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Monday, Apr 22, 2019
Take care of your mother

Catholicism is rich in observances, but here's one outside our tradition that Catholic teaching also invites us to join: Earth Day, celebrated annually on this date since 1970. The event, which kick-started the environmental movement, is now the largest secular observance in the world, with 193 countries demonstrating support for environmental protection. From the biblical mandate to care for God's creation to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on environmentalism, you are directed by your faith to heed the call to "think globally, act locally."

TODAY'S READINGS: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Victimae Paschali Laudes (42); Matthew 28:8-15 (261). "Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed."

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George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family including his mother-in-law. During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000. The Consul continued, “In most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.” George thought for some time and answered, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this, said, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that!” said George. “You see, I know of a case many years ago of a person, by name Jesus, who was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.”

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