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  • Writer's pictureProfiles in Catholicism

May 2018 Issue

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis




  • Help save the lives of people in Kenya who are dying from lack of access to clean water.  Please read our interview with Father Joseph Mungai, FMH.

  • Stop the deportation of Boris Leiva by Ignatian Spirituality Network

  • Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless... Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs. With 150 programs at 153 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves. Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church

  • Support Capuchin Community Services At the Capuchin Community Services, we support those who cannot support themselves. We are grateful to you for your support whether it be through prayer, through donated goods, or through financial donation. Please be assured that we are careful stewards of your trust. We welcome contributions of any size. All are acknowledged and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Capuchin Community Services is a ministry of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. Unless otherwise directed, donations support the local ministry and the Province. To donate through the mail: Capuchin Community Services PO Box 05830 Milwaukee, WI  53205-0830

Book Reviews and Commentaries

Film Reviews and Commentaries

TV Reviews and Commentaries

Feasting with The Saints

Remembering Those Who Have Passed Please Remember Them in Your Prayers

  • May 06 - Lillian F. Kurzawski

  • May 16 - William Ferris

  • May 17 - Fr. Carlo M. Marchetti, O.S.M.

  • May 28 - Fr. Lawrence M Choate, O.S.M.


Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province

Facing New Challenges: Working with refugees worldwide

Mastering Love and Relationships


Paul Ryan under fire for House chaplain's ouster

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

Oratorio SOFFIO DI DIO per Salvo D'Acquisto Marco Lo Russo fisarmonica orchestra Palcoscenico RAI 2


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 Fr. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia.

Lord God, we mourn the death of your faithful servant Fr. Juan Miguel Con. As a Mother, I would just like to hug him, as a member of our Church Itesting. He ventured out to check out the crowd. Suddenly a rubber bullet struck his throat at close range, and he fell to the ground. He was taken to two hospitals where they refused him entrance as a protester. At the third hospital, he died. Lord we are sorry for our brother Alvaro and ask that this murder like that of Blessed Romero help us to realize how to treat each other with the love that you gave us. You asked us to love our neighbor as ourself and this needs to be in our heart and soul every moment of the day. This violence harms every member of your family. We ask you to assist us in peacefully obliterating violence in the name of Jesus.

by by Eileen Quinn Knight ,Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer for Barbara Bush

by Denise Sutherland Profiles in Catholicism

Gracious Father, and Generous Giver of Life,

All praise and glory to you for blessing the United States of America and the world you created with the life of your daughter, Barbara Bush. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Barbara exemplified your holy values of marriage, family and motherhood, and served you as a role model for families and mothers of many generations. The matriarch of this great nation, Barbara was a beacon of your blessed virtues of truth, integrity, humility, and strength. Moved by the passion of the Holy Spirit in her heart your daughter, Barbara, served the economically and educationally disadvantaged and glorified you with her ardent advocacy of literacy.

May you embrace Barbara lovingly in your arms during this time of transition to her heavenly home, and may you comfort her family and those mourning her passing with the peace that transcends all human understanding.

We offer this prayer in the name of your Son, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

A Prayer for Those Killed and Injured in the Münster, Germany Van Attack

Lord, our God, we give you thanks for all of grace you have bestowed upon us. Lord, we pray for those who fail to recognize the grace and goodness you bring to our soul. We pray for those who are blinded by anger and hatred. We pray for those blinded by mental illness or rage. Lord, give us the strength to fight the weapons of the world with prayer and love. May your grace strengthen us to draw people into your loving embrace. We ask all this united to your Risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

by Ryan Brady Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer for the Students and Teachers Massacred in Parkland, Florida

Watch over us, God of tender mercy,

as we bury our children and their teachers

who should not have died so soon, and

who should not have come under attack

by dark forces we cannot understand.

Give us courage in our grieving,

a resolute spirit to change what we can,

and a determination to stay with you and each other,

as we all make our journey home to you. Amen

by Father Louis J. Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer to End Gun Violence

Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,

Before your passion,

As you 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

Prayer to St. Peregrine

We pray to you to comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved treatments for cancer in all counties. We also pray that you heal John O'Brien, OFM.

Praying for Phillip

Prayer for Senator John McCain

Almighty God from all evils and the scourges of cancer, deliver your servant John McCain, we pray to the Lord. Graciously hear us, O Lord.

A Prayer for Those with Disabilities

Giving praise and thanks to you, O God

In whose image we have all been created,

We gather in faith and love,

Where through the power of the Spirit,

All our bodies,

disabled and non disabled alike,

all become one Body in Christ Jesus.

With tender mercy and love you created life and hope

out of darkness and emptiness,

and then in your wisdom,

because you understood that human vulnerability

is the source of communion in the Kingdom,

you sent your only child to enter into the frailty of human life.

Your graciousness is a never-ending source of justice and mercy

best known to us through Jesus, the Christ,

Who in life, death and resurrection,

preached hope and inclusion.

Even when we sin by excluding

those who society pushes to the margins because they are different,

you continue to shower us with mercy by inviting us

back to the table of embodied love,

giving us yet another chance to taste and drink of a justice

that welcomes the estranged and the stranger as friend

and bids us, here and now,

to join you in building the Kingdom.

[This is the preface from the "Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion”

A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking

As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.

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 traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;

that all of us might live in such a way

that others are 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.


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