A Message from the Editor
There is an urgent need to fund mental health studies, Increase access to care to all those inn need, and reduce the stigma of with mental earth challenges For an overview of some of these challenges refer to our web on Mental Health/Illness.
We congratulate Regina Pontes for the Catholic Press Association Awards Indie Author for Perseverance is Key.
Prayer for Inclusion
Creator God, we are your people. We look to the future with optimism and with faith in you, As we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life. For all people with mental illness. We pray that every man, woman and child May develop their potential And meet you In themselves and in one another. May we enjoy a totally welcoming community, With you as our center, Joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Based on the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities – NCPD Council (National Catholic Partnership on Disability)
A Quote to Remember
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increase the burden: It is easier to say "My tooth is aching" than to say "My heart is broken".”
by C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain Interviews
Three Ways to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness by Tina Maylux Patheos Link to Mental Health/Illness
Who is our neighbor? Anyone who is in need by Thomas Gumbleton National Catholic Reporter
The radical theological vision of Pope Francis In an overlooked address the Jesuit pope offers a renewed theology for our turbulent times by Robert Mickens La Croix International
Dad steps up and takes daughter with autism to prom by Cerith Gardiner Aleteia Link to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Cardinal Tagle: There’s no Room for Individualism in Evangelization by Joroy Lagarde Zenit Link to Evangelization
Cupich: Ending clericalism central to Church really being ‘field hospital by Catholic News Service/Crux
When “I’m sorry” is not Enough by Juan Ruiz, SJ The Jesuit Post
Brother of Pakistani martyr wants global day for ‘basic human rights’ by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Human Rights
They put a gun to my head,’ says Honduran mother of six by David Agren Catholic News Service/Crux Link to Gun Violence
Catholic groups face risks to help homeless in Brazil by Eduardo Campos Lima Crux Link to Homeless
Chicago woman’s healing is miracle in Cardinal Newman’s sainthood cause by Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service/Crux
Bagpipe-playing Australian bishop faces challenges with a joke and a smile by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Catholicism and Humor
Chicago Public Schools urged to take lesson from Catholic Church on sex abuse by Elizabeth Bachmann Catholic News Service/America Link to Catholic Schools
Diocese’s baseball outing aimed at fellowship, evangelization and fun too by Denis Grasska Crux Link to Sports and Spirituality
I Met a Father Once by Dr. Tim Cavanagh Mission Doctors Association
Shepherding amid scandal: Archbishops talk about healing by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/America Link to Sexual Violence Against Minors
Understanding the wounded psyche of gang members by R.W. Dellinger America Link to Gang Violence
Mother of French quadriplegic brings appeal to keep him alive to U.N. by Reuters Link to Disabilities
Commonly Prescribed Anticholinergic Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk by UPI/Bioethics.com Link to Dementia
Loving and Losing an Addict by Edith Taichman Tablet Link to Substance Use/Addiction
Nonwhite patients get less pain relief in U.S. emergency rooms by Lisa Rapaport Reuters Link to Racial Challenges
Why Catholic bishops need a year of abstinence on preaching about sexuality by John Gehring Religion News Service Link to Sexuality
Independence Day 2019: Where do we go from here? by Tony Magliano Acting Franciscan
How Much Is a Jewish Life Worth? by Adam Kirsch Tablet Link to Catholic/Jewish Challenges
Trafficking weaves a web around our lives by Sr. Nancy Sylvester Global Sisters Report Link to Human Trafficking
JRS report calls for communities of hospitality, end to hostile asylum policies by Independent Catholic News Link to Migrants, Refugees, and Immigrants
What's the path to true dialogue about gender in the church? by Daniel P. Horan National Catholic Reporter
Victims of papal ambassador in France to file complaint with Vatican Archbishop Luigi Ventura accused of repeated groping and inappropriate behavior by Nicolas Senèze La Croix International
The Dark Secret of Juvenile Detention Centers by Josh Voorhees Slate Link to Prison Challenges
Will the Catholic Church in China outlast the Chinese Communist Party? by Michael Kelly SJ La Croix International Link to Catholicism and China
Priest with a Swastika was suspected of Child Molestation by Lilly Nice The Gal Post Link to White Supremacy
Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them. by Ryan Devereaux The Intercept Link to Racial Challenges
As Ebola outbreak rages, the world just watches. Some call it 'malignant neglect' by Emily Baumgaertnew Los Angeles Times Link to Ebola
The U.S. Migrant Crisis is a Test for Christians by Jim Meisner Jr. Patheos Link to General United States Immigration Challenges
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Please send a donation for help save the life of my close friend Alwin Rex in India. Please read the article How do we love our neighbor as ourselves? and send a donation of $10.00 or more to help cover his healthcare costs to Father Thomas Ayyaneth, Syro Malankara Catholic Eparchial Chancery,1500 DePaul Street, Elmont, New York 11003, USA with a notation that the donation is for Alwin Rex. Father Thomas will process donations and send them to his pastor. Thank you Gordon Nary Editor, Profiles in Catholicism
When Children are Set Free by Father Shay Cullen Preda Foundation
Jesuits Telling Jokes: A (Serious) Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality by Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Benedict XVI: The First Emeritus Pope in History by Rosario Vitale Reviewed by Claire Giangravè Crux
Dignity by Chris Arnade Reviewed by John W. Miller America
Toy Story 4 Reviewed by Paul Asay Aleteia
Spider-Man: Far From Home Reviewed by David Edelstein Vulture
Gentleman Jack Reviewed by Rob Weinert-Kendt America
Chernobyl Reviewed by Mike Seay America
Theater Reviews and Commentaries
St. Joseph Freinademetz: The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong Commentary bt UCANews Reoirter UCANews,com
Feasting with the Saints
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 were 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 aright.
May they rest in you who make all things work for the good. Amen
by Father Louis Cameli 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
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
Prayer for Volunteers
Loving God, I believe that you have called me to serve the young Church. Dedicated me for this mission. And appointed as a prophet to a new generation. I am grateful and humbled that you have chosen me for this ministry. But in your wisdom, you did not leave me to do this work on my own – instead you have blessed me with dedicated and committed volunteers. Men and women you have also called, dedicated, and appointed for this ministry. Thank you for each of them. Thank you for uniquely equipping each of them with their own gifts and talents to be used in this ministry. Thank you for giving them each a willing heart and an eagerness to serve with gladness. Thank you for entrusting them to me and my leadership – help me to live up to that role. Strengthen and sustain each of the men and women who work alongside me. Grant them the patience, understanding, and grace to love and care for your teens – particularly for those teens who need extra patience, understanding, and grace. Help us to work as one body in Christ – filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit: That together we may offer to you our gifts and talents to build your kingdom. That we might be united by a common mission and zeal. That the young people we serve may see your glory reflected in our service. We ask this through your son’s holy and precious name. Amen. by ProjectYM
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