Two widows are featured in the sacred texts today. The text from Kings tells the plight of a Sidonian woman. With no husband, no inheritance rights and no voice, she was dependent upon her son, the man of the family. So it was with the widow of Nain in the Gospel: Her son, her only son, was her legal protector. When both widows lost their sons to death, they suffered not only the loss of a beloved child but also the loss of their rights -- or, as Bonnie Bowman Thurston has put it, they lost their “social security” (The Widows, Fortress Press, 1989).
May 24- June 6, 2013
From the beginning, believers in Jesus had no doubt as to the wondrousness of the gift they received in Eucharist.
Paul’s faith in this great mystery is clearly evident in today’s second reading. His description of Jesus’ great gift predates those of the evangelists and reflects the growing faith of the early community.
EVANGELICAL CATHOLICISM: DEEP REFORM IN THE 21ST-CENTURY CHURCH
By George Weigel
Published by Basic Books, $27.99
Opinion: The outcome of the June 14 Iranian elections will make little difference as long as power remains with hard-line clerics.
My Table is Spread: Most advice we give graduates today is economic. Where is faith in these commencement speeches?
Essay: For a family separated when the bombs went off near the finish line, nothing was worse than not knowing.
Review: This film and the profound questions it evokes about evil and human responsibility will be well worth your time.
Expecting a delayed farm bill to finally go through Congress before June, advocates -- among them four Catholic entities in a joint letter -- are reminding representatives of their priorities as a bill is being hashed out.
In a May 9 letter to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Catholic groups outlined domestic hunger, international food security, conservation, rural development and subsidies as key issues to be treated in a farm bill.
Human trafficking is so widespread that congregations of women religious are uniting in a nationwide effort to limit its reach.
The effort will focus on broader education about sex and labor trafficking, legislative advocacy for stricter laws and penalties for traffickers, and wider support for victims through much-needed social services and employment.
Conventional wisdom tells us Chávez was a despot who destroyed a once vibrant democracy, but others see another side.