Pax Christi USA is outraged and heartbroken over the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others which reveal a complete disregard for the lives and dignity of People of Colour in our nation. The racism that is at the heart of these incidents penetrates every aspect of life in the United States, seeding the terror that threatens communities of colour and disfigures all our humanity. Pax Christi USA stands in solidarity with our siblings in Minneapolis who are protesting White supremacy with their voices and their bodies, and we recommit ourselves to working to dismantle systemic racism in all its forms.
Pope John Paul II called racism "the most persistent and destructive evil of the nation." As Catholics, it is not enough to relegate our concern to words, thoughts, and prayers. Our church, at every level, must speak out boldly and unequivocally against the sin of racism, including the plague of police brutality aimed at George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. Our church-from our institutional leaders through the faithful in the pews-must let the injustice and violence of these needless deaths seep into our bones, rend our hearts, and puncture our souls.
This is especially true for White Catholics who, because of their privilege, are afforded a safe distance from the despair and agony that communities of colour experience in moments like this. None of us can stand for this any longer. We encourage Pax Christi USA's White members to support People of Colour movements in your local areas and stand with them as allies. Those who seek to keep the system intact for their own power rely on White people remaining silent and separated from movements for justice.
Defeating racism requires tangible steps to build an anti-racist society, including addressing the culture of policing that upholds White supremacy and working to dismantle it. Together, we need to teach the history of systemic and institutional racism, and dive deeply into the discomfort that such conversations-that such realities-raise for some of us, especially White people.
Our church's history includes support for slavery, the promotion of segregation, discrimination against people of color, and the silence that equals complicity.
Repentance demands that we raise our voices and take action each and every time one of us is threatened, harmed or killed. On Tuesday, it was our brother, George Floyd. His death-and the deaths of so many People of Colour year after year-exposes the historical reality that Black lives don't matter in our country. Our church should be at the forefront of changing that reality and asserting that Black lives do matter.
For Pax Christi USA, we bring our vocation of peacemaking and our commitment to gospel nonviolence to confront the personal and systemic racism that perpetrates deep spiritual and social brokenness and endangers each of us. The violence which flows from racism is an affront to the God who creates, redeems and sanctifies all and calls us together as one family.
In the first reading of this past Sunday, Ascension Sunday, as Jesus is taken up into the sky, his disciples are asked: "Why are you standing there looking at the sky?" For those of us who would follow Jesus, the implication is that our eyes should not be focused above on heaven, but our attention needs to be on this world, here and now. We are called to find the Jesus who is still here, crucified in our midst, to stand at the foot of that Cross, and to mourn. To mourn for George Floyd. And to turn that mourning into the action needed to heal our world and dismantle the racism that upholds a culture of death.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide say "I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church" every week, and yet do they reflect on the meaning? This article gives a brief history of the Catholic Church, and explains what the Catholic Church is.
Pope Francis takes positions that annoy both standard-issue liberals and standard-issue conservatives. This is because his overarching opponent is the philosophy of modernity, which in fact has produced both the “conservatism” and the “liberalism” that we know today.
The Faith song we sing thus;
Lead, Kindly Light amid the encircling gloom,
Lead me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see,
The distant scene, one step enough for me.
... to me, is loaded with all that we need to live on in this times and season.
I was standing at the kitchen sink staring at my backyard agonizing over how the Family Life Center was going to survive financially. In the year after founding St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers we experienced a 1200% growth rate, but only a 4% growth in donations. Our success was killing us financially. We only had a few days of operating funds.
Making a head way in 2020 had being the goal of many young adults, the strain and changes in spirituality, finances and lifestyle brought about by the Covid-19 has made many including me worried for tomorrow.
Did Jesus really rise from the dead -or was it just a lovely story devised by his disciples to keep his teachings alive? St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain” (1 Corinthians 15:17). If it happened, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most astounding event in human history. If it did not, then our religion is no more than singing songs, wishful thinking, and being nice people.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola »
Feast Day: July 31
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The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints.
Jesus Christ in the Eucharist - The Real Presence»
Donna Cori Gibson talks about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Steve Ray "Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response"»
Steve Ray, Producer of "Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine," speaks about "Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response" at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.