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Catholics needed in the world to show hope to others, despite flaws

In 2015 Pope Francis made an historic visit to the United States. The television coverage of his visit was constant and intensive. Every move he made and appearance even so slight was chronicled. There were thousands of people in the streets of New York waiting for a glimpse of the pope. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

Where do you like to pray?

“I like to pray in bed at night. I love how quiet it is in the dark room because it is one of the only times I am alone all day. It is a good time to …” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Why did Jesus weep for Lazarus’ death?

Q. I have always been attracted to the verse in John’s Gospel (11:35) that says that, learning of the death of Lazarus, “Jesus wept.” It shows, I think, how much Christ loved Lazarus and all of humanity. But reflecting further on that passage, I’m wondering just why Jesus wept. Do you think it was because Jesus was actually grieving over the death of his friend? Or do you think that he wept tears of joy, knowing that Lazarus was not suffering from his illness anymore, that Lazarus was perhaps getting a taste of heaven and that Christ was going to use the occasion to show forth the power of God? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

An online Mass is a lot like a long-distance relationship

The most characteristic feature of friendship, according to the philosopher Aristotle, is the desire of the friends to be in one another’s company. He defined friendship, in fact, using the Greek word koinonia, meaning a fellowship, a sharing, a communion. (Columns)

We are shaping our brave new virtual world

There is no “normal” to which the world will return after the coronavirus pandemic has burnt itself out. Too much has changed, and human nature is adjusting to a new reality. The key to this is the role of the internet in its many manifestations, combined with the gradual unwinding of the globalization of the world economy and the reversion across the globe to the preeminence of the nation state. There is a certain irony in this, as the coronavirus knows nothing of international borders and boundaries, and the internet itself is an expression of globalization. (Guest Commentary)

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