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Feb. 25, 2022

Father Jon Miskin distributes Communion Jan. 25 at St. Raphael Church in Springdale. The Eucharist is one aspect of the faith Catholics can study and pray about during Lent. (Travis McAfee photo)

Lent 2022: Christ in the Eucharist 

Arkansas Catholic's Lenten special section focuses on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The Church believes that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus, but an August 2019 study by the Pew Research Center showed only 31 percent of Catholics believe Christ is present in the Eucharist. In this series, readers may discover how the real presence has touched the lives of priests and laypeople, examples of Eucharistic miracles, how to show proper respect and reverence, and  how fasting and abstinence during Lent prepare us for the Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death.

JUST ONE MINUTE

I am currently reading The Word on Fire Bible Vol 2. In Acts of the Apostles chapters 6 and 7 we meet St. Stephen, one of the Church's first deacons and its first martyr. “The Greek word Stephen means ‘crowned’ in Latin...In Hebrew, his name means ‘your norm’.” (WOF Bible p.70). This is a powerful invitation for us as believers. Remember Stephen was violently attacked verbally and physically. He responded with eloquent speech, and the enraged crowd saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. He prayed for those who were killing him unjustly. St. Stephen certainly is the norm, the standard for us as believers: to overcome evil with good, to pray for those who persecute us and bless those who curse us.

Reflection: Today, spend some time with Jesus. In prayer, bring to him someone who has harmed you. Offer this person to Jesus. What is your experience? 

Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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St. John of God

March 8

St. John of God (1495-1550) had a conversion experience after hearing a sermon by St. John of Ávila and devoted himself to sheltering and caring for the needy. He drew many followers who organized the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. St. John is the patron saint of hospitals and the sick. Today the order operates more than 300 medical facilities in 53 countries.

DAVE SAYS

What exactly is an executor?

Personal financial counselor Dave Ramsey says Gabe asks a great question when he wants to know, what exactly is an executor, and what part do they play in someone’s will?

WHAT'S NEW? 

Filling a void 

After Subiaco Abbey announced it was looking for Benedictine Father Lawrence Hoyt's nearly century-old “School Children’s Prayerbook and Missal," four copies have been donated and added to its archives. 
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Ash Wednesday
March 2

FEBRUARY DATEBOOK

26: Convalidation Day, Little Rock
26-27: 2022 Arkansas Catholic Subscription Drive
27: 2022 Diocesan Confirmation Retreat, Little Rock
27: Youth Advisory and Adult Advisory Councils Meeting, Little Rock

QUOTE UNQUOTE

"Faith is not reduced to a set of theoretical beliefs and traditions or a set of customs. It is a bond and a journey following Jesus, who always renews our way of seeing the world and our brothers and sisters."

— Pope Francis, Feb. 19

February aSpirations

Baseball Bishop: "Same name" fuels fandom
• Lingering pandemic impacts kids’ mental health
Knights & Ladies of Peter Claver still valuable today as when it was founded 113 years ago.
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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