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January 15 2020 issue of Profiles in Catholicism

A Message from the Editor

2019 was a year marked with increased Antisemitism, especially in the United States and Europe To review some of the reports on Antisemitism, please review our web on Antisemitism.

In addition to some of the most current reports on AntiSemitism, we are featuring an interview with Dr. Eugene Fisher that addresses some of the causes of this increase in hated and violence.

Special Prayer

A Prayer to Defeat Antisemitism

Dear Jesus, Mary and Joseph, you were Jews and lived up to your faith, Judaism, all your lives.

You worked and taught the deeper meanings of your faith, not just to Jews, but through us Christians, both Jewish and gentile, to all humanity.

Oh Lord, we ask for forgiveness, as Pope St. John Paul II did, for the centuries of persecution Christians throughout the world perpetrated against your chosen people, the people of the Jew, Jesus, who died, as our Creed states clearly, at the hands of the Romans.

Oh Lord, the Second Vatican Council clearly condemned the false canard that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. Tragically, this false canard was believed by many Christians over the centuries, and became the basis for modern racial antisemitism. We repent for this as well.

Lord Jesus, we see in you the sacredness of your people, the Jews. We pray that we will have the resolve to act, to do whatever we can and whatever is necessary, to defeat the evil of antisemitism, which we see with horror is now spreading again with acts of terror against synagogues and innocent Jews simply walking the streets around their homes.

We resolve to join together with good people of all faiths and none to fight the evil that is antisemitism. We resolve to teach our children in our Catholic classrooms that Jews remain the Chosen People of God and that to attack Jews is thus to attack the One God of all humanity.

We resolve to work with our communities, law enforcement agencies, local, state and national legislators, and all three branches of the federal government to call out antisemitism for the danger it presents not just to Jews but to all Americans, and indeed to the very idea of what it means to be American.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will infuse our souls and minds| to enable us to follow through on joining our sister and brother citizens of good will, to establish an American society that lives up to the best of what it means to be persons of faith and faithful American citizens.

Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer for Those Who Died, were Injured, or Suffered Loss lo due to the Wildfires in Australia

Heavenly Father, together we pray for all those affected by the fires in Australia. We fall to our knees crying out, hearing of the suffering of so many people and the destruction of your sacred earth. Please bring hope and healing to those who have lost so much, and protection to all the wildlife. by Mike Hoffman Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer for Those Who Died in the Iran Plane Crash

Good and Gracious God,

We place before you a request to help all those whose families were travelling on the plane from Iran. They are people who were hoping to return to Canada and other places at a time of turmoil in the Mideast. Help the families of those on the plane to heal and forgive. Help us all to strive for peace in a world that has been at war with someone or the other for a great deal of our existence as humans.

Lord, help us to put you first in our hearts and our minds. Help those who are leaders in government to soothe and protect those who are in need. Help us to reach out to one another so we can realize the importance of a world at peace. Help us do that by starting in our own neighborhood and community. Let us reach out to one other person today to offer them peace in whatever way that is good for them. We ask you this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer on the Challenge of Abortions

The headlines stream about thousands of abortions.

The news is disheartening.

More, it is heart saddening.

Truly sad.

Not for the infants. They are with the Lord

But consider the sorrow and pain of mothers and fathers who are driven to such ends.

How their hearts must ache. How their hearts must bleed.

Lord, look with pity on them. Touch them. Heal them. Forgive them.

Please. Please forgive them. Heal their pain. by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism

A Quote to Remember

"God has never stopped believing in the alliance made with Israel and, through the terrible trials of these past centuries, the Jews have kept their faith in God. And for this, we will never be grateful enough to them, as the Church, but also as humanity at large." by Pope Francis


General Articles/Commentaries

by Rabbi Sacks The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

by Andrew Ehrkamp Catholic Canada

by Hillel Kuttler Tablet Magazine

Link to The Holocaust

Featured Report

by Father.Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism

by Catholic News Service/Angelus News

by Elise Harris Crux

by Catholic News Service/America

by Isaac Saul Vox

by Richard Hollingham BBC

by Gregory Brew The Conversation

by Dylan Scott Vox

by Cerith Gardiner Aleteia

Link to Disabilities

by Annalisa Teggi Aleteia

by Matthew BeDugnis America

by Jesuitical America

by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service

Link to Gun Violence

by Annalisa Teggi Aleteia

by Eric Levitz Intelligencer

by Catholic News Agency

by Russell Shaw National Catholic World Report

by Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service/Angelus

by Jean François Channon Denwo La Croix International

by Jean François Channon Denwo La Croix International

by Catholic News Agency /Catholic Canada

by Patrick Carolan and Brian McLaren National Catholic Register

by Robin Gomes Vatican News

by Ashima Krishna Crux

by Olga Khazan The Atlantic

by Sean Salai, S.J. America

by Christopher White America

by Hillel Kuttler Tablet Magazine

Link to The Holocaust

by Catholic News Agency/ Catholic Herald

by Catholic News Service/EarthBeat

by Catholic News Agency/Angelus News

by Ariel Levy The New Yorker

by Edward Pentin National Catholic Register

by Joshua J. McElwee EarthBeat

by Thanh Thuy

by Jo Siedlecka Independent Catholic News

by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World

Link to The Rosary

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Book Reviews/Commentaries

by Meghan Daum

Reviewed by Jonathan Malesic America

by Dana Gioia

Reviewed by Liam Callanan America

by Jeffrey S. Cramer

Reviewed by Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'Brien America

Film Reviews/Commentaries

Television Reviews/Commentaries

Commentary by Bichop Robert Barron Independent Catholic News

Reviewed by Paul Asay and Kristin Smith Plugged In

Commentary by John J. O’Keefe America

Art Reviews and Commentaries

Commentary by Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. America

Music Reviews/Commentaries

by Craig Shepard

Commentary by Maggi Van Dorn America

Feasting with the Saints


I Am Becoming a Catholic

He called me...At first it was a tiny call and I said:

"Well I am listening" He called again and again I said:

"I am listening"

Sometimes His voice is strong and clear,

other times I can hardly hear Him,

Sometimes He calls me when I am looking at a beautiful sunset,

Sometimes He calls me when I am helping to serve the homeless,

sometimes He calls me when I am out to dinner with friends.

I am still listening

He wants me to follow Him now and always.

He wants me to follow Him in joy and solitude.

He wants me to follow Him when others are in need.

He wants me to follow Him when I have chosen to hurt Him

and then say I am sorry.

He is after me night and day.

He is after me at the dawn of a new day.

He is after me when daylight disappears.

His never ending loving call is for ME!

I want to belong to Him and His Church.

I want His presence to become stronger in my everyday life.

I want Him to love me now and forever.

I say YES and again YES.

He hugs me with a strong embrace.

He and I are together with the rest of His followers.Now and forever. by Holy Name RC(A Committee Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer to End Gun Violence

Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem, Before your passion, As your people waved palms in your honor, You saw the city and wept over it because you Loved it.

You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer In that beloved city still you loved it and wept over it. Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them, Love them and protect them. Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer Violence and chaos. Weep over us and love us. Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us. (See Lk 19) by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.. Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer for Migrant Children

Good Lord, who said “Whoever receives one of these little ones, receives me,” bless the little ones who are caught in the struggle of migration, separation, and abuse. Give all those adults who are responsible for them and for their welfare the wisdom and courage to do the children justice and to protect them. Make our hearts more ,loving and willing to do the right thing by them. May we see in all people young and old your image and so reverence their great dignity. We make our prayer through you who came among us as a child and who was forced to flee the threat of violence Amen by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism


The 2015-16 Aaron-Roland Endowed Lecture with John Pawlikowski

THE "JUST WAR" THEORY - Fr Bill on the Brett Winterble Show (Historical Perspectives)

by Fr. William Nicholas

HE DIED AND MET GOD, AND HE WASN'T READY. The incredible near-death experience of Fr. Rick Wendell.

Pregnant politician gives emotional speech against Illinois' radical new abortion law

Our next Pope? Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle talks to Colm Flynn


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