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PARABLE Cover250 0724Welcome to the latest edition of Parable! Click on the image on the left to see the full edition. See the links below to read individual articles.


Living in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Several years ago, I was asked to participate in a pilgrimage to Rome. It was going to be focused on what the Church teaches are the Four Marks of the Church.

These “marks,” these recognizable characteristics, arise from the New Testament itself and the very mission of Jesus Christ, who said, “I have not come to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me. It is the Father’s will that I should lose nothing of what He gave me.” (Jn 6:39)

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Mission to America

Priests from overseas tend to New Hampshire flocks

By Gary Bouchard

It’s still surprising, and maybe even a little unsettling, for most New Hampshire Catholics to think of themselves as living in a missionary province.

America, in its great abundance, has long exported its resources to other countries and especially assisted people in parts of the developing world.

It is humbling to adjust to the idea that many of these very countries are now sharing their abundance with us, assisting the New Hampshire Church by providing us something we crucially need: Catholic priests.

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What Does Ordination Really Mean?

Q: Dear Father Francis, we know that being an ordained priest is quite extraordinary, but does something actually happen to someone when they are ordained? Or is ordination a blessing for someone taking on a leadership role?

A: Dear friends, this is an important question that, in this writer’s opinion, does not get asked often enough amongst Catholics.

When we talk about the ordination of a deacon, priest or bishop, we are talking about the sacrament of holy orders, one of the Church's seven sacraments. This sacrament bestows a unique role on the ordained, a role that is crucial in the life of the Church and its members.

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St. John Vianney Ignited a Village’s Love for God

The Church is a constant thread in the tapestry of my life.

So many of the memories I hold closest to my heart can be tied back to the Church: the beauty of my parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photographs, receiving my first Communion, the tender gift of being beside my grandmother as she received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, the beauty that is a Catholic funeral Mass, my marriage to my husband, holding my daughters over the baptismal font as they received the gift of new life — each of these moments are a testament to the richness of the Catholic faith. These sacred milestones have shaped my journey.

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Angel of Justice or Snake in the Garden?

In This Other Eden it depends on the perspective

I have often imagined what it would be like to work as a private detective: tracking clues, following leads, piecing together evidence until “the big picture” starts to develop.

Literary study can involve some of these activities as well, as careful readers trace literary references that can explain an idea or flesh out a theme.

When I saw a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding titled, This Other Eden, I noticed two literary references immediately and I set out on a reading mission to explain them.

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Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not

We might think that Christianity was the fastest-growing religion in the first century. In reality, though, that distinction goes to the cult of the Divine Caesar. 

The fact that the Roman Emperor was being worshiped as a god is why the Christian proclamation that “Jesus is Lord” (Phil 2:11) had political as well as religious implications. 

As the New Testament scholar N.T. Wright concisely expresses it: if Jesus is Lord, Caesar is not. 

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Check out the Finding Communion podcast where Rosemary Ford, the editor of Parable magazine and Robert Dunn, the director of Public Policy for the Diocese of Manchester discuss politics, the Eucharist and the common good, expanding on themes readers will see in the latest editions of Parable.

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True Liberty Comes from Above

In the ever-changing dynamics of American life, the Fourth of July is supposed to stand out as a reminder of our shared heritage and moral values in the midst of America’s melting pot of ethnic diversity.

I fear our society cannot stand without shared moral values. This year, as we navigate the complexities of current world events and edge closer to the upcoming presidential election, the significance of this day shines even brighter, urging Catholics and all Americans to celebrate with an extra layer of prayer, purpose and, I dare say, humor.

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The Source for Catholic Goods

Cathedral gift shop opens at St. Joseph

By Tara Bishop

Once staff members of St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester received the news in May of 2023 that Cathedral Church Goods was closing, the questions began. The independent, family-owned business on Granite Street had been a mainstay for clergy and the faithful alike for decades.

Staff thought, “Where will people shop for cards and gifts for baptisms, First Communions, confirmations and weddings?” “What about finding locally available sacramentals like crucifixes, rosaries, scapulars and icons?”

Judy Labbe-Huard, director of communications and parish support, and Heather Algozzine, administrative assistant, soon knew the answers to these questions: they needed to open a gift shop at the Cathedral rectory office.

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eNews PARABLE NelsonKnee Injury Leads to Insight into God’s Love

I remember where I was when I went down. It was not far from the midpoint of my descent from Jay Peak Resort in Vermont.

I was chasing late spring snow and recharging after Easter when the ski trail beneath me gave way, and the ice shelf collapsed at its base. Before long, my skis spread apart, I wrenched forward and my contorted body lay motionless on the ground.

I don’t remember what I yelled when I went down — it’s probably best I don’t — but I knew I was in trouble.

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