Monday, August 25, 2014

A GOOD READ

The Founders' Bible: The Origin of the Dream of Freedom by David Barton

American stands at the crossroads of human history, once revered and respected throughout the world for its exceptionalism, a gleaming "city on a hill" as a beacon of enduring freedom, now reviled, its influence reduced, teetering on the brink of disaster.

Urban/Suburban Unity Walk Thursday at 6 pm in Warren, MI

Join me to walk from 8 Mile Road and Van Dyke in Warren, MI., Thursday, August 28, 2014, south to Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at Outer Drive and Van Dyke at 6 pm.

Each step moves us toward the aim of better regional cooperation and jump starting a conversation on an open would of race in this culture of persistent poverty and increasing crime among Blacks that is greater now that when the Civil Rights Movement emerged.

Walk.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Life Is A Long Walk

Life is a trying journey home. 

It can include division, discord and more.

Join Care of the Soul and Companions Counseling Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6 pm for a symbolic trek at 8 Mile Road and Van Dyke in Warren to Outer Drive/Van Dyke in Detroit.

We'll dedicate the walk to veterans and their families, Cardinal Edmund Szoka who led Catholics in Detroit for decades, and those who speak truth to power.

We'll break bread after the walk at about 7 pm in Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral with a pot luck meal and program with  Dr. David Jantz addressing drugs and their effects with a response from Diane Shultz.

The public is welcome.

Call (313) 530 2727 for more information.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunday's Sermon: A Homily - Building On Rock: Who Is Jesus the Christ? Mt. 16

Rock Financial.

Climbing rocks.

Rocky water.

Jesus declared he is the rock on which the church is built.

Today,  however, Peter's faith waivers when Jesus tells of his impending suffering, even death on the cross (as some Christians this minute are crucified, buried alive even,  in Iraq!)

Catholics look here in Matthew regarding the Pope, successor of Peter.

After Jesus is said to be "rock," Peter is challenged to build the Church.

He is.

Really.

A peg in a sure spot, like Eliakim in Isaiah 22.

Like gravity, ground of all being, and, a fixed place, posture, point forever.

Popes are like all of the community of disciples of Jesus, like Francis, our current pope,  (Romans 11), and, any "who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor?"

Papacy is a charism, a gift, a favor and blessing to unite Catholics and the world in this universal Church down through history.

Pope Francis fills the office of "rock" passed on by Jesus from Peter.

A good thing, no?

Sturdy.

Like a rock.

A solid foundation.

For sure.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Detroit-area Chaldeans, Others Decry 'Genocide' of Christians in Iraq

Imam H. Al-Husainny, Rabbi Dorit Edut, others and myself will join in solidarity Friday, August 15 at 4 pm in the Karballa Islamic and Educational Center, 15332 W. Warren/Greenfield, Dearborn, 48126, (313) 729 8035 to show our support for Iraq's plight.

All are welcome.

Join us and let us stand together to declare our appreciation for life.

Fr. Ventline
313 530 2777

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where is the Outrage?

Where is it?

As children, among others are alienated on a mountain, and others beheaded in Iraq, where is the outrage among Christians, others?

When will we rise to stop the violence?

When?

How can we allow such genocide?

And, do we realize that as Christians are expelled and killed by terrorists, and, Christianity is threatened at home and abroad, as Christianity and religious liberty go, so goes this Nation?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Building Up Marriage and Family Is Theme at People's Community Services Center Sunday

By Fr. Lawrence Ventline, D.Min.

Metro-Detroit area residents are welcome to the People's Community Services Center August 17 to learn some skills to build their marriage and family, according to Common Word Alliance leader, Arif Huskic of Hamtramck.

Starting at 4 pm, Mayor Karen Majewski will greet the guests and their family, that includes child care at the site at 8625 Joseph Campau at Danforth.

Refreshments will be served at 6:15, following nine workshops, including Islamic and Buddhists perspective on marriage and family development, ways to fight fair in love and marriage, teens and parents hearing one another, how to find a job and support your family, how to find the right person for marriage, family addictions and alcohol, and maintaining peace in the neighborhood.

Among those leading workshops are Imams Ali Suliman, Mohamed Almasmari and Mohammad Ali Elahi, Revs. David Kasbow and Dharmananda Mahathera, Rabbi Dorit Edut, and Sister Grace Keane.

The event is free.  For more information, call (313) 999 5483, or e-mail, arifhuskic@gmail.com

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