Undocumented failure: Why we must care for our immigrant brothers and sisters
The father, in his rage and grief, told me that this country did not care about his son who lay dying.
Certain events in our lives get burned into our memories and become a part of us. Often these events happen at beginnings and endings: births and deaths. Perhaps because of the definitude of those moments, we recognize them as utterly important and crucial.
Get to know a person living in poverty
Creating a culture of encounter requires more than just organizing drives. It might even mean learning a name or two.
About 10 years ago, during a college Christmas break, I spent a couple of days with a group of classmates at a Franciscan community of priests and brothers in the South Bronx. One night we packed a van with sandwiches and a tank of hot chocolate, and a friar named Brother Giuseppe drove us down to Lower Manhattan. We parked and unloaded at a street corner where the Franciscans spend time with the homeless all year round.
Pope Francis to build showers for people experiencing homelessness in St. Peter’s Square
c. 2014 Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor—and upend the expectations of the papacy—Pope Francis plans to build showers for people who are homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along the marble columns leading into the historic basilica, which was completed in 1626.
Is suicide a sin?
Generations of Catholics were raised to believe that suicide was one of the gravest sins a person can commit—and many Catholics today still fear that a loved one who dies by suicide is bound to spend eternity in hell. Many families have stories of being denied a church funeral or hearing that the person who died could not be buried in the Catholic cemetery where their family members were laid to rest. Yet even though these beliefs persist among many Catholics, they aren’t an entirely accurate reflection of the church’s modern understanding of suicide.
What is liberation theology?
A little more than a year into his papacy, Pope Francis seems to be speaking loudest about economic injustice, alternatively denouncing “trickle-down” economics and calling over and over again for a “poor church for the poor.” Francis’ supporters and opponents alike often blame this particular attitude on one source: liberation theology.
Starving for attention: Bringing food production back to the masses
Let’s stop big corporations from playing hunger games with our food production.
What every church should know about preventing suicide
When a person dies by suicide, those left behind often find themselves asking the same painful question: “What could I have done to prevent this?” In most cases, there is no answer, and no one individual should hold him- or herself personally responsible for preventing a loved one’s suicide. But as the understanding of suicide and its causes has increased, so too have prevention efforts. When larger communities learn strategies for preventing suicide, it can make a difference in helping reduce the number of suicides.
St. Vincent de Paul: Patron of the poor
We can borrow Vincent de Paul’s tough questions about how to best help those most in need.
Turn away from the new iPhone and toward your neighbor. This is the message of Pope Francis—to reject what he labels the “throwaway culture” in which not just possessions but people are disposable when a newer, flashier model appears. Instead of spiritual worldliness, Pope Francis invites us to build community, to become a church on the margins. To do this, we might just need a little help from the saints.
The crisis on the border and blame to spread around
The current wave of child migration really began on our side of the border.
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