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Archive for April 13th, 2008

On April 17, 2008, Jack Wier will attend the Papal Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He considers his presence at the Mass nothing short of a miracle.

On May 20, 2007, Jack headed out to the back acres of his farm to continue working on digging a small lake. The site was 16 acres away from his house. As usual, he passed a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that stands near the site, made the Sign of the Cross, and said a short prayer. He drove his Bobcat (a type of heavy equipment) into the excavated hole and picked up a cottonwood tree to remove it. A large branch (5-7 inches in diameter) broke off and drove into his body, impaling him against the seat.

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By seemingly fortunate coincidence the release of the 2008 CARA Study, “Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice among U.S. Catholics,” coincides with the first pastoral visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States.

 

The study, commissioned by the Department of Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, surveyed 1,007 adult Catholics in the U.S. regarding their participation in the sacramental life of the Church. The survey attempts to gauge beliefs, attitudes, practices, commitment, knowledge, and level of agreement behind the participation levels of adult Catholics.

 

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Venue Profile: Ground Zero

On April 20, Pope Benedict XVI will visit Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, one site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

The following personal reflection was written at the site shortly after the attack:

 

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