A Message from the Editor
As we start a new year, we hope and pray that we remember how to love our neighbor as ourselves and reduce the explosion of hate-mongering, especially in countries with authoritarian governments and leaders. We are becoming a culture of xenophobia where hatred of “the other” defines too many of us who need to hate to exist.
For those who may have not made a New Year’s resolution, there are millions of children starving to death globally. Anyone who can help should consider supporting an organization that can provide food to keep these children alive. Saving a child’s life may be the best way to begin a new year.
Prayer of the Month
Lord God, through the covenant you established with the Jewish People, we Christians have been grafted into this covenantal tradition according to St. Paul. But very often throughout history, we have shown ourselves ungrateful for this gift given us through Jesus who imbued in his teachings this Jewish covenantal tradition through acts of antisemitism. We join with Popes St. John Paul II and Francis in confessing our sins of antisemitism past and present. Through this prayer, we commit ourselves to the elimination of any remaining anti-Semitic teachings in the Catholic community and pledge to add our public voice in denouncing any manifestations of antisemitism in contemporary society. We ask your blessing so that we may have the strength to fulfill this pledge we make in your presence.
Quote of the Month
Yet, nearly 6 decades after the Holocaust concluded, Anti-Semitism still exists as the scourge of the world. by Eliot Engel
Reflections on Pope Francis’ 2019 World Day of Peace message by Tony Magliano Acting Franciscan
For The Pope, 2018 Was A Difficult Year To Come To Terms With Abuse Crisis by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/America
Pope Francis begs for an end to death penalty through an ethic of caring by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp Vatican News Link to Death Penalty
Pennsylvania diocese opening faith-based addiction recovery high school by Catholic News Agency/Angelus
An Examen for White Allies by Maddie Murphy Ignatian Solidarity Network
What Happened When This Woman Met Her Nazi Torturer by K.V. Turley National Catholic Register Link to Antisemitism
Digital technology widens religious reading options for the blind by Tom Tracy, Catholic News Service/ National Catholic Reporter
Nine thousand firearms and counting: Illegal guns flood Chicago by Sharon Cohen America
What if St. Augustine was an organizer for the February meeting on sexual abuse? by Peter D. Beaulieu The Catholic World Report Link to Sexual Violence Against Minors
Interfaith community gathers to remember gun violence victims by Angelus Staff Link to Gun Violence
Saudi Arabia Declares War on America’s Muslim Congresswomen by Ola Salem FP
Trump tweets, Mueller indicts by NCR Editorial Staff
What the Cupich Moment Can Teach Ambitious Seminarians by Jonathan B. Coe Catholic Citizens.org Link to Vocations
I escaped homelessness but was trapped in fear—until God set me free. by Judy Ann Eichstedt America
Study shows young adults leaving church start down that path at age 13 by Nicholas Wolfram Smith, Catholic News Service. National Catholic Reporter
Shooting in Strasbourg by Marie Malzac LaCroix International
Of Gods and Men by Amy Welborn The Catholic World Report
UK Catholics march on UN summit to demand urgent action to prevent climate change disaster by Rosie Heaton Independent Catholic News
Gunman kills 4, then himself, after Mass at Brazil cathedral by Associated Press/America
Rabbi arrested at interfaith border protest for migrants by Jewish Telegraphic Agency
One year, one kilometer apart … same persecution of Copts by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah Voice of the Copts
Baby Jesus In a Cage? Yes, It’s Political by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Patheos
Vatican official: With migration, cooperation is better than isolationism by Carol Glatz Catholic News Service/Angelus
Gunman fire on Nigerian Catholic priest who attacked a politician by La Croix International staff
The New law will provide relief to genocide victims in Iraq, Syria by Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter
The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad. Trust me: It’s true. by Cnaan Liphshiz Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Global Pact for Migration is a source of hope by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle La Croix International
Priest Killed in Robbery by Fr. John Njoroge Muhia Zerit
Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Italian Disco Tragedy by Zerit Staff
Evil Has Been Trivialized’: A Final Conversation with Zygmunt Bauman by Zygmunt Bauman, with Thomas Leoncini The New York Review of Books
Why I cannot even think about leaving the Catholic Church by Massimo Faggioli La Croix International
Faith leaders join the call for the government to introduce income supplement to tackle child poverty by Independent Catholic News
Accepting Alzheimer’s, One Lost Memory at a Time by Philip S. Gutis The New York Times
Baseball Writers Can't Be Wrong, Can They? by Dick Flavin Echoes
Argentina bishops follow pope’s lead with major interreligious declaration by Inés San Martín Crux
Video game addiction is real, rare, and poorly understood by German Lopez Vox
Inspiration from the Comics by Richard Doerflinger Echoes
‘It’s a man’s problem’: Patrick Stewart and the men fighting to end domestic violence by Anna Moore The Guardian Link to Domestic Violence
European nations must do more to fight anti-Semitism, EU council says in ‘unprecedented’ declaration by Marcy Oster Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Archbishop Gallagher Stresses Human Rights at OSCE Meeting by Jim Fair Zerit Link to Human Rights
Some Remarks on Autism and Catholicism by Michael L. Ortiz Dappled Things
Children bear brunt of Asia's hunger pains. Malnutrition too often brings death, inflicts disabilities and shortens lives by Michael Sainsbury La Croix International Link to Children Outreach/Protection
Central African Republic: Another Church-run refugee camp attacked, 60 killed by Independent Catholic News Link to War/Terrorism/Genocide
Catholic bishops show solidarity with embattled youth in the Middle East by La Croix International staff with Catholic News Service
Edward Gorey’s Enigmatic World by Joan Acocella The New Yorker
Warnings grow over unsanitary conditions in Tijuana shelter by Christopher Sherman Associated Press
Bedazzled Tabs & Belonging to Others by Colten Biro, SJ The Jesuit Post
The Plight of the Rohingya by The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum
Yemen: 120,000 Children Living in ‘Catastrophic Conditions by Zerit Staff
EU recognizes financial system of the Vatican City State by Andrea Gagliarducci Catholic News Agency/Angelus
The Limits of Transparency in a Broken World by Brendan Gottschall, SJ The Jesuit Post
Concentrate on admirable aspects of Catholic Church: Jewish relations, social justice by A James Rudin National Catholic Reporter
'Soul of a Nation' showcases timeless power of black art by Leo J. O'Donovan National Catholic Reporter Link to Spirituality and Art
Bishops' Conference calls for ambitious action on climate change, implementation of the Paris Agreement by Independent Catholic News Link to Environment Challenges
How Addiction And Trauma Brought One Nun Closer To God by Miriam James Heidland America Link to Addiction
I was an American missionary in Honduras. I witnessed firsthand the violence they endure. by Patrick Gothman America
Cardinal Dinardo's Message of Hope by Bishop Peter J Ugierto Echoes
In the Still of the Night by Chris Williams, SJ The Jesuit Post
Teenagers leaving Church at a higher rate – study by Colm Fitzpatrick The Irish Catholic
Diplomats at Vatican back nuns in fight against human trafficking by Elise Harris Crux
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Feasting with the Saints
A Prayer for the Indonesian Tsunami Victims Let Our Cries Come Unto You
Most merciful and compassionate God,
Giver of Life and Love,
hear our prayers
and let our cries come unto you.
We weep with your people
We hear the cries of orphaned children and laments of bereaved parents
We feel the desperation of those searching for loved ones
We behold the silence of vanished villages.
We see the devastation.
We are overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
Our hearts are hushed, our minds are numb.
Let not our hands be stopped, our voices dumb.
God of the universe,
Open our hearts to feel your compassion
Galvanize in us the act of continued giving
Bond us to our sisters and brothers in need
Comfort and heal the injured, the bereaved, the lost
Strengthen the aid workers and medical personnel
Bolster the resolve of governments and those with power to help
Open through this tragedy pathways to partnerships and peace
In Your Name of mercy and healing and compassion we pray
- Originally Offered for the people of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami of
March 11, 2011 -
by Christian Peschken
A Prayer for Jakelin Caal Maquin
O Lord, mighty God, at times in history your little children have been treated badly. They were drowned by Pharaoh (Ex) and massacred by Herod(Mt). Still you Son, your loving Son reminded his disciple and us, to treat the little children gently and allow them to approach (Mk). Today the story is played out once again as we see your little child Jakelin mistreated yet now called to the side of your Son for eternity. Help us to remember always “People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them The disciples scolded them, 14 but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 In truth, I tell you, anyone, who does not welcome the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16 Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing. (The New Jerusalem Bible. (1985) (Mk 10:13–16
by Father David Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Msgr. Jarvis
Good and Gracious Good,
The first time I met Msgr. Jarvis was at the ceremony he orchestrated on behalf of my Great Uncle to be honored as a Servant of God. This took place in 2010 and was an amazingly holy ceremony. Now, Lord, we are praying for the health of Msgr. Jarvis who is suffering from stomach cancer and the chemotherapy that is required for health.
He is the postulator (who presents his documents) for my great Uncle who is from the Archdiocese of Brooklyn, Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn. Msgr. Jarvis will present to Rome the documents for canonization on January 15 which is the earthly birthday of Msgr. Quinn. Please hold Msgr. Jarvis in a strong embrace so he will be strong enough on that day to present Msgr. Quinn's cause. May he rest in your arms, dear Lord, and assist him in his devotion to this cause. May Msgr. Jarvis receives the graces and blessings from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
by Eileen Quinn Knight Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for the Fifth District of Police so in need of Your loving care
God Our Father who is always with us, We struggle with the interactions that have taken place in our Fifth District. Five people have lost their lives in one of the most difficult areas of our city. It is a place full of love and kindness and sadness and sorrow. It is also filled with hate and despair and longing for a better life. Many people in the area are economically poor and need the help of all of us to get out of their drastic plight. This week two of the men were killed in pursuit of making the streets safe for all. We are in desperate need of your help. Your children have rallied around the Fathers and Mothers and children who are affected by these deaths. We also implore you to remember the families of those who took their own lives, help the families to remember that You love us more than we could ever love You. Fill our hearts with the gratitude for knowing and loving You and help us support all those so drastically affected by these deaths. Fill our hearts with kindness and mercy as we realize their needs and please Lord, embrace each one of them with your love. We ask you for the blessings of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
by Eileen Quinn Knight Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Those Who Have Suffered Abuse by the Clergy
God, in your providential love you comfort those who are wounded and afflicted.
Hear our prayers for those who have suffered abuse by those in their families or by those entrusted with their care.
In a special way, we pray for those who suffered abuse by clergy who betrayed a sacred trust and who was meant to
stand for your loving presence in their lives.
May those who have been hurt find support and encouragement in communities of faith, hope, and love.
May they discover healing in genuinely loving and caring relationships.
May they reclaim hope for themselves.
May they be strengthened and confirmed in their resolve to set things right.
May they rest in you who make all things work for the good.
by Father Louis J Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
To save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm is done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
by Christian Peschken Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world. You then entrusted the human community with caring for and enhancing, your creation. Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously. Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth. We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support. For this, we make our prayerful plea in your name.
by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, 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
by Father Louis J. Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to End Racism
As we gather together for prayer and communion, we are reaffirming our commitment to love unconditionally, welcome all people and work to root out the cancer of racism that betrays our faith and country’s highest principles.”
by The Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts, Senior Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington. DC
A Prayer for East Africa
O Lord, with so much tragedy going on in our own country, children separated from their parents at our borders,
needy asylum seekers turned away,
against the spirit of all that we stand for,
as stated on the Statue of Liberty,
help us to think of, pray for, and find the means to help others
around the world,
especially the millions of people facing starvation
in East Africa.
We are called by the Jewish prophets and by Jesus
to help all in need, and our country has the resources to do so.
Help us to work together with other nations around the world
to raise awareness of the desperation of the East Africans,
and to pool our resources to send them food and medical aid,
so that they may survive
and help others to survive
We ask this in the name of our Loving Father, the Son who sacrificed his life for all,
and the Holy Spirit who permeates all reality and the hearts and souls of all humans.
Amen by Dr. Eugene Fisher 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 of you
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
Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees
Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body, you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst! Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, but you poured out your love and compassion on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.
Lord Jesus, help us by your grace,
To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice;
To share our abundance as you spread a banquet before us;
To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.
We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
God of freedom, beauty, and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.
We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
They are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.
Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
that trafficker will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that other is not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.
Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty, and truth.
Amen. May it be so.
by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth ,Convent Station, N.J.
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