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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Lent - A Special and Holy Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty-day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning "spring," is a time marked by particular rituals, such as reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to "give up some habits, food ... Read More »

Bishops' Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Seeks "Bridges, Not Walls"

Posted by Nancy Lambert

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON—Ten bishops made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on January 18 - 27, 2018. In reflections issued at the conclusion of the Pilgrimage, they noted the "many walls and some bridges" they encountered as they "sought out those on the peripheries." The visit, had as ... Read More »

USCCB Emphasize Human Beings All Made in the Likeness of God

Posted by Nancy Lambert

January 12, 2018

The following statement has been issued by James Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), emphasizing the USCCB position that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore deserving of our respect and compassion.

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A Message from the USCCB President During National Migration Week, January 7 - 13

Posted by Nancy Lambert

January 5, 2018

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a National Migration Week message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.

Cardinal DiNardo's statement as follows:

"On Sunday, the Catholic Church across the ... 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: The is how you shall bless the Israelites.  Say to them; The Lord ... Read More »

It's Christmas!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

When we celebrate birthdays, when we send cards and give gifts, we are saying the person whose birthday we celebrate is important to us.

Jesus Christ came into this world as a tiny baby, not as a grown person, not as an alien from outer space. Though he was ... 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 society ... 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 Seasons

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 »

U.S. Bishops Chairman Greatly Disappointed by the House Passage of Tax Bill that Harms Poor, Many Families

Posted by Nancy Lambert

November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply flawed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calling on the Senate to work ... Read More »