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DEAR FATHER | Scriptures, legends shine light on where first apostles shared the Gospel

Before His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). While these words were meant for the whole Church, the apostles were the first to embrace them. They traveled, sometimes great distances, to preach the Gospel. All but one of the apostles were martyred for their belief in Christ and proclaiming Him to others.

With that, let us look at what the apostles did after Pentecost:

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God is glorified when we embrace His will

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that submission to God brings about His glory. In the first reading, Abraham instinctively practices the virtue of hospitality by inviting three men, traveling through the hot desert, a shade tree, water to bathe their sore feet and refreshing food.

He is the father of our faith, and his descendants were reminded to practice hospitality to strangers. Unknowingly, Abraham entertained three angels who told him that in one year his aged wife would be expecting a child.

Dear Father | Catholic Bible used by all Christians until the Reformation

Q. What is the difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles?A. Perhaps not as much as you might think. But, yes, there are differences, and that's why some Bibles are stamped "Catholic Edition," or "With Apocrypha," or another designation to distinguish them from the "Protestant Edition" (Catholic Bibles also bear the Nihil Obstat).

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW |

"Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh."
Today we celebrate the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the mother of Christendom. This is the oldest and the most prestigious of the four basilicas in Rome -- the official basilica of the Holy Father. From the chair in this basilica, the pope delivers ex cathedra statements.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Prayer, Scriptures help us in our battle against Satan

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

We are at war, whether we choose to admit it or not. At our baptism, we were taken from the kingdom of Satan and placed into the kingdom of God. That is when the war for our souls started, and Satan has never ceased to battle us in our new life in Christ.

This battle between Satan and Jesus Christ is good for us! It helps define who we really are. How can we grow in the love of God if we are not challenged by the evil one?

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