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Sister Pamela Smith

Purgatory is real, too

Some years ago, televangelist Joyce Meyer was overheard saying that there must be some opportunity for improvement for good souls after they die. She compared it to continuing education. People can love God, have good will, and obey commandments without quite arriving at the pinnacle of charity. There’s room for growth in virtue. Gee, I […]


Heaven and Hell are real

It isn’t over when it’s over. That’s one way to express what Chris­tians profess about this life. That doesn’t mean we go about thinking how wonderful it will be to die, but it does mean that we face the prospect of death with a convic­tion that there is more to come. Con­sequently, we grieve the […]


Our languages speak of many things

Languages can be the matter of miracles or the cause for bitter feuds. The Solemnity of Pen­tecost gives us an example of the miraculous possibility of language. When the Apostles went out to pro­claim Christ risen from the dead, the people staying in Jerusalem could only shake their heads. Not only were they hearing an […]


Beautifying is an act of God

In a nine-minute YouTube clip, Bishop Robert Barron reminds us that the “great transcendentals” — the good, the true, and the beau­tiful — can all be ways in which we evangelize. Today’s converts are sometimes won the way some of the very first Christians were: by witnessing unselfish works of love and service. Others are won […]


Pro-life concerns hit home

Those of us who are of a certain vintage may recall that much of what drove U.S. participation in the Vietnam War was the very persuasive domino theory. The theory was that, like a line of upright dominos, the fall of one Southeast Asian nation to Communist control would accelerate the fall of others, even […]


Answering a basic moral question

Whether or not a person is a believer in anything beyond the visible world, it seems that there is at least one basic ques­tion that human beings must ask about right and wrong: Should we do everything we can do? We can do many fine and many villainous things. On the positive side, we can […]


When a bishop coexisted with slavery

Perhaps Bishop John England used a strategy which many of us in the pro-life movement must employ. When it seems impos­sible to eradicate a wrong totally, one takes steps to mitigate its effects. If we can’t get a human life amendment, we demonstrate and promote smaller legislative actions. The idea is to do something, even […]


What is consecrated life?

Every Feb. 2 since 1997, the Church has marked World Day of Consecrated Life. This year’s observances were held the weekend of Feb. 3-4. Two questions arise when this day is mentioned. First, what and who might be celebrated on Consecrated Life Day? Second, why Feb. 2? In our diocese, we have quite a collection […]


10 life-giving things to do

On New Year’s Eve, our lo­cal newspaper ran a feature entitled “50 Things to Do in South Carolina before You Die.” Not surprisingly, it listed attending Spo­leto, going to the sweet tea festival in Summerville, floating down the Congaree, and taking in NASCAR races in Darlington. The underly­ing premise was that adventure and novelty make […]


Sometimes ordinary angels show up

The man who pushes a mop and carries boxes at the Circle K in Jacksonboro is probably not an angel. I have seen him numerous times, and the evidence is that he is flesh and blood. People often are speaking to him and laughing when I see him. Despite the evidence, he reminds me of […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate