I guess I didn't make myself entirely clear. Alinsky would say, don't protest a slum residence in the slum go into the suburban neigborhood where the slum owner lives. The neignbors would say, we don't care what you do for a living but get these blacks and hispanics out of our neighborhood. In this case they would say get these religious fanatics out of our neighborhood. Perhaps some of these thugs have wives, mothers, and children who do not know what they are doing and will be embarrassed by it. They themselves have hearts of stone. At anyrate it is a thought.
If I were to advise the pro Life people, I would tell them to borrow a page from the leftist Saul Alinsky. Find out where these assailants live. Take a still picture of the man sexually asaulting the Pro Lifer and make a large poster of the event. Demonstrate in the man's neighbor hood with a sign saying "Your Neigbor is a pervert" or "A sexual assailant" "Your neighbor is a bully." "Your Neighbor is a thief" etc. etc. The key is to go to the person's own neighborhood. I bet they stop.
I hope that we all should look around every corner as if God is about to appear and to stay awake to the opportunity of God's grace, in both pain and in joy.
Thank you for this insightful homily delivered in a gentle and sincere manner. May all mothers take hope from Monica and pray for their children. To be a witness to Christ does not require us to shout and make scenes. A gentle and persistant presentation of the truth is that small whispering voice of God in our midst. I pray that you will continue on the path of priesthood you are on and be under the protection of our Blessed Mother.
I am always impressed by Fr. Pacwa's knowledge and ability to bring history alive even when he has a soar throat like in this video. St. Peter Claver like all saints was truly remarkable.
Pray for vocations. Beg the harvest master to send laborers into vineyard. www.franciscanmissionaries.com will be marked as one of my favorites.
St. Polycarp is one of my favorite saints. Interesting interview about Turkey and Christianity.
If we ever do get accurate statistics on clergy from other religions, I suspect that they will mirror exactly what we find among Catholic clergy. Less than one percent molesting Children under the age of 10 and another 3 percent going after adolescent boys and girls with 80 percent of the victims being boys.
Pope Benedict like John Paul II continues to be a marvelous "bridge builder" between peoples. Pontifex! May Pope Benedict continue to be a light for a darkened world. Fr. Groeshel and his fellow religious do a marvelous work of witness to the poorest of the poor and the spiritually bankrupt as well.
If I were going to recommend a college to a young person I would definitely mention Magdelen College to them.
We need to keep preaching purity and chastity. It is a source of joy while promiscuity leads to hell on earth. Lfe on the Rock, rocks!
This is an example of how the Post Vatican II Church is able to work with other religions to build more stable societies and cultures. Courage, virtue, love and heroism!
Compassion the forgotten virtue! The double first cousin of Charity. Great insights. Unfortunately as Fr Brian pointed out even religious institutions lack this virtue.
Thank you for this homily but more importantly thank you for your consecrated life waiting upon the Lord and doing his holy will. Love St. Clare!
We have to all pray from religious nuns, brothers, monks and priests. We have to pray that perhaps our own children or grandchildren be called to this very special path to holiness. There are so many religious communities each doing something marvelous for God.
Jerzy Kluger, his boyhood Jewish friend wrote a wonderful bio, "The Hidden Pope: The Untold Story of a Lifelong Friendship That Is Changing the Relationship Between Catholics and Jews - The Personal Journey of John Paul II"
This was a deeply moving moment. John Paul II as a youth often visited the local synagogue in his town for cultural events. He lived in a home with his father that was owned by a Jewish Family who lived in the same dwelling. One of his closest friends was Jewish. He would refer to the Jews as "Our Older brothers in faith."
The Shack is a good novel but lacks any grasp for the role of the Church in fostering and nourishing the friendship with Christ and God. It is in the context of learning about be friends with the friends of God that we can have the friendship we need with God. Thanks for posting.