-12 or college-aged students. In this way, if parents lack financial resources, others can contribute to the family’s MOST account. Read more
People with severe mental illness are much more likely to be incarcerated than treated for their disorders, say advocates, and changes need to be made in order to break the vicious cycle of prison and homelessness.
“We don’t have a mental health professional in half the counties in America. We need to do something about that,” Doris A. Fuller of the Treatment Advocacy Center said at a panel in Washington, DC earlier this year. Read more