The Song of the Desert

The Song of the Desert

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Recently, a friend messaged me in Facebook, venting she later shared with me, her frustrations about the present mood of the country, with the large numbers of people expressing their difficulties with the direction of the new US Administration. She says, “All this hate, judgmental name calling and anger of the Americans make me so disappointed and tired. Can they just calm down for a minute and give this man a chance.” I get her dissatisfaction. She feels…

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Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace

Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTIETH WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2017 1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred…

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My Interfaith Journey

My Interfaith Journey

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX  My initial encounters with Islam began while I was studying theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The ecumenical and interfaith possibilities were abundant there. During my internship as a theology student I worked for two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa. There it is predominately Muslim. The majority of Sierra Leoneans are adherent to Malikite Sunni Islam. Significant portions of Sierra Leonean Muslims are Ahmadis, Shia, and Non-denominational Muslims. Most mosques in Sierra Leone are…

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Rainy Season: It’s the Time of the Farmers

Rainy Season: It’s the Time of the Farmers

The Xaverian Missionaries have been working in Sierra Leone, West Africa since the early 1950’s. Today many challenges mark the growing Church in the predominately Muslim nation. Fr. Sudarmanto, one of our Indonesian missionary priests, shares his experience. Like Advent that marks time in faith, so too the rainy season in many countries that mark time to gather food from the farms, feed families, and rejoice in God’s creation. BY FR. FX SUDARMANTO, SX. Most people of Mongo Bendugu, including…

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Interfaith Opportunities for Christians at Advent

Interfaith Opportunities for Christians at Advent

The Interfaith Observer, one of the most important resources for interfaith dialogue today in the United States, recently featured a useful blog post from Vicki Garlock on interfaith opportunities for Christians at Advent. Although Advent is a special Christian period of expectation and hope, it is also a time to seek common ground with people’s of other faiths. The Advent/Christmas time offers many chances. For Christians, another Advent season will soon be upon us. As one of the quintessential periods…

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Gratitude, stupor and thankfulness

Gratitude, stupor and thankfulness

Fr. Michael Davitti, SX “Nunc dimittis….” and “My soul glorifies the Lord…” Thanksgiving is possible only at the end: when the harvest has been gathered in and when life approaches its end. A glance at the life that has passed, the awareness that we were never alone, that our steps were guided, that we were shielded under the wings of God, Fills the heart with gratitude And the tongue bursts in a hymn of gratitude. Looking back at my life…

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Murder in Burundi: the man who knew too much

Murder in Burundi: the man who knew too much

How the killing of three elderly nuns set the country’s leading human rights activist on a collision course with its most powerful general We share with you a recent investigative report on the background story referring to the murder of three Xaverian sisters in Burundi, Africa two years ago. We are grateful to Jessica Hatcher and the Guardian for this important story.   by Jessica Hatcher On a Sunday afternoon in early September 2014, Sister Bernadetta Boggian drove into the…

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Part I: The Catholic Bleed & Community Outside the Church

Part I: The Catholic Bleed & Community Outside the Church

We will be running a blog series on the departure of our young people from the Church and how we need to understand this as well draw lesson on how we innovate the ways we share Christ with our young people.  We encourage you to accompany us in this dialogue as we spend a few blog posts on this most important matter. Share with us your views and concerns. We will be sharing them in the social media world. Fr. Carl…

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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Fr. Tony Lalli, SX/Monday of the 28th Week The American Poet, Robert Frost, has long been a favorite of mine. In his well-known poem, “The Road Not Taken”, he beautifully reminds us of the necessity to make choices in life: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I /I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference. Today’s lesson from the Gospel according to Luke confirms that message and contains words of warning to people who…

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21st Anniversary of the Murders of Three Missionaries

21st Anniversary of the Murders of Three Missionaries

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 we went on Pilgrimage to Buyengero Burundi where our confreres, Fr. Ottorino Maule SX and Fr. Aldo Marchiol SX, were killed on September 30, 1995. It has been 21 years since their martyrdom along with Katina Gubert, a volunteer lay woman from Italy. As usual, this year, we have celebrated the memorial of their martyrdom by having a Pilgrimage to Buyengero. The parish was founded by father Ottorino Maule on September 7, 1991 when he…

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