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Prayer against tornadoes?/Are the rich evil?/Divorced and remarried as eucharistic ministers?

Posted April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

Q Would you please print a prayer of protection against tornadoes? Tornado warnings get my full attention. Recently, six tornadoes touched down here in Middle Tennessee on the same day.

The television news had warned that the last of the six was headed to the next road over from ours. That is too close for me. The next time we might not be so lucky. (McMinnville, Tennessee)

A I am not aware of any specific prayer against tornadoes, but I do know that St. Medard is traditionally regarded as the patron saint against bad weather. He was a bishop in France during the first half of the sixth century.

Legend has it that when he was a child, he was

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    The drama of Holy Week

    Three years ago, The Catholic Commentator carried a story with pictures of a “traveling Way of the Cross” in some of our towns below Baton Rouge. It began in Convent on the Mississippi River and ended in the church parking lot of Holy Rosary Church Parish in St. Amant. If I remember correctly, the cross was carried from one town to another on foot by a procession of people following alternate cross bearers. The cross even had wheels on the bottom so

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    Good Friday

    was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it grew dark in the middle of the day. Few images are more telling. As Jesus hung upon the cross, seemingly, light gave way to darkness, love to hatred, and life to death. How can that be good?

    Moreover,

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    A divided church?

    We sometimes hear that American Catholics are divided: Some advance the church’s teaching on abortion, others promote its teachings on peace and economic justice. And those factions are at war.

    I seldom saw this among the bishops or their national staff, where I once served. We each had areas of expertise, but we knew we were advancing one vision of human dignity. But the divide can exist among Catholic activists who don’t work day by day alongside good Catholics committed

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    Did Jesus feel abandoned?/Prayers during adoration

    Q When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, “My God, why have you abandoned me?” Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, Kentucky)

    A Half a century ago, when I first began to think about the meaning of scriptural verses, the conventional explanation was this: The passage you quote is only the first verse of Psalm 22, a prayer well-known to Jews of Christ’s time.

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    Prayer, our deepest longing

    Stealing a reading project from our school system, Catholics were urged to all read the same book for this Lent. Its author is Father Ronald Rolheiser, the priest whose very good writing graces almost every issue of the The Catholic Commentator. His book, “Prayer: Our Deepest Longing,” is ideal in its subject matter for the Lenten season and in its length, just 95 pages. So, if you have not read it yet, and you are feeling guilty because now we are ending the fourth week of Lent, and your

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    Father Nelson eulogizes Father Mike Collins at memorial Mass

    Mike was a true brother to me. For this I will always love him. For this I will be always thankful. As a brother, priest and friend, he brought me to a better place. He made me laugh, often. And he made me stronger. In my years as a priest, I have been blessed with three great priest-mentors: Father Jerry Young, Father Tom Ranzino and Mike. These past few days, especially, I again realize how lucky I am.

    Many of you

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    Sunday Mass obligation/New luminous mystery?

    Q In the Bible, Jesus says: “Do this in memory of me.” But he doesn’t say that it has to be done every Sunday and holy day. So many young people are falling away from the church because of its rigidity.

    Please explain why we are obligated. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

    A The responsibility to gather on Sundays for the Eucharist has been recognized by Christians since the earliest days of

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    Mourning our barrenness

    Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had as one of my students, a woman who, while happily married, was unable to conceive a child. She had no illusions about what this meant for her. It bothered her a great deal. She found Mother’s Day very difficult. Among other things, she wrote a well-researched thesis on the concept of barrenness in Scripture and developed a retreat on that same theme which she offered at various renewal centers.

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    Prayer as a spiritual work of mercy

    The seventh and final spiritual work of mercy is “Pray for the living and the dead.” St. Faustina, the patron saint of mercy, commented, “If I cannot show mercy by deeds, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.” And prayer works. It is a spontaneous response when good things happen to those whom we love as well as when hardship or suffering strikes them. Prayer creates a solidarity between us who pray and those for whom

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