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Published: April 15, 2020   
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No public Mass in state during 1918 influenza pandemic

The Diocese of Little Rock and many others throughout the world have experienced times when the public celebration of the Eucharist could not occur due to an epidemic. The influenza pandemic of 1918 was one time when Arkansans went weeks without being able to participate in the Mass.

Should we encourage non-Catholics to convert?

Q. At the Second Vatican Council, Catholics were told that we should accept non-Catholics as our “separated brethren” and that we shouldn’t be overly concerned if they don’t want to join the Catholic Church. Why the change? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Jesus must go to Passion because of love

There are several instances in the Gospels when Jesus foretells his Passion. In almost every instance, Jesus uses the word “must” to describe what he will undergo: “The Son of Man must go to Jerusalem” (Matthew 16:21), “The Son of Man must suffer many things” (Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22). It is important to ask what this word “must” means, and why Jesus uses it. (Columns)

Easter cheer even during a pandemic?

The other day, I was walking our dog, Xena, when I noticed that one of neighbors had her front lawn all decorated for Easter. This neighbor is known for having her front lawn all decked out for every holiday -- Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, you name it. Often, they are lit up at night, which is a sight I look forward to on my walks with Xena. (Guest Commentary)

‘Holy investment’ pays dividends

For the past 10 years, the Diocese of Little Rock has seen a jump in seminarians and ordinations, and thus a major increase in expenses. When a man commits to being a seminarian, the diocese commits to educate and care for him for six to eight years. This means sending him to college, buying his books, feeding him and housing him. On top of that you have insurance and other expenses just like you would have for any college student. (Editorial)

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