USCCB Migration Chairman Deeply Disappointed By Administration’s Decision To Terminate The Central American Minors Parole Program

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, expresses his opposition to the Administration’s decision to end parole processing for individuals in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who apply to enter the U.S. through the Central American Minors (CAM) program. Bishop Vasquez, who is currently in El Salvador, says that the elimination of this program puts the lives of vulnerable children at risk for greater harm.

The Solar Eclipse was Magnificent

I did not know what to expect.  I joked that the “Path of Totality” sounded like a good name for a band.  I laughed when I heard that Bonnie Tyler was going to sing “Total eclipse of the heart” during the total eclipse.  I observed that at least the Chiquita banana company (the Chiquita Banana Eclipse since the sun would look like a Chiquita banana) and the makers of Slim Jim (the path of totality reminds us of their favorite snack) used the moment in the way of capitalism.  

I understood the significance of seeing a total solar eclipse, but my mind was occupied about whether or not the students viewing the eclipse would keep their eclipse glasses on during the time when it was not safe to look directly at the sun.  But soon it became clear they were as caught up in the eclipse as everyone else here.  Our path where I teach provided 79 seconds of totality, or the period of time when the moon fully covered the sun.  It was spectacular.  (Be sure to check out coverage and pictures provided by the Saint Louis Review, the Archdiocesan paper of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.)

Jesus the Teacher: Homily for Sunday, August 20, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here.

Readings for Today

Today can be one of those Sundays when the readings are not easy to figure out.  Jesus says some things in today’s gospel that seem to display prejudice.  But let’s be clear.  That cannot be true.  Prejudice is sinful.  Jesus cannot sin.  While he is fully human, he is also fully divine.  It cannot be the case that Jesus can sin.  Period. So what is going on here in the gospel?

Keep in mind that we cannot see facial expressions.  We cannot sense tone.  It is not clear what the setting is.  But what is clear is that Jesus is a teacher.  And rather than Jesus learning, it is Jesus teaching.  He is in a non-Jewish area of Israel.  He knows the mission is to everyone.  But it is not clear the disciples do.  And it is not clear the disciples understand the connection between miracles and faith.  It is faith that heals the woman’s daughter. And by the way Jesus handles this woman, and his disciples, we come to know his mission is universal.

New Feature: Now You Can Ask for Prayers

We are launching a new feature: you can ask us to pray for you.  From the beginning of creation, religious people have prayed for each other.  From the earliest days of Christianity, the words of Saint Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians invited Christians to pray unceasingly.  “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Blaming “all sides” for Charlottesville violence is wrong

It is hard to imagine there is anyone in the United States that is not aware of the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.  It has been a topic of conversation for many since last Saturday.  As with most significant events, there have been comments from many since the events in Charlottesville unfolded.  The conversation continues in large part because of the statements, tweets, and answers to questions by President Donald Trump.

USCCB President And Domestic Justice Chairman Call For Prayer And Unity In Response To Deadly Charlottesville Attack

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to yesterday’s violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Seeking Silence: Homily for Sunday, August 13, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here.

Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is one of my favorite readings.  Despite all of the marvelous things God has done, people’s hearts are not being changed.  In fact, it seems the more Elijah shows God’s power, the worse it gets for him. He wants to die. But in an ever so silent way, God comes to Elijah. But not dramatically, as in an earthquake, fire or mighty wind, but in a tiny whispering sound.

It can be so hard today to find a tiny whispering sound.  We are so distracted.  There is so much noise around us.  Cell phones, tablets, computers, and more.  We are constantly bombarded with outside information and distractions.  And while there is good to these devices, there is also a challenge.  Do they bring us closer to God, or do they drive God away?

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