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Bishop Peter Jugis: Proclaim the greatness of the Lord

jugisOur Eucharistic Congress brought us together as a diocesan family to celebrate our Catholic faith, and especially to celebrate our faith in Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. Jesus comforts His apostles with His promise, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age,” and the Holy Eucharist is one of the marvelous ways that He fulfills His promise and remains always with us.

Bishop Robert Barron:Grace or karma?

barronJust a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Stephen Davis, retired professor of the philosophy of religion at Claremont University. In preparation for the meeting, I read his book “Christian Philosophical Theology,” which includes a chapter contrasting two basic approaches to religion throughout the world. The first – which can be found in much of the East – is a religion of karma, and the second – prominent in the Abrahamic religions of the West – is a religion of grace.

Father Ascik: Hurricane Harvey reminds us of our shared need for love, salvation

ascikSave me O Lord, for the waters have risen to my neck. – Psalm 69

The image of water in the Bible is simultaneously an image of danger and a powerful image of God. In the beginning the Spirit hovered over the waters.

Fred Gallagher:The Eucharistic Congress: An encounter with the Real Presence

gallagher fredThe first official Eucharistic Congress occurred in France in 1881. Since then, they have occurred all over the world. And for 13 years now the Diocese of Charlotte has put together its own Eucharistic Congress.

Father Marcel Amadi: Campus Ministry: The joy and hope of the Church and society

amadiWhen I started serving as a campus minister nearly two years ago, I definitely felt like a freshman.

Bobby Speers: There are no couch potatoes in heaven

speers17It’s so easy to let our faith lives become automatic and routine. Just like when we’re lounging around on the couch at home, we can easily become too lazy. We think, ‘OK, I might sin a little, but not that badly.’

cvnc MR 12FROM THE PASTORS

Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at  parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:

051617 hickory fatimaHICKORY — Members of St. Aloysius Church commemorated the 100th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to the children of Fatima, Portugal, on Saturday, May 13, by praying the rosary and taking part in an outdoor procession.

The banner was supplied by America Needs Fatima (americaneedsfatima.org). Terri and Richard Painchaud and Eddie and Ching Williams ordered the banner.

Father Nohe Torres recited a decade of the rosary and Father Larry LoMonaco, pastor, recited prayers and blessed the parishioners. The weather was supposed to be rainy with thunderstorms but instead, Our Lady of Fatima showered parishioners with sunshine. It was a perfect day to pray the rosary!

The rally captains ordered the banners hoping to spread the Fatima message by lighting up their little corner of America.

According to ANF’s website, “The goal of America Needs Fatima is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima. Above all, America needs a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.”

— Barbara Case Speers, correspondent