Monday, September 29, 2014

Living Justice in the Body of Christ

The North American Eastern Province of  the Sisters of Christian Charity and their Companions of Pauline assembled on Saturday, September 27 to discuss "Living Justice in the Body of Christ."  In the morning, participants heard presentations from Sister Diane Moughan, SCC, Professor of Theology at Morris Catholic High School in Denville, NJ and Sister Anna Nguyen, SCC, Assistant Director of Asian and Pacific Island Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.  The afternoon was spent visioning about the theme.  Guided by Scripture, The Joy of the Gospel, Catholic Social Teaching, and the writings of Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt, founder of the Sisters of Christian Charity, the day was filled with discussions of how Sisters of Christian Charity and Companions of Pauline can deepen their commitment to living justice in the Body of Christ.  One of the most important things that will be remembered from the day is:  LOVE ACTS!  Here are some photos of the day.  (Email subscribers:  If you do not see photos below, click here to go to the blog to view them.)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a peaceful approach (consisting of prayer and fasting, vigil and community outreach) to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods.  From September 24 to November 2, you can participate in 40 days for life.  Click here to find a location near you.  (If you are in the Morristown, NJ area, click here to get information about the local campaign.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

USCCB Call to Prayer

The U. S. Bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer, penance and sacrifice for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage and religious liberty.  Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pray for Peace

On this International Day of Peace, we are again sharing this simple video. (Email subscribers: If you do not see a video below, please click here to view.)
Let's also remember those participating in the People's Climate March today in New York City/


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws

Polaris Project has rated all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws regarding human trafficking.  Click here to access the report.  If you are from Delaware, New Jersey or Washington:  Congratulations!  Your state fulfills all 10 categories.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Prayer for 9/11

As we solemnly recall the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we continue to pray for peace on earth.  Here is a prayer that was written and shared by Thomas L. McDonald last year (available here):

Dear Lord, as we remember the evils of September 11, let us turn our hearts and minds toward the good found only in you; be close to those who mourn:  the parents who lost children, the children who never knew a parent, and all who lost a loved one.  Embrace this grieving nation and let time never lessen the impact of this day.  May we never forget.  Protect those who go in harm's way to save others and those who suffer and die to safeguard our nation.  Give wisdom to our leaders, that they may make choices that prevent another day such as this.  Convert the hearts of those who seek our destruction, and banish from the world the darkness that allows such hate to fester and grow.  Let your love rain down upon us, and let your peace flourish on the earth.  All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pray for the missionary sisters killed in Burundi

Please click here for information about the three Italian  Xaverian missionary Sisters who were killed in Burundi.  Chances are that by the time you get this message, the news will be updated beyond what's contained in this article.  So, stay current -- and PRAY!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Charity and Justice Must Guide Our Response

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque released its response to the "border crisis," reminding us that "charity and justice must guide our response."  Click here to view the page which might give us some ideas about our own response, especially regarding unaccompanied children.