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Father Deacon Kevin Bezner: Pope’s suggested change to the Lord’s Prayer could harm the faithful

beznerIn an interview last December, Pope Francis called the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4), or “Our Father,” confusing. The pope suggested as a possible change the phrase “do not let us fall into temptation.” Given the pope’s comments, it seems a good time to take a look at how the phrase and the prayer have been taught by authoritative Catholic and Orthodox commentators through the ages, and based on their commentary to consider whether such a change is warranted.

SueAnn Howell: Jesus is my valentine

howellIt’s hearts as far as the eye can see this time of year. Retailers have their shops stocked with chocolates, flowers, stuffed bears and greeting cards with sentiments that are sweet, mushy and even humorous – meant to be exchanged with your significant other on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Kathleen Harrison: Bus lights, a blood moon and blind ambitions

This particular morning, as I eased my husband’s truck down the road, I witnessed the early morning sky lit only by the Super Blue Blood Moon hanging low in the horizon. The trip to Atlanta was to be a simple one: take two ultrasound units and place them on a shipment container filled with collected donations headed to Ghana for a springtime delivery.

Fred Gallagher: Bucket lists and Ordinary Time

gallagher fredThe holiday (or holy day) seasons are winding down now and we are reaching what the Church calls “Tempus Per Annum,” or time throughout the year. We know it as Ordinary Time and our present iteration of it goes from after Christmas to just before Lent. It is good, however, not to make the mistake of equating Ordinary Time with the mundane, the eventless or the boring.

What is it to be pro-life as a Catholic?

michalowskiToo often our understanding of what it is to be pro-life is seen from a domestic, political point of view. If we really understand what it is to be pro-life from the point of view of the past 50 years of papal teaching – the teaching of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis – it is to stand with Jesus Christ and His Incarnation.

Dr. Tom Neal: Symphonic faith

nealMore than 20 years ago, I knew a gentleman who had converted from atheism to the Catholic faith. He was a very bright man, a successful professional, a dilettantish philosopher of sorts and was filled with great passion for his newfound faith.


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