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Profiles August 2018 Issue

Updated: Aug 8, 2018

by Gordon Nary

A Message from the Editor

We welcome Valeria Stokes as an Editorial Advisor.

We appreciate the opportunity of featuring our interview with Anna Mayer in both English and Spanish.

We appreciate Dr. Eugene Fisher’s powerful commentary on a United States political candidate who us a Holocaust denier.

We ask our readers to check our Advocacy page and make a contribution when possible. Even the smallest amount may help enhance and even save someone’s life.

We ask our readers to pray for a reduction in the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

Prayer of the Month

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

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

Quote of the Month

"Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death." by Pope Francis Interviews

General Articles/Commentaries

Articles and Commentaries on the United States Immoral Separations of Immigrant Children from their Parents


How do we love our neighbor as ourselves?

Donation request for mentally retarded children in India

Help International Rescue Committee save lives in Yemen and worldwide.

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.

West Africa food crisis threatens 6 million by Caritas International

Help Sasha Save Her Soulmate Chad

by Ethical Solutions, Organizer for American Living Organ Donor Network

Imparting Agricultural Skills for Life by Nick Costello HEAL

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

Upcoming Events

Righting Relations After the Holocaust and Vatican II: Essays in Honor of John Pawlikowski, OSM Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm The Seminary Co-op Bookstores 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637

Conference on Religion & Racial Justice in South Africa and the United States 12-15 August 2018 at Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre, Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Book Reviews/Commentaries

Film Reviews/Commentaries

Television Reviews/Commentaries

Music Performances Reviews/Commentaries

Leonard Bernstein’s liturgy for the world

Reviewed by Kevin McCabe America


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 Those Who Died and their Families in the Branson Boating Accident God of our hope and destiny, we entrust into your loving hands all those who tragically died in the boating accident in Branson. Console their families, strengthen the first responders, and draw the community of Branson together to provide mutual strength. In the face of loss, remind us of your promise of eternal life. As we grieve, let us know that you will one day turn our tears into your joy. Walk with us, especially in the dark moments of our lives. Give us renewal and help us draw courage from you. Amen by Fr. Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

Prayer for the children in Thailand, and their rescuers.

‘’Out of the Darkness, into the Light ‘’ ‘ ’O Lord, you are omnipresent indeed.’’

‘’For even in the mouth of hollows of the damp and flooded caves of the earth’ ’The Dominating presence of darkness and fear where the cries and the prayers of the trapped children of the Thailand

Millions of peoples prayed for the safety of the 12 brave children imprisoned in the desolate underground water filled caves. We pray for the rescue of this seemly impossible mission. Bless lord all the other involved in this colossal endeavor to free the young soccer continue to inspire more men and women in this difficult and dangerous task that few choose to follow. In essence and in truth lord, we know that your hand and Love was always close in every attempt, for ‘’you’’ are, and will always be the light and salvation of the world, in Jesus Christ name.


by Fr. Sudhakar Thalla 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 J. Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

Prayer Against Depression O Christ Jesus When all is darkness And we feel our weakness and helplessness, Give us the sense of Your Presence, Your Love and Your Strength. Help us to have perfect trust In Your protecting love And strengthening power, So that nothing may frighten or worry us, For, living close to You, We shall see Your Hand, Your Purpose, Your Will through all things. Amen. by St Ignatius of Loyola

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 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 and thrive.

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 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 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 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 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 of 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 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.

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


Laudato Si' Conference Review by Global Catholic Climate Movement

Village by Village: Eradicating Cholera in Haiti by Water With Blessings

Documentary film on earthquake victims by International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)

Immigrants are not a danger, they are in danger. Panel at the UN Geneva

by PESCHKEN reports

Cardinal Tagle laments deaths of innocent people in Philippines by pnews

Faith and the Faithful in the Republican Party

by Global Georgetown

What is a Jesuit Vocation? by James Martin, S.J. Loyola Productions, Inc.

A Church on the (Digital) Streets by Michael Rossmann, SJ. The Jesuit Post

The Unbelief of St Thomas - Praying with Art by Geoff Wheaton SJ Jesuits in Britain

Saving Lives for Forty Years - 1978 - 2018 by Aid for Women

Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary - Amazing Scientific Analysis by Knight Light

Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

by The Pope Video -

Why Catholics Leave the Church by Bishop Robert Barron

Thomas Merton from "Who Cares About The Saints?" with Fr. James Martin, S.J.

by Loyola Productions, Inc.

Siervos de María al servicio de los inmigrante by Frailes Siervos de María OSM

The Catholic Church in China | A Short Documentary by America Magazine/ The Jesuit Review

Lessons from Lourdes: Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette

by Gabi Afterhours

Developmental Surveillance: What, Why and How

by American Academy of Pediatrics

Nicaragua: Masked men assault bishop, intimidate nuncio and cardinal

by Rome Reports

Padre Pio's Secret to Holiness

by Ascension Presents

Rev Leo's interview at Breakfast, Pts 1 2

by HEAL Nigeria

Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion by Marco Lo Russo

What Are We Waiting For by Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ The Jesuit Post

Retirement Fund for the Religious

The Life- Global Sisters Report

Become the Joy in Broken Communities - Midwest Capuchin Franciscan Vocations

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