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Each of Us is a Corpus Christi Procession

By Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, ASC

On Sunday, Catholics celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – formerly, Corpus Christi — but mostly, without the triumphant liturgical processions that marked the celebration years ago.

In those days, the Eucharist was carried out of the Church, often under a fancy canopy, so that the Christian faithful could publicly profess faith and worship of the Blessed Sacrament.

The procession and canopy are not unlike the big tent crusades led years ago by preachers, such as Rev. Billy Graham, where people came forward to profess their faith,

Pope Francis: Are You Listening? Women Can Give You an Earful

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

In October 1979, in another lifetime and two popes ago, Mercy Sister Theresa Kane publicly addressed Pope John Paul II at the National Shrine in Washington with these powerful and poignant words:

“I urge you to be mindful of the intense suffering and pain which is part of the life of many women in these United States. I call upon you to listen with compassion and to hear the call of women who comprise half of humankind.”

Pope Francis will visit the U.S. in September.

Baltimore, Nepal, and Standing Witness

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

This has been a week of human violence and extreme natural disasters, not only in Baltimore and Nepal, but in so many cities and countries. During this Easter season, as believers in the Risen One, we are called to pray and witness to New Life. Hope is the defining virtue, that during these painful and dark situations, gives us hearts, hands and minds to believe in new life, a better day.

Baltimore, from freeimages.com

Though we are not “in” those areas, we are feeling their suffering. Let us,