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An Urgent Request from Pope Francis: September 1 to be World Day of Prayer for Creation [Prayer Meditation with Youth]

An Urgent Request from Pope Francis: September 1 to be World Day of Prayer for Creation [Prayer Meditation with Youth]

As an artist, I am often inspired to try and imitate or reproduce the beauty I see in nature. With my paint brush, I can sweep colors of paint across a canvas to try and portray the splendor of a brilliant pink, yellow, orange, and purple sunset. Yet, try as I might, my paintings never fully capture the magnificence of the actual sunset. My artistic attempts cannot duplicate the real thing. It’s like traveling to a stunning location and wanting to freeze the moment in a photograph. A picture, even taken with the most expensive camera, still is not as satisfying as being at the location yourself. Of course this begs the question, does art imitate life or does life imitate art? For those who believe in a God of “All Creation,” the answer is always art imitates life. God is the original master or "artist" and humankind might try to replicate the original, but we cannot fully duplicate the master's handiwork. All the natural beauty and mystery that surround us is something we as humans cannot recreate. I can paint a sunset but I cannot originate one. But I can however, look upon a sunset with reverence and honor for the incredible gift of the fleeting beauty it offers. I can stand before a sunset and feel amazed in knowing that I am part of all that is God’s glorious creation. It is humbling to consider that the care of all this mystery and magnificence has been entrusted to us. Our vocation from God is to care for the very creation that inspires us.

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Transforming Ministries

Transforming Ministries
Attention: Ministry Leaders Dear Friends,Parishes, schools, dioceses, and ministry centers across the country are finding ways to act with love and respond to youth and families during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Ministry Development joins you in serving, responding, and persisting. We are striving to do everything possible t...
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Anti-Racism is the Only Catholic Response

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After the recent death of George Floyd, Pope Francis sent a strong message to U.S. Catholics condemning the "sin of racism" and asking us to pay attention to the racism that is happening in our own communities and churches. According to the Holy Father, "We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sac...
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