We are concluding our program about the Passion of the Christ in Faith and Art at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Newnan. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 we are covering the Crucifixion, Death and Burial of Jesus. The presentation is at this link:The Passion in Word and Art 2018 – Session 4
Speak Up! Congress is dithering as usual and your voice is needed. DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals expires soon.
Polling in the United States consistently shows that an astounding 87% of all American citizens support bi-partisan action in Congress to protect the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. There is no other issue in our country where such a huge majority of Americans are in agreement. The problem is that Congress, as usual, cannot get its act together. We can change that and each of us should speak up.
We are continuing our program about the Passion of the Christ in Faith and Art at
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Newnan. Tonight we are covering the Trial of Jesus. The presentation is at this link: The Passion of Christ in Faith and Art – Session 3
Recently a good friend of mine who knows about my work with #CatholicReliefServices and #Refugees gave me a poem written by Brian Bilston. As I read it, I was shocked at first and then as I continued it was clear to me that the poem expresses the very sad dichotomy that exists in our society regarding the plight of those fleeing war and persecution and any moral obligation that we have to assist them.
I think it correctly expresses the sentiment of those who look (and read) down without compassion and fail to see or care about these families escaping war and potential death. Then the poem expresses the sentiment of those who look (and read) up, with their eyes open, with compassion and mercy, just like the Good Samaritan who came to the aid of a stranger. Perhaps as Lent begins, we should try to look (and read) upward and #ShareTheJourney with these refugees who are simply fellow human beings.
REFUGEES They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or me Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers With bombs up their sleeves Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We should make them Go back to where they came from They cannot Share our food Share our homes Share our countries Instead let us Build a wall to keep them out It is not okay to say These are people just like us A place should only belong to those who are born there Do not be so stupid to think that The world can be looked at another way (now read from bottom to top)
We are conducting a program about the Passion of the Christ in Faith and Art at St. Mary Magdalene in Newnan. I am doing the “faith” part and Mrs. Carol Toole is doing the “art” part. We are having fun and hopefully the attendees are learning something too!! The presentation for Session #2 is at this link: Passion of Christ in Faith and Art – Session 2.
I have just added a page to this website that contains some of the Adult Faith Formation Courses that I have taught recently. You can find it here: Adult Faith Formation. These presentations accompany the lectures and classes given at parishes and other locations. As you will see, they cover a range of topics. I have many older presentations that I have used over the past 14 years and as I clean them up, they will be posted here. Any comments, thoughts and ideas are welcome!
On Wednesday, Pope Francis led an inspiring launch of #SharetheJourney, a global, two-year campaign in support of migrants and refugees. He opened his arms wide in a loving gesture and said, “Christ urges us to welcome our brothers and sisters with our arms truly open, ready for a sincere embrace, a loving and enveloping embrace.”
Migrants and refugees are not after our jobs, our lives or our culture. They are looking with hope toward a brighter future for their families in collaboration and with integration into their new homeland; just as my ancestors sought the same in the mid-1700’s. Their plight is little different from those in my family who fled war, persecution and economic hardship almost three hundred years ago. Continue reading “#ShareTheJourney”→