Unlikely missionary credits God for her inspiration

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Lorraine Shelstad’s plan to study at Bible college in Toronto for a year turned into a nearly 20 years of mission work in Thai hospitals.    Photo by Agnieszka Krawczynski

Lorraine Shelstad was a prairie girl on her first trip to the big city, starting what was supposed to be a year of Bible study in Toronto.

The only child of a Catholic mother and a Lutheran father who rarely went to church, Shelstad wanted to know more about her parents’ beliefs. “I didn’t know all the Bible verses you’re supposed to use to witness to people, so I thought I should go to Bible college,” she said simply.  More from the Catholic Register>>>

Aquila and Priscilla, the Husband and Wife Who Helped St. Paul

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St. Paul at the house of Aquila and his wife Priscilla. The family makes tents as St. Paul writes at the desk. (Engraving by J. Sadeler after Jodocus Winghe. CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s a little tricky to get to know the sainted married couple Aquila and Priscilla (who is also known as Prisca), for their small stories are scattered about within the New Testament and a challenge to link together. But, a little connecting of dots can help create an impressive narrative of these two people and how they influenced the growth of Christianity.  More from the National Catholic Register>>>

Mental health and sinfulness – the Church urgently needs clear teaching

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The Church needs to answer hard questions if it is to really engage with mental illness  Mental health is one of the great social issues of our time. It is estimated that as many as one in four British adults will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime. That’s aside from the scale of mental health issues that are not simply medical. More from the Catholic Herald>>>