Widows’ witness

This November, as we remember our departed in a particular way, it is a good time to remember also that the church offers comfort for the men and women left behind when a beloved spouse dies. Widows and widowers have a life full of dignity, purpose and mission. As Vatican II declared, “Widowhood, accepted bravely as a continuation of the marriage vocation, should be esteemed by all.”

Our deceased loved ones are safely in God's loving hands

In these November days, as we look out our windows and walk the streets watching leaves fall against the backdrop of a wet, gray sky, the Church reminds us that we Christians are full of hope. Why, during what might seem a season of gloom, are we full of hope? Because we are never alone.

How to cope with holiday grief

I was startled a few weeks ago when familiar feelings of grief surfaced. It was evening, mid-October, and there was a sadness I hadn't felt for a while.

Pray for the dead

In this final month of the Year of Mercy, please practice one of the spiritual works of mercy by praying for the following priests, deacons and religious sisters who have died in the past year (Sept. 1, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2016).

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