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President and Vice President of the USCCB Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

Posted by Nancy Lambert

 January 30, 2017  "When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?" Matthew 25:38 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint ... Read More »

Bishops' Conferences Call for Prayers, Action, Support for Peace in the Holy Land

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including the United States, gathered in the Holy Land to call for peace and action to end the occupation that violates "the human dignity" of Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. 

"As Bishops we implore Christians in ... Read More »

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace

Posted by Nancy Lambert

At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness ... Read More »

World Day for Consecrated Life

Posted by Nancy Lambert

February 2, 2017 (Celebrated in Parishes February 4-5)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; ... Read More »

National Migration Week 2017 to be Celebrated January 8 -14

Posted by Nancy Lambert

National Migration Week 2017 will take place January 8-14. This year's theme is "Creating a Culture of Encounter." The celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the contributions of migrants, including refugees, and victims of human trafficking in our communities. With over 65 million people forcibly displaced from ... Read More »

My New Year Prayer for You

Posted by Nancy Lambert

My favorite prayer is from the Scriptures.  I enjoy praying scripturally because it is real, it works, and the words are genuine.

The Lord said to Moses:  "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them, 'This is how you shall bless the Israelites.  Say to them; the Lord ... Read More »

Is it Happy Holiday or Happy Christmas?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We have been bombarded with the idea of the “political correctness” of everything you say or do in this society. Any sincere and true Christian will agree with me that there has been a constant calculated and deliberate effort to neuter Christmas.  You and I now live in a ... Read More »

Joseph the Noble Man

Posted by Nancy Lambert

It's the fourth Sunday of Advent.  With the four weeks of Advent season ending, we are ready to start the Christmas season.  And today's Gospel gives the story of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

Obviously, not so much was written or mentioned both in the apostolic tradition and in ... Read More »

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before ... Read More »

The Lord Blesses Us with Beautiful Season(s)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the ... Read More »