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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Nothing in our hands

Scripture for Life: Ask yourself, "How different would my life be if I didn't know about or believe in Christ?" Ask too, "When have I gotten caught in the net of Christ and the vision he offers?"

Mont-Saint-Michel serves as spritual oasis in secular times

With over 3 million people landing annually on Mont-Saint-Michel, the site provides a magnet for pilgrims seeking a link with those Christian roots, as well as an opportunity for quiet contemplation away from the rush of contemporary life.

Sun 22 July

16th Sunday in Ordinary TimeInvitatory Psalm | Office of Readings | Morning Prayer | Evening Prayer | Night Prayer | Mass(St Mary Magdalene) Mary of Magdala was healed of “seven devils” by Jesus. She ministered to him in Galilee and was present at his crucifixion. She was in the group of women who were the first to discover the empty tomb, and it was to her that the risen Jesus first appeared.The Western tradition is that Mary Magdalene is also “the woman who was a sinner” and the sister of Martha and Lazarus of Bethany. There is no evidence either way, and the tradition is tenuous enough for even such authorities as St Ambrose to hold, with the East, that they are three different people. It seems, therefore, that although the Western tradition is to be respected and is a real inspiration, it may not necessarily be historical. This kind of ambiguity is inevitable in a religion such as Christianity, which is founded on definite historical events rather than myths which can be adjusted into logicality. We need not worry about it too much: if it had been harmful to us to celebrate the tradition of heroic penitence, the Holy Spirit would not have allowed it.Even without the extra tradition, Mary Magdalene is a unique and important character in the story of the Resurrection, chosen by Christ as one of the first witnesses of the event that changed the world.See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.

Ex-chancellor of Santiago archdiocese arrested on abuse charges

As the Catholic Church in Chile continues to reel from allegations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, police arrested the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago on accusations he sexually abused minors.

Morning Briefing

NCR Today: What is really happening in Nicaragua? Our continuing series chronicling the refugee experience: Seeking Refuge. Worried about a post-Roe America? Reuniting children with families separated at the border is a slow process, but Catholics are helping. More thoughts on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

Preparations begin for Fr. Arrupe's sainthood cause, postulator says

The Jesuits' general postulator said he has begun compiling all of the writings of Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe and seeking eyewitnesses who can attest to the holiness of order's late superior general.

Episcopal convention approves a 'pastoral solution' on same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in their home parish even if their local bishop has moral objections to gay marriage, Episcopal Church leaders decided July 13.

Honolulu Diocese was a 'dumping ground for troubled clerics,' abuse report says

A new report on the sexual abuse of minors in the Honolulu Diocese, which covers the whole state of Hawaii, has been released by advocates of abuse victims, outlining key ways the diocese failed to protect children.

German Catholics' confusing attempt to allow Communion for Protestants

If you're a Protestant married to a Catholic in Germany, you might be able to receive Communion along with your spouse in the Catholic Church. Then again, you may not be welcome to do so.

Why Catholics and Jews dominate at the Supreme Court

Two days after he was nominated by President Trump to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh ladled mac and cheese into takeout trays outside Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C.