News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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November 13, 2020

Many Catholics find pandemic stress translates into anxiety and even depression. Find constructive ways to deal with your emotional strain — and learn when you need more than self help. (Shutterstock photo by Altanaka)

Troubled thoughts

We've been through a lot in 2020. Our families, the country and the world just need a break. If stress, fear and anxiety are troubling you, here are sneak peeks at some tips, heartening words from saints and Scriptures to ease your mind. 


“He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) It is a profound mystery that we have been healed and set free to live as children of God by Jesus’ suffering. Each of us in a way has also borne the pain of other's sins. We have all been wounded. If we let Jesus into those wounded spaces he can recreate them, heal them and make them spaces for healing of others.

Reflection: Have you ever been able to connect in a deeply compassionate way with someone’s pain because you had been through something similar? That is God's grace in action. Will you allow God to continue to heal and remake the wounded spaces in you for the healing of yourself and others? Visit with the Lord today about your moment of deep compassionate connection and where you desire deeper healing.

 — Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17

Elizabeth had a happy marriage and children and was devoted to the poor and sick. After her husband died during a Crusade, she became a Third Order Franciscan in Germany and founded a hospital. She is the patron of bakers, young brides, widows, those falsely accused, countesses and secular Franciscans.
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Will she be OK?

My mother-in-law works hard and has no debt, but she also has no savings or retirement accounts. What can I do to help her plan for the future? 
Not savings, but ...


How to support appeal

The Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal kicks off this weekend. All money will go to students in schools with the most need. With fundraising down in schools, the appeal will be more needed than ever.
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21-22: Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection in parishes
22: Solemnity of Christ the King
26-27: Thanksgiving holiday, diocesan offices closed
29: First Sunday of Advent
Many events in the diocese have been changed or canceled


"I renew my closeness to all victims of every form of abuse and the Church's commitment to eradicate this evil."

— Pope Francis, Nov. 10, following the release of the report of how sex abuse rumors about Theodore McCarrick were handled 

November aSpirations

•  Sister Kimberly now leading St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith
•  New campus ministry center coming to UCA campus in Conway
•  Little Rock foundation is promoting Catholic boarding schools as option
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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