The pastoral nature of the episcopacy inspires our three bishop publishers to use the Florida Catholic as a forum to shine a light on issues of importance to Catholic faith. Whether reflecting on the different liturgical seasons of the Church, delving into the inspirational lives of the saints, or highlighting the good deeds of the local church, Bishops John Noonan, Gerald M. Barbarito and Frank J. Dewane hope visitors will gain insight from the words offered in their columns.
Are you hungry?
Who is hungry? This is what my mother would ask before gathering our family together for a meal. Then, she would ask us all to sit and eat as the meal is served. The Scripture for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time asks us the same question, “Who is hungry?” and through the prophet, Elisha, and St. Paul and Jesus, we receive the revelation of the gift of life: sustenance through God, for God. In these Scriptures, God feeds us, asks us to feed each other and we acknowledge our desire to be fed.
The Precious Blood gives us life
On June 30, Pope Francis spoke to various groups dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. He noted that his audience with them came on “the vigil of the month of July, when Christian piety turns in a special way to the blood of Christ.” As we enter into the culminating days of this month, it is good to reflect upon the Precious Blood for, as Pope Francis expressed, “the blood of Christ is the fount of salvation for the world.” God chose “the sign of blood because no other sign can express so eloquently the supreme love of a life given for others.”
Bishop reads to support literacy campaign
To the delight of young boys and girls, Bishop Frank J. Dewane read a book to children at Casa San Juan Bosco farmworker housing community of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. in Arcadia. The 39 children, from kindergarten through fourth grade, were participating in a summer afternoon reading program that was part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and made possible through the support of the Patterson Foundation with partnerships with the Community Foundation of Sarasota and the United Way Suncoast.
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2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project
When it comes to marking our ballots, reconciling politics with the values of the Gospel and the tenets of our Catholic faith can be difficult. If we take the time to become familiar with the candidates’ positions on key issues, we are better prepared to address this challenge.