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Could you be the “Epiphany” to the lonely near or far?

Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone! Our presence in solidarity is expressed not only through our words  but also through the eloquence of our deeds that God is close to everyone.”   This is part of the challenging Christmas message from Pope Francis, who still expresses his faith by bringing God’s “Good News” to the prisoners and lonely in the slums of Rome and Rio as he formally did in Argentina.  It’s clear that the Holy Father is constantly empowered by Jesus’ words from Jesus’ “Last Judgment” in Matthew 25:31-46, …

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Bringing HOPE to Christians in the Holy Land

One of the great things about the Catholic Church is that it’s Catholic – that is, universal. Catholics are all over the world. But in the Holy Land, where you might most expect to them, Christians are a shrinking minority. Their numbers are dwindling as they either leave their homeland for safety and opportunity or adopt religion of their neighbors. This tragic situation was brought home in early October when seven educators from Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land visited several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Their 10-day stay was part of …

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Solidarity Revisted

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You are not alone.” To understand the full meaning of the pope’s words requires a sense of what John Paul II did. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, John Paul II supported the solidarity movement in his homeland of Poland. Solidarity was the first independent labor union that broke free …

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“Are you for us?” A Lesson in Solidarity

The big news this past week was the tenuous cease fire reached in the Gaza, Israel conflict. I had been watching with great trepidation the situation in Gaza over the past few weeks. While Israel and Hamas exchanged a seemingly unending barrage of missiles at each other, the internet seems to be explode with  similar hostility. Whether it is Twitter, Google+, or Facebook, I encountered so much propaganda like this:   And this:   I think popular blogger Mark Shea puts into words better than I ever could my personal views of the unending violence …

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