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July 26, 2017 – Memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-9 Jesus speaks from a boat to the crowd gathered on the shore. He tells them the parable of the sower, contrasting seed wasted with seed that bares rich fruit. Jesus’ mission is to spread the love and mercy of the Father. Some people ignore him, others reject him. Those who hear his word and act on it will live in the love of God. Prayer: Saints Ann and Joachim, pray for me that I am able to lead and guide the children in my life, by word and example, to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

U.S. Bishops Chairman Appeals to Members of U.S. Senate to Work Together to Remedy Health Care to Serve the Common Good

WASHINGTON—In light of today's Senate Republican vote to address the healthcare law, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is appealing to Senators on both sides to work together in the days ahead to advance changes that will serve the common good of all. 

Bishop Dewane's full statement follows:

"In the wake of a procedural vote today that opens debate on the amendment process to reform the Affordable Care Act, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) calls on members from both political parties to work together to advance changes that serve the common good. The health care reform proposals currently under consideration would harm millions of struggling Americans by leaving too many at risk of losing adequate health coverage and continue to exclude too many people, including immigrants. We are grateful for the efforts to include protections for the unborn, however, any final bill must include full Hyde Amendment provisions and add much-needed conscience protections. The current proposals are simply unacceptable as written, and any attempts to repeal the ACA without a concurrent replacement is also unacceptable.

As was made clear in the USCCB's letter of July 20, there is much work to be done to remedy the ACA's shortcomings. We call on the Senate to make changes in all of the areas mentioned above. In addition, current and impending barriers to access and affordability under the ACA must be removed, particularly for those most in need. Such changes can be made with narrower reforms that do not jeopardize the access to health care that millions currently receive."

Link to July 20 letter: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/letter-to-senate-on-affortable-care-act-2017-07-20.cfm

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), procedural vote, Hyde Amendment, conscience rights, access, affordability, common good.

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July 25, 2017 – Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Request of James and John Matthew 20:20-28 The mother of James and John makes a request of Jesus on their behalf. She asks that they have primary placement among the disciples. The others are resentful. Jesus responds to their ignorance by explaining what it means to follow him and to serve selflessly. Prayer: Jesus, I pray for the humility to be invisible so that you are visible. Saint James and Saint John, pray for us.

USCCB Chairman Mourns for Migrants Involved in Texas Tragedy

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement on San Antonio law enforcement's identification of a tractor trailer containing 39 people, including ten individuals who died due to heat exposure and asphyxiation.

Full statement follows:

My brother bishops and I are heartbroken by the news coming from San Antonio regarding individuals found dead in a crowded and overheated tractor trailer. I also note our continued concern and prayers for the several other individuals identified, including school-aged children, who are reported to have life-threatening injuries. The loss of lives is tragic and avoidable. We condemn this terrible human exploitation that occurred and continues to happen in our country. In a moment such as this, we reflect upon the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, "The defense of human beings knows no barriers: we are all united wanting to ensure a dignified life for every man, woman and child who is forced to abandon his or her own land."

We together mourn for the lives lost and offer our prayers for these individuals and their families.

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Keywords: USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Committee on Migration, migrants, tragedy, exploitation, Pope Francis, human life, dignity

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July 24, 2017 – Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Demand for a Sign Matthew 12:38-42 The scribes and Pharisees witnessed great miracles that Jesus worked, and yet they are still not satisfied. They ask for signs, proof of his identity. Jesus knows there is nothing he can do that will convince them because their hearts are not open. He tells there will be no sign given. Prayer: I look for signs of your presence all the time. You surprise me by placing them in the ordinary. Thank you for blessing me with being able to recognize them.

July 23, 2017 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parables and the Kingdom Matthew 13:24-43 Jesus tells about the reign of God through parables. In the parable of the weeds and the wheat, Jesus talks about the final judgment. God alone knows what is in people’s hearts. He is the final judge, the harvester, and the sifter. Using ordinary, though very small, elements of a mustard seed and yeast, he describes the ultimate fullness of the kingdom that is “already but not yet.” Prayer: Every once and a while I catch a glimpse, feel a hint of your kingdom on earth, and I cannot imagine the enormity of what is to come.

July 22, 2017 – Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Appearance to Mary of Magdala John 20:1-2, 11-18 Overwhelmed by grief at the loss of Jesus and the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene did not recognize him at first. Like a loving shepherd, the Risen Lord calls her by name, and she knows. Mary returns to the disciples to share the good news. She is the Apostle to the Apostles. Prayer: Jesus, Risen Lord, I can only imagine Mary’s joy when she realize that it was you. I know you are with me always and look forward to the day when I see you face-to-face.

Jewish, Christian and Muslim National Religious Leaders Unite for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON—In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, thirty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. They believe, "based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict."

The letter includes the signatures of Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruses, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.

The statement by Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders points to the fact that, "despite deep distrust on both sides, recent polls among Israelis and Palestinians show that the majority still yearn for two states." The leaders believe, "pursing either side's version of a one-state solution would likely lead to more years of violent conflict."

The leaders are encouraged that, building on years of official and informal negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, "the basic parameters of a framework for a two-state solution are widely known." And they say, "combined with a broader regional framework such as the Arab Peace Initiative, the incentives for all sides to make the historic decision for a two-state peace agreement are monumental."

They believe that "achieving a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians would have substantial positive effects for the people of Israel and Palestine, the region, the United States' own interests, and our world." The religious leaders are united in pledging their "support for US efforts to achieve this goal."

The full letter can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/nili-letter-to-president-on-israel-palestine-2017-07-19.cfm

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Keywords:  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, President, President Donald J. Trump, religious leaders, Israelis, Palestinians, two-state solution, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus, Washington, D.C., Arab Peace Initiative, conflict, peace.

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July 21, 2017 – Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Picking Grain on the Sabbath Matthew 12:1-8 The disciples pick heads of the grain because they are hungry. The Pharisees protest. They say the disciples’ actions are unlawful because it is the Sabbath. Jesus responds to their protestation in detail. Using examples, he interprets with authority the law as God intended. Prayer: How often we lose sight of the vision when we get caught up in the details. When what I do in your name is at the expense of my brothers and sisters, I have lost sight of your vision. Forgive me.

U.S. Bishops Domestic Justice Chairman Exhorts Senate For More Reasonable Approach on Health Care

WASHINGTON—In light of uncertainty about how the Senate will proceed on health care in the coming days, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement.

"Before any legislation had been proposed, the bishops were clear that a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing," wrote Dewane in the July 20 letter to the full Senate. "To end coverage for those who struggle every day without an adequate alternative in place would be devastating."

The Senate has been discussing various approaches for health care reform, including an ACA repeal approach that does not immediately decide upon a replacement plan. "The American Health Care Act legislation from the U.S. House of Representatives and the Better Care Reconciliation Act from the Senate were seriously flawed, and would have harmed those most in need in unacceptable ways. In the face of difficulties passing these proposals, the appropriate response is not to create greater uncertainty, especially for those who can bear it least, by repealing the ACA without a replacement.

Bishop Dewane urged Congress "to address the ACA's moral deficiencies and challenges with long-term sustainability" by "more narrow reforms, and in a bipartisan way." Included in this would be extending full Hyde Amendment protections to the ACA, enacting laws that protect the conscience rights of all stakeholders in health care, protecting religious freedom, and passing legislation that begins to address barriers to access and affordability for the poor. The full letter can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/letter-to-senate-on-affortable-care-act-2017-07-20.cfm

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Better Care Reconciliation Act, BCRA., U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, conscience rights, religious freedom, affordability.

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