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The Hard Thing is to Die for the Miserable & Corrupt

The Hard Thing is to Die for the Miserable & Corrupt

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Recently I read an essay by Gregory Wolfe, publisher and editor of the extraordinary journal, Image: Art | Faith | Mystery, entitled Listening to Silence. Image Journal demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. It is fodder for my own spiritual life in a myriad of ways. Wolfe writes of his encounter with the film by Martin Scorese, Silence, that depicts the early years of Christian…

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Official statement regarding the bombings of the Church of St. Mark in Alexandria and St. George Church in Tanta

Official statement regarding the bombings of the Church of St. Mark in Alexandria and St. George Church in Tanta

With great pride, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, the Church of Martyrs, bade her sons farewell, who were martyred today Sunday April 9, 2017, during the liturgy of Palm Sunday. They were carrying the palm leaves, praying and celebrating the commemoration of the entry of Christ, the King of Peace, to the city of Jerusalem, carrying the message of peace, promising the love and peace to all human beings. The souls of the martyrs have been slain by the hands…

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Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

A pastoral reflection from the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued the following pastoral reflection in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States. The…

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Poetry for Lent

Poetry for Lent

Image: Bradford Johnson, Untitled, 1987. Mixed media. 12 x 28 x 3 inches | Featured in Image issue 25 The journal, Image: Art | Faith | Mystery is an extraordinary resource for all those interested in faith through the contemporary visual arts, poetry and literature. We wanted to feature two poems for Lent from fine poets featured in the current issue. Check out their special page for Lent that essays, poetry, short stories, and visual art. Ash Wednesday, Unshowered Anya Krugovoy…

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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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