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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Joy Comes in the Morning...It's Easter!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The transformative lesson God taught us during Lent is that the morning will come when you learn how to endure the night.  God promised His people, “I will be as the dew unto my people”. Dew is the tiny drops of moisture that appear on cool surface in the ... Read More »

Important Days Ahead...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Catholics and in fact, other Christian churches distribute palms on Palm Sunday to commemorate Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest and Crucifixion on Good Friday. 

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The Death of Lazarus - The Manifestation of God's Glory

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Ordinarily, whenever somebody dies and the family calls or a priest is invited, the issue is not for the priest to raise the dead person but to discuss and arrange funerals. Normally, the family of the deceased does not expect the priest to perform any miracle (bring the dead ... Read More »

"Isn't This the One Who Used to Sit and Beg?"

Posted by Nancy Lambert

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" — which means Sent. So he went and washed, and ... Read More »

USCCB Chairmen Call on Congress to Consider Moral Criteria During Debates on Health Care Policy

Posted by Nancy Lambert

As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn and those experiencing deep poverty.

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You Can Make Lent a Priority

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 Anglosaxon 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 or ... Read More »

U.S. Bishops' Chairman on Interreligious Affairs Responds to Recent Rise in Anti-Semitic Actions Across U.S.

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—In response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions that have taken place across the U.S., the Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has issued the following statement expressing solidarity and support for our Jewish brothers ... Read More »

It's Lenten 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 »

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Support the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – wrote to both Houses of the United States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience ... Read More »

Chair of USCCB International Committee Calls on Trump Administration to Pursue Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

Posted by Nancy Lambert

February 2, 2017

Bishops oppose all acts of violence, Israeli settlement expansion, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States calls for diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis ... Read More »