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News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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Sept. 24, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with a child as he meets an Afghan refugee family at Ramstein Air Base in Germany Sept. 8, 2021. (CNS photo/Olivier Douliery, pool via Reuters)

Afghan allies in Arkansas

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced 98 Afghan refugees would be resettled in Arkansas with assistance from faith-based organizations and local sponsors. Catholic Charities of Arkansas will resettle up to 49 Afghan refugees who fled their country following the return of the Taliban. The Diocese of Little Rock’s Refugee Resettlement Office is working to welcome the newcomers to the Natural State. 

JUST ONE MINUTE

Have you ever had to walk through a cold, driving wind? The type that cuts right through your clothes and chills you within seconds? Whenever I’m in a wind like that this Scripture verse comes to my heart: “I have set my face like flint...” (Is 50:7). Scholars remark that this verse (as well as verses 4-6) refer to Jesus, particularly to his suffering. I think of Jesus’ rock-solid resolve to do whatever is necessary to show his love for us and to endure all evil that we are capable of heaping on him. I find this verse very encouraging and inspiring. I like to take this verse and shine it on my resolve, my commitments, my vows as a disciple, husband, father, employee, deacon.

Reflection: Take some time today with Jesus and this Scripture. Visit with him about your resolve to your vows to him in baptism and marriage. Ask for what you need. Listen deeply. When life gets difficult, take your problems to Jesus. Ask for help. Listen for his response.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Sept. 29

These archangels, messengers sent by God, are the only ones named in the Bible. Michael is viewed as a guide to heaven and guardian of the church. Gabriel announced the births of John the Baptist and Christ. Tradition honors Raphael, an angel of healing, as head of guardian angels, those who hear prayers and bring them to God. The Church created their joint feast after the Second Vatican Council.
 

DAVE SAYS

Work on a friendly resolution

My husband and I own a small business. We have a large account providing wholesale items to a client. Our original agreement was to work on 30-day payment periods, but he is three months behind on the bill. We live in a small town, and the businesses here stick together and help each other out, so we don’t want to ruin the relationship. 
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WHAT'S NEW? 

Secondhand success

St. Edward Parish was forced to close its school in 2019 after 134 years of existence. A year later, it converted its former convent and church office into a thrift store to help the Little Rock church bring in more than $40,000 annually. Read more on why parishioners say the store is a church mission, gathering place and how its revenue has been "a godsend."  
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Happy Fall, Y'all!

OCTOBER DATEBOOK

1: 27th Annual Red Mass, Little Rock
3: Respect Life Sunday
3-31: Respect Life Month
9-10: Youth Advisory Council Meeting, Little Rock
15-17: 2021 Catholic Campus Ministry Fall Retreat,, Little Rock

QUOTE UNQUOTE

"Our expressions of sorrow must be converted into concrete pathways of reform to both prevent further abuse and to give confidence to others that our efforts will bring about real and reliable change."

— Pope Francis on errors in dealing with clergy abuse, Sept. 20

September aSpirations

CHS played in inaugural Catholic Bowl in Texas
• Jeff Hines of Fort Smith joins Faith Formation Office
• Arkansas parishes send help to Haiti
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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