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June 24, 2022

Pro-life demonstrators are seen near the Supreme Court in Washington June 15. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Landmark decision

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned its previous rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey this morning, holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion, in a decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case centered on a Mississippi law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read Catholic News Service's breaking story, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's response and follow Arkansas Catholic for more information on the decision.


I have heard it said that we do not choose the saints that we are attracted to, but they choose us. I have found that to be true in many fun and uncanny ways. Maybe Scripture passages work in a similar way. St. Paul's message in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 has haunted me, allured me and transformed me for decades: “but he (the Lord) said to me (St. Paul), ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ ... for when I am weak, then I am strong.” This is so contrary to our experience in the world of athletics and business. But it rings true to our experience of human experience, family experience. Notice the magnetic attraction of a baby or how the need of an elderly person draws out the best in us. We can see how the weakness of others draws out strength in us. The power of this Scripture is to notice how our own weakness draws down the power of God, draws up the life of God from within. 

Reflection: What is a Scripture passage that is meaningful to you? Spend some time with it today.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Maria Goretti

July 6

Maria Goretti was born to a poor farming family in Italy who were forced to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. One day 20-year-old Alessandro Serenelli tried to rape the 11-year old Maria. When she resisted, he stabbed her 14 times. Before she died of the injuries, she forgave him. While in prison, Serenelli had a dream that Maria gave him lilies, which burned his hands. When he was released, he begged her mother's forgiveness and became a lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Maria was beatified in 1947 and canonized in 1950.


Is it thrilling to lose money? 

Sometimes on vacation trips, I like to check out casinos. I always account for the money I wager in my budget, and I never spend more than I’ve allotted. How do you feel about gambling at a casino, as long as you limit your spending this way?
Gambling “for fun?


Diocese's synodal report

The Diocese of Little Rock has submitted its report to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Synod on Synodality in 2023. People were asked to share their thoughts on the Church to better understand the concerns and challenges families, communities and parishes are experiencing.


9-10: Peter's Pence Collection
9: Priesthood Discernment Retreat July 2022, northwest Arkansas
10: Deacon Recommitment Mass, Little Rock
22-24: Arkansas Catholic Charismatic Conference, North Little Rock 


"Evangelization is the mission of the church, evangelization in the joy of the Church."

— Pope Francis
to members of the society of 
Missionaries of Africa at the Vatican
June 13

June aSpirations

UAMS caring for Arkansas' Afghan refugees
Joe Giompoletti named Knight of the Year

• Diocese starts Catholic Foundation of Arkansas
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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