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With Jesus, Mary as guides, how are we answering God’s call to serve?
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
I recently read the book “Each Little Bird That Sings” by Deborah Wiles, about a family who runs a small, southern town’s funeral home. So, yes, death is mentioned quite a lot and dealt with respectfully and humbly. The family’s motto was “We live to serve.”
Success predicted for Why Catholic? program by third week of Lent
Dr. Linda Webster
I’m going to make a prediction. By the third week of Lent, the Why Catholic? program will be a resounding success throughout the Diocese of Little Rock. Why? The program is such an exciting opportunity to do something positive during Lent; something almost indulgent. Visiting one another.
Proclaiming Word of God to benefit listeners requires skillful delivery
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
There is a difference between reading for others and reading for yourself. If you can read well for the public you can usually read well for yourself. The reverse is not true. You may be able to read with great comprehension privately and be a very poor public reader.
Reconciliation is personal encounter with Christ
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
For 38-year-old Eduardo Martinez, the sacrament of reconciliation is the gift of time with his friend, Jesus Christ. He goes at least every two weeks because he can’t wait any longer than that to see his friend.
Reconciliation and Lent
Arkansas Catholic
“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart ...” (Joel 2:12) This Scripture begins the first reading on Ash Wednesday,Feb.21, and sets the tone for the entire season of Lent.
Catholics observing Passover Seder to learn Jewish heritage
Marilyn Lanford, Rogers Correspondent - Arkansas Catholic
In the past two decades, there has been a growing interest for Catholics in the significance and symbolism found in the Jewish celebration of Passover, the oldest religious festival in Judaism. It refers to God’s deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt as described in Exodus 12:13.
How to go to Confession
Arkansas Catholic
1. PREPARATION: Before going to confession, the penitent (person going to confession) compares his or her life with the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the example of Christ and then prays to God for forgiveness.
Mystery of God to be explored through sacraments, Scripture, prayer
Msgr. Richard Oswald
In every celebration of the Eucharist, following the consecration of the bread and wine, the celebrant issues the invitation, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.” All sing out a profession of their faith in the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and his promise to return in glory.
Allowing only priests to purify vessels is sign of reverence for Eucharist
Charlotte Miller
The announcement that extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (previously known as eucharistic ministers) will no longer purify Communion vessels has caused somewhat of a stir among the laity — perhaps among the ordained, also, but I am not privy to their responses.
Mass music is meant for whole assembly’s full, active participation
Dr. Linda Webster
Music — it soothes the soul and shouts praise to our creator. It expresses joy, sorrow, hope and even gives voice to our fears. We’ve all sung from the time we were children.

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