Editorial | A pathway out of poverty

Nobody does it better.

And it's due to a lot of help from people such as you.

In August 2014, Religion News Service carried an article titled "In some poor neighborhoods, the Catholic school is the only hope." The interview subject was Nicole Stelle Garnett, who with fellow University of Notre Dame professor Margaret F. Brinig wrote "Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America."

"There's a spillover into the community," Garnett said of the schools' impact.

Editorial | Recognize the earth as God's gift

Visiting a Third World country such as Honduras or an emerging economic powerhouse such as China provides a new appreciation of the environmental standards in the United States.

Editorial | Annual Catholic Appeal lets us be 'instruments of peace'

Annual Catholic Appeal

St. Francis' Peace Prayer is familiar to many of us:

"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy."

In that prayer, we don't ask God to be consoled, understood or loved. Rather, we ask to be the person to offer those actions as instruments of God's peace.

Editorial | Hearing the cry of the poor

Poverty is a complex issue, but it is not one of people simply being lazy, as we may often hear. Wage earners who are "downsized," seniors who can't afford critical medicine and families living on minimum wage are among those in poverty. A surprise illness or accident can be financially devastating, even for people used to living above the poverty line.

The U.S. bishops' Poverty USA initiative explains that living at the poverty line can mean making choices between food and medicine, getting to work or paying a utility bill -- choices no one ever wants to make.

Holy Week makes a difference

Pilgrims carried palm fronds and olive branches at a Palm Sunday procession last year on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem April 13. Christian pilgrims walked the path that Jesus took when He rode a donkey into Jerusalem.

Holy Week often is a powerful experience as processions, especially the Way of the Cross, and other devotional practices give people the opportunity to relive events in the Bible.

Taking part means identifying oneself with Christ, following in His footsteps and making His journey our own.

This is when we remember the last week of Jesus' life on earth, His Passion and Resurrection. It begins with Palm Sunday -- Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem -- and continues through the Easter triduum. It reaches the heart of being a Christian and places our thoughts on what Jesus did for us.

Editorial | Religious persecution pains us

You know it's serious when Pope Francis accuses the world of trying to hide the persecution of Christians.

It pains the pope, and we don't like to see the pope -- or so many others -- in pain.

"With pain, with much pain I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city Lahore in Pakistan, which have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries," Pope Francis said to a crowd of pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer March 15 in St. Peter's Square. A Taliban splinter group, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has claimed responsibility.

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