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Pencil Preaching for Monday, July 13, 2020

New trees for the motherhouse -- and what they might suggest

The red maple can can flourish in any type of soil, moist or dry, a bit like a strong marriage.

Parables everywhere

Pencil Preaching for Sunday, July 12, 2020

In a society that places heavy burdens on many, Jesus invites us to rest

Young Voices: God calls us all to live in the fullness of God's reign, especially those who are laboring within a system that dehumanizes them, ignores them, takes advantage of them, even kills them.

After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

Losing a mother and grieving during a pandemic

Perspective: I did not weep in the few minutes I had inside the funeral home or at the abbreviated graveside service. It all happened so fast: COVID-19 robbed us — and more importantly, Mom — of a proper goodbye, leaving me feeling hollow, hurt, angry and guilty.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The certainty of God's future

Scripture for Life: Whether or not we see it, God's grace is at work in our world. Jesus elaborates on this in the parable of the sower, telling us not to worry about what seems to be wasted, but to concentrate on the seed in good ground.

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

Nearly every bishop responding to a survey said the coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the celebration of the sacraments and rites and sacramental preparation programs in their dioceses.

COVID-19 is more than a public health challenge: It's a moral test

Signs of the Times: The time is already past to admit that the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is a moral crisis, not simply a public health and economic crisis. 

EarthBeat Weekly: Where 100 or more of us are gathered…

A gathering of NCR members recalls some words to live by for journalists: Our readers know more than we do.