aSpire: News from the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
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January 25, 2019
A seminarian carrying a cross and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus lead the procession near the Arkansas River. (Photo by Malea Hargett)

A pro-life state

News you might have missed in 200 words

Arkansas has been described as the second most pro-life state in the country. This is mainly because of the number of laws enacted by the state legislature to restrict abortion.

Many pro-life Catholics demonstrated their respect for life by participating in the diocese's first Eucharistic Procession for Life in addition to the annual Mass for Life and March for Life. While teens attended the Weekend for Life, adults and families could learn during the new Hearts for Life conference. 
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor continued to emphasize the Church's teachings that respecting life means taking a position on a broad range of other issues as well as abortion. 

"This Gospel of Life that we proclaim places the sacredness of the human person at the center of our teaching and thus touches every aspect of life — in the womb, at the end of life and every stage in between," the bishop said in his Mass for Life homily

Stark statistics

In 2017, the latest available data, there were 3,249 abortions in Arkansas, 42 more than in 2016, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Aborted children ranged in gestation from less than five weeks, 638, to one at 20 weeks, or five months. There were 28 aborted at 19 weeks, in the second trimester, according to the ADH report. There were 921 medication abortions and 2,328 surgical abortions, through suction or through dilation and evacuation, termed in pro-life circles as “dismemberment abortion.”

January in review

You might have missed these stories that appeared in January issues of Arkansas Catholic:
  • Hospitals in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Sherwood and Morrilton are getting new owners. Catholic Health Initiatives is merging with Dignity Health to form a new company called CommonSpirit Health. 
  • Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, has moved to Indiana for health reasons. Her impact was felt on multiple social justice issues in the diocese, especially trying to abolish the death penalty. 
  • At least 41 dioceses and archdioceses in the U.S. have joined the Diocese of Little Rock in releasing the names of clergy with credible allegations of sexual misconduct. One of the biggest disclosures is expected Jan. 31 when the 15 dioceses in Texas jointly release their names.
  • After more than a year without a facility of their own, Blessed Sacrament Church in Jonesboro has finally moved into their new church building. It now shares grounds with the parish school and Knights of Columbus hall.

Just one minute

 “How can we live differently and attractively to modern culture? By inspiring every person and every environment we touch with Holy Moments. It’s time for Christians to astound the world with our generosity, kindness, patience, courage, thoughtfulness and selfless care for the weak, poor and forgotten.” (Dynamic Catholic)

Reflection: Who has inspired you in living your faith? Who has really embodied what it means to be a good Catholic/Christian for you? Share that story with someone today. 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

February Datebook

2: National Catholic Schools Week ends

2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

2-3: Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal in all parishes

2-3: Arkansas Catholic subscription drive kicks off

2-3: World Day for Consecrated Life

2: Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference, Little Rock

3: Memorial of St. Blaise

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Retirement path

What happens to my Roth 401(k) when I change jobs and go to a company that doesn’t offer this type of investment savings account? How should you proceed in this situation?

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"It is a grave sin to belittle or despise the gifts that the Lord has given our brothers and sisters, and to think that God somehow holds them in less esteem."

— Pope Francis, Jan. 18

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