Catholics in the USA between Elections and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fr. Carl Chudy, SX On April 26, 2020 President Donald Trump held a conference call with over 600 Catholic leaders including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, our bishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and other leaders in Catholic education. The president identified himself as the “best [president] in […]

What Missionaries Can Teach Us in Post-Christian America

Three things American Christians can glean from our brothers and sisters on international missions. BRYAN LAUGHLIN We are reprinting an article from Christianity Today by Bryan Laughlin’s article which is very relevant for the Catholic Church, and indeed, it is at the heart of how we proclaim Christ in a Postsecular world. Many thanks to […]

The Global Situation: Threats & Opportunities / Scenarios

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STDExecutive Co-Secretary, Commission for Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (USG/UISG)  The current global situation brought about by the pandemic is characterized as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). There is fear, panic and uncertainty in face of an invisible enemy. The virus which started in Wuhan in December 2019 […]

FROM THE PLACE OF HORROR TO THE PLACE OF PRAYER FOR MERCY AND PEACE

Fr. Louis Birabaluge, SX In Burundi, the Xaverian sisters and missionaries have transformed a place of horror into a place of prayer for mercy and peace. It is the house where three Xaverian sisters, of Italian origin, had been murdered. On Sunday September 7, 2014, the bodies of the sisters Olga Raschietti and Lucia Pulici were found […]

St. Guido Conforti: A Heart that Encompassed All the World and Every Culture

“Saint Guido Maria Conforti: a tireless weaver of family relationships among non-Christians. An open, fraternal, tender and solidary heart with every human being in times of distress, tears and death of the Covid 19 Pandemic.” Fr. Luigi Marchioron, SX is a Xaverian Missionary and head of our theology community in the Philippines. Never as now […]

Blessings Meditation by Br. David Steindhl-Rast

In his beloved book 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life, Br. David Steindl-Rast writes, “Blessing, rightly understood, is the invisible bloodstream pulsating through the universe — alive and life-giving.” Each and every moment, we can cultivate deeper awareness of the blessing of simply being alive, greater appreciation for all that works and is sufficient in […]

Rise, Take up Your Mat and Walk in a Pandemic

Fr. Carl Chudy shares a gospel reflection as part of a series during this time when churches and activities are suspended. Protestant clergy friends also share as we rotate our message series together. The other partners in this series are: Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder of First Congregational Church, Rev. Mark Peterson of Christ the King Lutheran […]