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The Evangelist
Monday, June 18, 2018


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  • How do Catholics treat families living with mental health issues?

    The families of those who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem often suffer in silence. The stigma attached to having a major depressive disorder, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction or any mental health diagnosis is huge. The surprising thing is that these families sit next to us every weekend at Mass.

  • Simon of Cyrene’s path, and ours
    One of the most interesting figures in the Easter story is Simon of Cyrene. We know so little about him, yet he teaches us so much.
  • Spanish Apostolate creates evangelists/ Apostolado Española crea evangelistas

    Sister Grace Diaz, SNJM, pastoral associate at Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church in Albany (a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish), notes that “seed money” from the Albany Diocese given some years ago to start an evangelization program for the diocesan Spanish Apostolate has taken root.

  • Church and state: working together for the common good
    In late March, just as state budget negotiations were heating up in Albany, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the state’s bishops, including our own Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, came to the State Capitol.
  • Standing in front of a room jammed with supporters and skeptics, Michael Lozman said he always knew his plan would be contentious.
  • Confirmation retreat weekend was honestly the best weekend of my life. I love it and miss it so much!
  • Schenectady is rapidly changing. Downtown has been revitalized, and the riverfront of the Mohawk has been changed from an old industrial site to the new Mohawk Harbor.
    What has not changed, however, are the care needs for residents of Schenectady County.
  • The beloved St. Francis of Assisi initially had an absolute disdain for lepers. He would go miles out of his way to avoid them. One day, Francis saw a leper approaching and started to turn away, but instead turned toward the leper, embraced and kissed him, and gave him some money.
  • Finding wisdom all around us
    The majority of TV news is fear-based commentary, promoting the notion that the world is on an inevitable path to ruin.
  • A God who knew His way out of the grave
    Until recently, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Russian city of Moscow was the tomb of Vladimir Lenin, an early communist luminary and rabid enemy of religion, especially of Christianity.



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