St. Paul Miki was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. He joined the Jesuits and preached the gospel to the Japanese people with great success. When a Catholic persecution arose, he was arrested with 25 others and taken to Nagasaki where they were bound to crosses and speared.
Depressed and brokenhearted, Bob May stared out of his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His four-year-old daughter, Barbara, sat on his lap quietly sobbing.
If you think we are afflicted by the Pandemic, read what Martin Rinkert had to endure in the early 17th Century. In the midst of a long war and the plague, he had an attitude of gratitude.
When Pope Francis talked about his endorsement of civil unions for same-sex partners, the news was broadcasted around the world over every possible media. Everyone had their own “spin” on what the Pope had said. Even comedians got into the act. Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening remarks on his…
I recently read the book, The Gift of Forgiveness, by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt. She is the eldest child of actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver. Her maternal grandmother, Eunice, was a younger sister of John F. Kennedy. She had connections.
I was shocked, along with many other good people, at the recent scandalous misconduct of two priests from the Archdiocese of New Orleans – Frs. Pat Wattigny and Travis Clark.
We, as a nation, are deeply divided on many issues. One big issue is how we look at our past. On one side, we have those who emphasis all the good qualities and who want to forget the mistakes and sins of the past. On the other side, we see people who want to deal with our past mistakes and …
I was shocked when I read what a young priest wrote on Facebook, “I’m not watching the Saints this year . . . Join me in boycotting them . . . Money speaks louder than politics. You have one job NFL, entertain the masses. You represent your state, not political factions or parties.”
Fr. Dan Krutz is the Executive Direct of Louisiana Interchurch Conference. The following is an article he wrote entitled, “For the Healing of the Nations.”
After the death of her father and stepmother, Catherine and her sisters visited an Indian reservation. This visit made a huge impression on young Katharine. After seeing the poverty, she helped Native Americans by providing schools and staff along with food, shelter, and clothing.
Irena Sendler was a Polish humanitarian, social worker, and nurse who served in the Polish Underground Resistance during World War II in German-occupied Warsaw. She died on May 12, 2008 in Warsaw, Poland at the age of 98.
Representative John Lewis died on July 18. I had seen him on TV strongly advocating for some just cause, but I really did not know him as a person. He has been hailed as an American Icon, the Moral Conscience of Congress, a lifelong Civil Rights leader, a person who was willing to go to jail…
The history of the transatlantic slave trade involved the transportation of enslaved African people mainly to the Americas. It existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the 4th of July, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Reflecting on our nation’s birthday, I noticed this holiday has become more militaristic in tone than in years past. We have gotten away from our country’s founding values.
Once an elderly gentleman was taking his usual evening walk. He was enjoying the cool night air and the gentle breeze. Suddenly he heard a voice crying out, “Help me! Help me!” The man looked around and saw no one so he continued his walk.
The Franciscan Father Richard Rohr writes a Daily Meditation for anyone interested in spiritual growth. The following was his meditation for Monday, June 8, 2020. It’s entitled, “The Unspoken Privilege of Being White.” He invited his readers to “pass it on.”
These past weeks we have seen some protesters who refuse to obey the medical experts’ social distancing guidelines. They also showed their support for President Trump, who appeared to endorse demonstrations against lockdown measures by saying some governors had gone “too far” with their impl…
A Persian Proverb says, “Two things indicate weakness – to be silent when speaking is proper, and to speak when being silent is proper.”
We are all going through unusual and difficult times. What’s important is our attitude. We need to believe in the saying, “This too shall pass.” We need to believe that God loves us and will give us the strength to pull through. We just need to ask.
A reader sent me the following article entitled, “Many of us are between 65 and death.” I have edited the article into a two-part series. You may find wise advice here for any age.
Our spirituality is inseparable from the way we live in the world. If we believe that God is always with us, we put on the mind of Christ and act Christlike. We reach out to anyone in need especially those who need our help the most. We believe that relationships are the core of our faith be…
We live in a messy world today. When we look around at what is happening in our country, we can become very discouraged. We see mass shootings happening repeatedly. Most Americans want something done to prevent these killings from happening. Yet, our politicians do nothing.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is February 26. Some people will automatically say, “It is time to give up candy, alcohol or smoking.”
Hate crimes in America have increased 17 percent from the previous year making this the third consecutive year that hateful racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported last year, race and ethnicity hatred accounted for 60 percent. R…