Saturday, January 24, 2015
Pace e Bene’s John Dear was recently nominated again for the Nobel Peace Prize along with another well known Indian peace activist Dr. Leo Rebello. John was nominated a few years ago as well by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Read the nomination letter.
On January 26th for the last 3 years, high school students from all around Australia have been joining us in raising awareness for children in detention. The perception that the public have of children in detention is that they're being freed when, in fact, there still being held in immigration detention. This year, we want to let everyone know that they're still not free.
Australian YCS is a movement run by, for and with high school students. On Australia Day, we continue to remember the kids our age locked up in immigration detention.
We are asking you to stand with us in taking action. Invite your friends, help us get the message across. We believe in a better Australia.
To join us in taking action, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:
1. Grab a marker
2. Write the hashtags #cantyouseetheyrestillnotf
This is a chance for you you to get creative. Write on your skin, or on a sign and make some funky photos
3. Take a photo with the hashtags clearly visible
4. Post the photos on the Australian YCS Facebook page with the caption:
Australian YCS Aus Day action
5. Share and like yours and other people's photos!
For more information visit the Australian YCS Facebook page
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 05, 2015
Over in Wikipedialand we learn that in Christianity, the Epiphany refers to a realization that Christ is the son of God. Western churches generally celebrate the Visit of the Magi as the revelation of the Incarnation of the infant Christ, and commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.
The traditional image usually included in the Nativity setting has three well dressed albeit weary travelers paying homage as would be customary in the courts of royalty.
However, the reality is that Jesus was irreverent. That is the marvel of the Gospel texts. He wasn't the obvious cover-boy for the Vatican News or The Catholic Leader
The Jesus story including the Epiphany reminds us that we will find the sacred in the ordinary experiences of life. After you have been to Rome,Lourdes, Mecca,Jerusalem,Wittenberg, the Ganges and other holy places you return to the joy, hope, grief and anguish that make up our daily bread.
And if you look around and into the eyes of those who serve your coffee and hang out with you the sacred will be there for you to discover and you will have your Epiphany!!
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial JusticeAdvent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are called to cry out for a different way. In consultation with several others, CMTer and former law enforcement officer Tobias Winright has prepared a statement of commitment to racial justice, which names the particularly difficult hope we might bring to illuminate darkness. We are happy to share the statement here on this blog. Many Catholic theologians, including myself and my co-editor, Jana Bennett, have already signed on to the statement. Please pray and act for truth and reconciliation this season…
Today, the eleventh day of Christmas is also Epiphany Sunday in many Churches of the West.This is the the day for a jolly good sing-a-long with We Three Kings. I suggest you turn the volume up, stand up and parade around in full voice with Hugh Jackman and friends:
Friday, January 02, 2015
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Leonord Cohen Anthem
Leonord Cohen Anthem
Over a lifetime of six decades I have watched funerals of politicians, religious leaders and celebrities.However the funeral for Daniel Morecombe' was a public ritual of grief that spoke of light breaking the darkness is our community and culture.
Out of the dark tragic story of Daniel's abduction and death, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have forged a commitment to the care and protection of children. Daniel's light will shine on in the way he has brought a community together in the Daniel Morecombe Foundation.