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Pencil Preaching for Friday, November 27, 2020

Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis

Long a staple of Catholic life, the rosary is back in the spotlight with the election of Joe Biden, who will become the nation’s second Catholic president when he is inaugurated in January. The president-elect often carries a set of rosary beads with him that once belonged to his son Beau, who died in 2015.  

High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action was a victory for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Orthodox Jewish synagogues that had sued to challenge state restrictions announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 6.

Forest therapy reawakens human connection to the natural world

The pandemic has given a new twist to forest therapy, as the guide connects with a group virtually, instead of on a two-hour walk in person. But the method, a series of invitations to open the senses, remains the same.

Food banks do their best to help families have a hearty Thanksgiving meal

Agencies like Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson are teaming up with other groups to make sure the growing number of families and individuals showing up at their doors are fed during the holidays.

Links: Thanksgiving set to music

A Thanksgiving Day roundup of songs of gratitude: Includes variations of "Te Deum," a trumpet-rich version of Bach's "Now thank we all our God," and "Let All Things Now Living" by the First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska

Amid the pandemic, finding peace in pie

Commentary: This is how it began: One night, during a pre-bedtime Instagram scroll, my eyes landed on an image that captivated me. It was no ordinary pie.

The rumble in Dorothy Day's soul still quakes 40 years after her death

Commentary: The most influential lay person in the history of American Catholicism may not be a household name or even well known in every Catholic institution, but some 150 houses of hospitality carry on in Dorothy Day's wake.

Your thoughts on abortion, Biden and the US bishops

Your thoughts: The president of the U.S. bishops' conference surprised some fellow bishops at the end of the virtual assembly with the announcement of the formation of a working group to examine President-elect Joe Biden's stance on abortion.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Thanksgiving is celebrated a bit differently with Francis and Brother Leo.