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Sister Pamela Smith

Work is part of God’s kingdom

Jesus never expected a stipend for speaking or collected a consultant’s fee. He never made — or stipulated — a minimum wage. He did, however, appreciate work and understood what labor meant to farmers, shepherds, sailors, fishermen, homemakers, seamstresses, and cooks. Although the work world has changed dramatically, it is obvious that certain values regarding […]


Is God punishing us, weather-wise?

Leonard Pitts Jr., is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who usu­ally focuses on topics related to race and contemporary culture. He trends very much to the left, and I have to admit that, although I periodically read his columns, I don’t always find their political bent helpful. One that he authored in the aftermath of Harvey […]


Can any war these days be just?

They used to call it saber rattling. Now we hear threats to blast and contaminate Guam or to un­leash “fire and fury.” Talk abounds about the importance of finding dip­lomatic solutions to international conflicts. Meanwhile, we live with nuclear warheads, missiles ready to launch, guerilla warfare, terror­ism, and threats of germ warfare and chemical warfare […]


Why retreats matter

As another school year rolls in, calendars for the next nine to 10 months grow populated with events. There are activities galore, as every parent and grandparent knows. Folks not entirely acquainted with Catholic customs may be surprised to find retreats for students, teachers, school staff, and principals highlighted on these agendas. For some, retreats […]


Racism IS a sin

In the aftermath of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virgin­ia, our bishop issued a statement which declares: “Racism is a sin and the idea that one race is supe­rior to another is sinful.” The statement is born of core American principles and Catholic teaching. When Thomas Jefferson penned “All men are created equal,” there were […]


What Mom, Dad, and Abuela sow

Sometimes data collection proves what we already know. We often hear grim (and true) statistics about the loss of youth and young adults to the practice of the faith. Often a rant follows about how the culture corrupts and corrodes. It’s easier to deal with the statistics if we can pin blame on something external. […]


Striving to remain ‘saved’

A 13-year-old who lived across the street from our convent announced, after a weekend with a friend, “I got saved.” She had gone to church and participated in an altar call. Her parents would likely agree with my observation that she didn’t don a halo forever after. “Getting saved” is language Catholics don’t typically use. […]


Aged to perfection

If commercials provide our cultural information, we may be tempted to conclude that aging is a national tragedy. Hair loss ruins men, wrinkles wreak havoc on women, and life isn’t survivable without the latest medications, including opioids, which, of course, also require other medications to deal with constipation. People of faith might do well to […]


What’s new about the New Evangelization?

Father Oscar Borda recently posted photos and videos from an event on the New Evangelization among the Hispanic community in the Ridgeland area. In a matter of days, a delegation from our diocese will gather in Orlando with delegations from across the U.S. Their theme will have to do with the kingdom — God’s, not […]


Can tattoos be sacramentals?

When Ray Bradbury published “The Illustrated Man” in 1951, tattoos covering virtually whole bodies were not as commonplace as they are today. Bradbury’s science fiction collection used as its starter a character whose body had been tattooed by a mysterious Minnesota crone. He became an object of wonder and terror as the tattoos came to […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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