By Junno Arocho Esteves | Catholic News Service | twitter:@arochoju
VATICAN CITY — Hope can't remain hidden within, but must break free to overcome vengeful, mafia-like mentalities with mercy and humility, Pope Francis said.
Christians must give witness to hope through their lives as Jesus did and make room for Him in their hearts to fight evil by doing good to others, even their enemies, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 5.
By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
God must have wanted a newly refurbished altar.
Or so it seems to residents of St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services residence in south St. Louis. They enjoyed a series of fortunate events that led to a sorely needed replacement altar.
Ken Grant is one of two sacristans who set up St. Agnes' multipurpose room each Saturday for Mass, but the altar was unstable. In search of a replacement, Grant contacted Deacon Joe Streckfuss of the archdiocesan Reclamation Center, which stores items — such as altars — from closed parishes and other facilities for re-use in the future.
In these days of racial tension in our country, we are all searching for some gentility, some sense of true Christianity in our midst. And as I rode in the car with one of my most-treasured friends, Mike Hopkins, on our return from a writing conference at the University of Iowa, he related to me a story which shows that respect -- no, even love -- for members of other races existed in the past and surely can today.