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A Quote to Remember
“I would say that it falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climate change and its social consequences.”
by Pope Francis
O Still speaking God! You, Transcendent One, create the Helix, the dance of life which builds and keeps creating! You, Immanent One, create us in your image, within that dancing Helix with you and all of life. You dance through space and time at one with all you have made; combining, re-combining, making all things new; You act both IN history and THROUGH linear time... Past, present and future come together in new steps. We cannot fully understand, O Ultimate Mystery, but we dance with you through space and time, Taking a part in your creative work which goes on and on. On this Science and Technology Sunday, We covenant with you and with the church in all its settings to serve you boldly and dynamically, Still speaking God, To join your dance of life, and share in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world as made manifest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And to this call, we respond: Amen. Let all the people say: AMEN!
by Servants of Mary
A Prayer for Those Who Died and Were Injured by the Tennessee Tornadoes
“Tennessee tornadoes’ death toll was tied to a lack of warning, awareness, and readiness”
In the face of disaster, we may consider Job.
He was a man who had everything: home, family, wealth. Then one day one messenger after another reported to him about the lost first of cattle, then of his sheep, and then of his camels. Lastly a messenger with this news:
“And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
20 Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair. He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, 21 and said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” 22 In all this Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.
In all this Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!”
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!”
O Lord, blessed be your name. (Job 1)
by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Syrian Refugees
Good and Gracious God,
Our lives are heavy with the sadness of this migrant crisis. Are we not all migrants? Our major thrust Lord is that of fleeing and finding. We are fleeing from an unsafe and unhappy place to a place of resolve so the families can live in peace. Find us, Lord, this place for our Syrian brothers and sisters. A place of rest and concern for each other. .According to Turkey, Lord, the Syrians launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government in the 1980s in a bid to form an independent Kurdish state within Turkey — is a terrorist organization. Why did the death of its soldiers push Turkey to act? Turkey, which agreed on a deal with Brussels to limit the number of EU-bound migrants in 2016, has long threatened to let refugees head for Europe. But experts say the death of its soldiers in Idlib was the straw that broke the camel’s back as Turkey’s concerns built up. So, why did it act now? Firstly, it wants to draw international attention to the crisis in Idlib, which it fears could send a fresh influx of refugees into Turkey, according to Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat and expert with Carnegie Europe. But it also considers Brussels to have reneged on the 2016 deal and wants guarantees the EU will continue funding the hosting of refugees on its territory. Other experts say Turkey wants the EU to pressure Russia to stop supporting Syrian government troops and agree to a ceasefire. Lord, we need a cease-fire. Hear our prayers Lord and assist us in our sorrow. Around 90 percent of refugees in Turkey are from Syria and they are treated well compared to others. Let us treat all others as we would our families, Lord
by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Yemen
All merciful God, take and hold the people of Yemen, especially the children and other vulnerable people. Sustain the people of this war-torn land with your hope. Turn the hearts of aggressors to thoughts of peace. Stir the conscience of the international community, and enable international leaders to work for peace. Let none of us forget our brothers and sisters who struggle and suffer in a distant land, but help all of us to be for each other your true and generous children who know that your grace always outpaces our failures, and who acknowledge you the source of all our good who is our one God forever and ever.
by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
by Kerry Weber America
Catholics’ Opinions about Faith and Science by Mark M. Gray, Ph.D. Center for Applied Research in the Apostolates
Intersection of faith and science focus of program aimed at high school students by Charles C. Camosy Crux
Science is a way to know God better, author says by Charles C. Camosy Crux
Faith and Science by The Vatican Observatory Foundation
Modern Physics, the Beginning, and Creation by Stephen Barr Catholic Education Resolution Center
by Edwin Benson Return to Order
Lunar Central by Richard Hill Sacred Space Astronomy
From the V.O. Faith and Science Pages: The Jesuit Contribution to Seismology by Vatican Observatory Faith and Science
by Carol Glatz The Pilot
Link to Artificial Intelligence
by Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Register
Canadian hospice forced to close after refusing to offer assisted dying by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Make Syria ‘priority’ over ‘every other interest’ says Pope Francis by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report
From Canterbury to Rome: Why the Queen’s Former Chaplain Became Catholic by K.V. Turley National Catholic Register
by Tara Isabella Burton Religion News Service
Link to Coronavirus
by Vatican News
Francis calls Legionaries of Christ to ‘continuous conversion’ at end of Rome meeting by CNA Daily News/ The Catholic World Report
Chicago’s $90 million plan to save its Catholic schools by Michael J. O’Loughlin America
by Kaya Oakes America
Link to Catholic Education
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Edward Grosz ,In September, a priest who was sexually abused as a seminarian alleged that Bishop Grosz responded to his 2003 report of the abuse by threatening his vocation.
by Catholic News Agency/ National Catholic Register
by Charles C. Camosy. Purple Catholicism//Religion News Service
Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
The Real Meaning of ‘Religious Liberty'. A License to Discriminate. An Essay by Katherine Stewart The New York Review of Books Daily
Augustine. Nicolas Lhernould, 44, to be installed Bishop of Constantine-Hippo in Algeria by Mélinée Le Priol La Croix International
Scholars get 'once-in-a-lifetime' look at Vatican WWII papal archive by Lena Klimkeit dpa-international
Bishop Fitzpatrick's call to aid suffering in Ireland by Thomas Lester
The Boston PilotCatholic Worker confronts new era as TV documentary spotlights Dorothy Day's legacy by Peter Feuerherd, Don Clemmer ,and Sarah Salvadore National Catholic Reporter
Memorial grows for Arizona boy whose parents jailed in death by Felicia Fonseca Crux Link to Murder
Europe's migrant crisis: Why Turkey let refugees head for EU and the link with Syria by Chris Harris euronews
Greece migrants: Caritas Europa says humane and dignified response needed by Lydia O’Kan Vatican News
Thousands of Migrants Stranded at Border between Turkey-Greece and Don't Know where to Turn by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News Service
Man killed by police during incident at Catholic church in California by Associated Press/Crux
The Shadow -- starring Tom Brady by Dick Flavin The Pilot
Inspiration from Kobe memorial propels Bishop Mora team to historic run by Tom Hoffarth Angelus News
by Brian Kelly Catholicism.org
Link to African Challenges
by La Croix International staff La Croix International
Demolition, family strife push boys to the streets of Nairobi by Doreen Ajiambo Global Sisters Report
by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service/Angelus
Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
Nigerian Priest Kidnapped After Sunday Mass Has Been Set Free by Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Register
Grief, controversy mark anniversary of Ethiopian plane crash by Elias Meseret, David Koenig and Geoffrey Kaviti/Associated Press/Crux
by Charles Collins Crux
by Crux Staff Crux
by Crux Staff Crux
by Father Daniel P Horan, OFM EarthBeat
by Independent Catholic News
by Matt Malone, S.J. America
Link to US Military and Veterans
Some concerned Turkish president is weaponizing Syrian refugees by Dale Gavlak Crux
El Salvador: Former colonel to be charged for Jesuit murders by Independent Catholic News
Remembering the revolutionary priest and poet, Ernesto Cardenal by Robert Ellsberg America
Director: Church leaders find it easier to praise Dorothy Day in ‘historical lens’ by Christopher White Crux
Lebanon’s Economic Crisis Worsens by Doreen Abi Raad National Catholic Register
Domestic violence and human trafficking among issues Anglican women take to UN by Staff Writer Anglican Communion News Service Link to Domestic Violence and to Human Trafficking
Savage murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl by a twisted priest, Father Gerald Robinson, profiled on ID by Jerry Brown MonstersandCritics.com Link to Murdered Nuns
by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Link to Abortion
by Catholic News Agency/AngelusSurrogacy bill needs review’by Times of India
Archbishop Fisher of Sydney provides Insights on Religion and Mental Health "Being a Christian doesn’t immunize you to life’s challenges." by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World Link to Mental Health/Illness
by Greg Erlandson The Boston Pilot
by UCA News reporter UCANews.com
by La Croix International
Link to Exorcism and Satanism
The startling prayer life of Søren Kierkegaard“ The function of prayer is not to influence God,” Kierkegaard said, “but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” by Karen Wright Marsh America
by Nick Mayrand Crux
Asha Deepam kindles light of hope in Indian children with disabilities by Philip Mathew Global Sisters Report Link to Disabilities and to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Dad’s quest to find son’s killer shines light on prescription drug crisis by Peter Finney Jr. Catholic News Service/Crux Link to Substance Use/Addiction
by Sarah Mac Donald EarthBeat
Link to Environment and Climate Challenges
Do You Have Netflix Syndrome?by Ian Peoples The Jesuit PostCrisis of Conscience. The Lines People Won’t Cross for Trump by Paul Moses Commonweal Link to United States Politics
The mystery of the Shroud by Ashleigh Kassoc The Arlington Catholic Herald
Link to Blindness/Deafness
by Michael Sainsbury UCANews.com
Link to Human Trafficking
Baltimore priests working to reverse decline in confession in novel ways by Tim Swift Catholic News Service/Crux
After the Execution of Nathan Woods in Alabama, Catholics React by Matt Hadro CNA/National Catholic Register.
What’s it like to say Mass on death row? An interview with the Jesuit chaplain of San Quentin prison by Jesuitical America Link to Prison Challenges
Report: Rolls-Royce cancels offer for private Mass with Pope Francis by Jack Jenkins Religion News Service
Plagues, Politics, Prayers by Robert Royal The Catholic Thing
How Franciscans in Syria are helping kids heal from war trauma by CNA Daily News/Catholic World Report Link to Children Outreach/Protection
Kirk Franklin: ‘Kumbaya moments’ are not enough for better race relations by Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Link to Racial Challenges
by Sujata Jena Global Sisters Report
Link to Homeless
Fear and uncertainty haunt Mexico’s monarch butterfly reserve after activists’ murder by Jan-Albert Hootsen America
Filipino bishops say abuse of women is an ‘affront to God’ by CNA Daily News/Catholic World Report
by Charles Collins Crux
by Catholic News Service/Crux
by Laura Teraci The Pilot
by Jessy Joseph Global sisters Report
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Creation and Cosmology: Attempt at sketching a modern Christian Theology of Nature by Dr. Rudolf B. Brun Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.. Profiles in Catholicism
Strong Force – The Story of Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson by Diane O’Connell Commentary by Sacred Space Astronomy
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The Seed Who Was Afraid to be Planted by Anthony DeStefano Commentary by Mark Shea Patheos
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The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics by Ben Buchanan Commentary by Sarah Fallon Longreads
Catch And Kill by Ronan Farrow Reviewer by Megan K. McCabe America
Dying to Live: Stories From Refugees on the Road to Freedom. by Danielle Vella Reviewed by Mark Pattison America
Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story Commentary by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
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Bayano Reviewed by Retta Blaney National Catholic Reporter
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
Father George Coyne Interview - Richard Dawkins
Is Religion Opposed to Science?
Catholic Contributors to Science
The True Story of Padre Pio
The Truth About Jean Vanier
Clean Water For God's Thirsty Children
Marco Lo Russo - Ave Maria dedicated to Pope Francis