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Jan, 13, 2023

As a student in Rome, then-Deacon Andrew Hart met Pope Benedict in his papal apartment when he was invited by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor to join him in his ad limina visit to the Vatican in 2012. (photo courtesy Father Andrew Hart)

Papal legacy

Pope Benedict XVI was unfairly labeled as hardline and stern, but those who had the chance to meet him were impressed with his humility and quiet demeanor. After the retired pope died Dec. 31, Arkansans and other Church leaders looked back on his impact on the world and the Church. 
Pope Benedict is buried in the same tomb that once held the remains of____________
A. St. John XXIII
B. Pope St. John Paul II
C. St. Paul VI
(Answer at the bottom)


In baptism, parents agree to teach the faith to the child in word and deed. This can be pretty daunting at times. St. Edith Stein, who was a college professor before entering the Carmelite order, offers this wisdom for teaching: “Children do not need merely what we have, but rather what we are,” and “The entire educational process must be carried out with love ... And the most effective educational method is not the word of instruction but the living example, without which all words remain useless.” The living example of faith is the most potent method of teaching. Our children learn forgiveness and mercy from us. They learn tough love and accountability from us. They learn to forgive when we ask for forgiveness when we have sinned against them or the family.

Reflection: Today, visit with Jesus about what areas of the faith you are passing on well through example. Visit with him about an area that you notice needs to improve.  

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Francis de Sales
Jan. 24

Ordained in 1593, St. Francis de Sales spent four years reconverting Catholics who had become Calvinists, writing many tracts to explain basic tenets of the faith. Canonized in 1665 and declared a doctor of the church in 1877, Francis is the patron saint of journalists, authors and the deaf.


Wait to buy a house

I’ve always been told buying a house is the adult thing to do, but I can’t find anything decent and livable in my area for less than $350,000. My wife and I are debt-free, and we’re expecting our first baby in January. I was hoping to get your advice.
Three things to know ...


Praying for life

The 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision will be remembered Jan. 21-22 in Little Rock during the annual Eucharistic Procession for Life, Mass for Life and March for Life. Join the procession and Mass downtown, starting at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 22. 



14: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass, Little Rock
16: MLK holiday, diocesan offices and schools closed
22: Eucharistic Profession for Life and Mass for Life, Little Rock
29: Catholic Schools Week begins


The world is filled with "empty promises of pleasure and nonstop media controversies, the idolatry of fitness. Everything seems to tell us: Don't overthink things; let go and enjoy life!"

— Pope Francis, Jan. 6

January aSpirations

• Thief destroys Subiaco Abbey's altar
Brother Gabriel takes final vows at Subiaco

• Conway cooks fed Search retreats for 20 years
Answer: B
He is buried in the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica, in the same tomb that formerly held the remains of St. John Paul II.

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