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Exploring the Word
There’s power in the gathering
What good is the church? This isn't a pious-sounding question, I admit. But if we don't ever ask ourselves why we need the church, then we may never arrive at a serviceable answer. And that's a bad thing, because the unexamined life of faith may not be worth living, to re-coin Socrates' phrase. So we must ask: What does it mean to be church? The oldest stories of the Bible talk about the "people Israel" as literally a family: all sprung from . . .
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, August 24, 2014
Preaching the News
Raising a child is not cheap
Those who gather together to worship are family, says Alice Camille in a reflection on the meaning of the community gathered in worship in this Sunday’s Exploring the Word. In news sure to give pause to parents contemplating bringing a new life to the family, raising a child born in 2014 to age 18 will cost, on average, about a quarter of a million dollars—and that doesn’t even include the cost of college. Fortunately there are strategies that help.
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...