Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said. The Lord knows “the questions, doubts and difficulties that toss the boat of our heart, and so he reassures us, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear!'” the pope wrote in his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated May 3 in most dioceses.Read More.
With kids at home because schools are closed and online education on tap for at least several weeks, parents are wondering how to ensure that learning continues. For Catholic home-schooling families though, having kids learn at home is the norm.Longtime home-schoolers told Catholic News Service the current moment gives parents the chance to spend more one-on-one time with their children while teaching skills and creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.Read More.
While most of the work at a religious order’s general headquarters continues in lockdown, a group of Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit found an additional activity where they could use their hands, do something together and be useful. The sisters took to sewing face masks. “We cannot send them to hospitals, because those masks must have filters,” Sister Eleonora Cichon, a member of the sewing team, told Catholic News Service March 23.Read More.
Q. What is the Catholic Church’s position on donating body parts for medical science? (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. Let’s divide the answer into two parts: post-mortem transplants and those from living donors. Gifts from a donor who has clearly died — either to a living recipient or to scientific research — is the easier part.Read More.