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Browsing Notes from Fr. Abraham

Mary and the Saints

Posted by Nancy Lambert

August 15th is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to ... Read More »

Letter to Senate/House of Representatives on the Issue of Peace in the Holy Land

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Dear Senator/Representative:

Pope Francis recently spoke about the terrible cycle of violence in the Holy Land.  The Pope pleaded with political leaders “not to spare prayer or any effort to end every hostility and seek the desired peace for the good of all.”  This Sunday, he reiterated: “May the ... Read More »

Archbishop Kurtz Joins Pope Francis in Calling for Prayers, Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

Posted by Nancy Lambert

July 22, 2014

Israel, Hamas conflict terrorizes Israeli civilians, costs the lives of more than 500 Gazans, most of them civilians.

Conflicts in Syria, Iraq have caused millions to flee homes, tens of thousands to die.

Conflict in Ukraine has displaced thousands, hundreds of lives cut short when passenger ... Read More »

Rebuilding the Bridge: African American Affairs' 50th Anniversary Initiative

Posted by Nancy Lambert

A  new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew, go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons. The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself, a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programs are simply to proceed as they did ... Read More »

The Bishops Applauded Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby" Decision

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Green family began what became Hobby Lobby Stores, a retail chain of arts and crafts stores, out of a garage in the family’s home in Oklahoma.  The Hahn family likewise began Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-making business, out of a garage in the family’s home in Pennsylvania. The ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns on 'Evil' of Drugs - Opposes Legalization

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Pope Francis leads the feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) at St. Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome … Pope Francis warned against legalizing drugs, calling addiction an "evil" which he said had to be resisted without compromise. Setting himself against the trend in several western countries to allow the use of so-called ... Read More »

Beliefs and Teachings

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Beliefs And Teachings  The Second Vatican Council declared that "the future of humanity is in the hands of those men who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism." (GS, no 31). No one can live without the hope that life has ultimate and lasting meaning beyond ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

"The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique.  It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as 'the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.'  In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with ... Read More »

The Holy Trinity - Three Persons, One God...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is One.  We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity."  The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire:  "The Father is ... Read More »

It's Pentecost - The Birth of the Church

Posted by Nancy Lambert

During the period between His Resurrection and His Ascension, Jesus continued to teach his disciples in the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:2).  Instructions were given to them for the period immediately following the Ascension:  "Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you ... Read More »