Religion

Our Lady Aparecida — The Real Madonna of the Amazon

What with all the kerfuffle over the Pachamama carvings, I wonder why Our Lady Aparecida has been so overlooked. At World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil, Pope Francis made sure to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, the second-largest Marian shrine in the world. Consecrated in 1980 by Pope John …

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The Only One to Change Is Ourselves

When I was at St. Mary’s in Stamford, which is a mostly-Hispanic parish, there used to be a running joke among the priests that all Hispanic women’s confessions began the same way: “Oh Padre, tengo problemas con mi esposo!” (“Oh, Father, I have many problems with my husband!”) And then they would proceed to tell …

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Respect devotees of KFC; don’t put the statue of Colonel Sanders in Church

Suppose a Catholic loves Kentucky Fried Chicken and talks about it incessantly. His fellow co-religionists may find it odd, worry about his arteries, but would likely consider him harmlessly eccentric. Suppose KFC Catholic decides to take it one step further. He carries the statue of Colonel Sanders in procession, places it on the altar, and …

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Stewardship

In the parable of the disobedient steward, the master entrusted his entire estate to this steward, who then squandered his master’s property. However, when the steward was confronted by his master, the steward changed his ways, going to his master’s debtors and collecting what was owed, but in a prudent fashion. When the master saw …

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