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July 8, 2022

Pro-life demonstrators in Washington celebrate outside the Supreme Court June 24, as the court overruled the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision in its ruling in the Dobbs case on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. (CNS photo/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

50 years of prayers fulfilled 

On the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its previous rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Catherine Phillips, respect life director of the Diocese of Little Rock, called it a "happy day,” but said “there’s lots of work to do here to support women that are unexpectedly pregnant, to support families in need.”
With the Supreme Court's June 24 ruling, in how many states is abortion illegal?

A. 10
B. 20
C. 50

(Answer at the bottom)


Most friends and family members have nicknames for each other. Many of those are so intimate that they are only spoken in the family house. Some are not and are used at all times. Nicknames communicate a closeness, a special knowing of the person. In Mark 3:17 Jesus gives James and John a nickname. He calls them sons of thunder. I wonder if he is referring to them or their dad.

Reflection: Spend some time today with Jesus. What is a nickname he would give you to communicate his deep knowing of you and nearness? What is a nickname you would call Jesus that communicates who he is for you?

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14

The daughter of a Mohawk chief and Algonquin woman, Kateri was orphaned in a smallpox epidemic that left her partially blind and disfigured. She was baptized by a French missionary visiting her village in New York state. But, her faith and refusal to marry caused trouble, and she fled to an Indian community near Montreal, where she was revered by French and Indians alike for her mystical gifts and kindness. The “Lily of the Mohawk” is the patron of Native Americans, refugees and the disabled.


Dad's inheritance decision

My father-in-law passed away and left life insurance policies to my wife and each of her siblings. My wife received more than the others. Her sister who received the smallest amount is angry, wants more and is causing a real dilemma within the family. I told my wife I am OK with doing what she feels is best. What are your thoughts? 
Dad had a plan.


46 new deacons

After six years of preparation, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor ordained 46 new permanent deacons to serve the Diocese of Little Rock. The Bishop ordained 26 men June 11 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock and 20 men June 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers. Meet the diocese's new deacons in Arkansas Catholic's special sections, available in English and Spanish


22-24: Arkansas Catholic Charismatic Conference, North Little Rock
23-24: Advisory Councils Retreat, Little Rock
24-30: Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
27-28: Catholic Schools Principals' Retreat, Subiaco 


"Two women will be appointed for the first time in the committee to elect bishops in the Congregation for Bishops. This way, things are opening up a bit."

— Pope Francis to Philip Pullella,
the Reuters' Vatican correspondent, 
on expanding the role of women
in Church decision-making

July aSpirations

• Bishop's Eucharistic Procession in Little Rock
• Little Rock Catholics act as extras in ‘Chosen’

• Fort Smith monastery's demolition inevitable
Answer: B

With the Supreme Court's June 24 ruling, abortion is now illegal in 20 states.

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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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