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March 11, 2022

Franciscan Father Tom Gallagher, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, prays during an annual "Pre-Pride Festive Mass" June 26, 2021. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

LGBTQ Christians looking for welcome

During the Synod on Synodality, the Church will be listening to many groups, including current and former Catholics who identify as LGBTQ. Some shared their stories of faith and identity with Arkansas Catholic
According to the most recent Gallup poll, what percentage of the U.S. population identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)?

a. 3.6 percent
b. 4.3 percent
c. 7.1 percent

(Answer at the bottom)


The book of Job is a deep examination of the question of suffering. Why do bad things happen? Why is there suffering at all? Why do the good and innocent suffer? Job suffers the death of loved ones, financial loss and bodily illness to an extreme, yet his deepest suffering is that he feels as if he has been abandoned by God. He speaks from this gaping wound and experiences God’s response. God is present, loving and faithful in suffering. We see in Jesus that God is especially present to us in our suffering. This is a profound biblical truth that our suffering is not a barrier to God’s nearness, but actually a call to deeper tenderness from him.

Reflection: How do you experience God’s nearness or distance in suffering? Does the biblical truth offer any wisdom for you going forward at this time?

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Óscar Romero

March 24

Óscar Romero (1917-1980) was archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's brutal civil war. He was critic of unjust military and government actions and a vigorous defender of the powerless and the poor. After calling for international intervention, he was assassinated March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass.  His canonization was celebrated by Pope Francis on Oct. 14, 2018.  


Saving money for date night 

We’re trying to control our budget and pay off debt. My husband brings home $3,400 a month, and thinks we should set aside $200 for a date night once a month. Under the current circumstances, I feel like this is too much. What do you think?


Catholic Business 360  

Catholic business leaders are gathering at Subiaco Abbey March 13-16 to attend the inaugural Catholic Business 360 Conference. The two-and-a-half day event will include a retreat and sessions focused on Christian values. 


12: 2022 Women's Discernment Group Meeting, Little Rock
13: Youth Advisory & Adult Advisory Councils Meeting, Little Rock
17-20: 2022 Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat, Little Rock
21-25: Spring Break for Catholic Schools


"Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine. It is not merely a military operation, but a war, which sows death, destruction and misery."

— Pope Francis condemning
the war in Ukraine
March 6

March aSpirations

• MSM's Anya Ratycz raises funds for Ukraine
• Arkansan featured in Project Rachel video

• A Catholic you want to know: Alma Stewart 

Answer: (c)
According to a 2021 Gallup poll, 7.1 percent of the U.S. population identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). 

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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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