Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Race Relations

Do we need a discussion on race relations?

Clergy met Monday conversing about that while the Hamtramck Police Chief hosted a national documentary crew on police brutality.

Of course it's painful to open this unhealed wound.

Who wants to talk about this festering feeling surrounding this nation?

Leaders need to converse.

That seemed to be among conclusions Monday as clergy met in a Think Tank Theological Reflection session.

Imam Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, MI., mentioned that serious wisdom beyond talk alone is needed now on race relations.

What are the options?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick

Father Bogdan Milosz called me the other days requesting help at the 5 pm Mass in Saint Faustina Church in Warren, Michigan tomorrow.

Of course, my reply was positive.

Healing is always a good thing.

It is.

With so much fracture across the globe, we all could use a dose of God's saving grace.

After all, Jesus "went about doing good and healing" (Acts. 10:38).

He did.

At Mass, those prayed with are nourished with the anointing oil of the sick, the Word of God and the Eucharist, for sure.

The healing power of this sacrament resounds across the globe for all to benefit.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hurrying, Busy Pilgrims

With the holidays upon us, hurry, busy, and more seem to be the signature words as pilgrims rush everywhere, it seems. Is busy and hurry the new addiction? Everyone I meet seems to be in a hurry and in a rush. Makes me wonder how my parents raised seven of us when I never heard them say, "I'm too busy." What gives? Are we so busy? In such a rush?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Everybody's Prayerbook

While occupying the corner at Chene and Lafayette with Good News in downtown Detroit,Everybody's Prayerbook,published by O'Neill D. Swanson of Swanson G. Funeral Home, was widely welcomed by pilgrims, the homeless, and others I met. "How may I pray for you?" I'd ask. People would say, "Get me a job." Then, I'd hand them the prayer book. The foreword to it is remarkable. It is among the best definitions I've seen on praying. "Prayer has been described as conversation with God." A Prayer for the Home Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this house, and drive from it all the snares of the enemy. Let Thy holy angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and may Thy blessing be upon us forever, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. Sharing the ardor of the Gospel is a joy. People engage readily. They are courteous and kind. I love occupying the corner.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Apostle Paul: From Jailer to Jailbird

On the inside looking out...of a jail cell in Macomb County's Jail on Groesbeck at Elizabeth and beyond Michigan.

For many there they look within as they look outside the doors for a fresh take on life.

The Kingdom of God is within.

Them.

All of us.

In Acts 7:58-28:3 1noted is Paul's travail in jail.

Paul wrote to young church, like the many young in our jails today across the globe and in the USA where it is reported that the most jails exist.

Go figure.

From among the greatest enemies to one of the champions of the early Way, long before we were dubbed Christians with Emperor Constantine organizing the apostles.

Prisoners are among the company of Paul, among other Bible characters.

That's hopeful the inmates tell me on Monday while Mass is celebrated there at about 1 pm.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving

Watch out for the two-legged turkeys and the other turkeys I like to jest by way of holiday greetings these days.

People laugh.

I do also.

In a culture of hurry and impatience, the captured turkeys waiting to be roasted have the harder task, no?

Courtesy and civility of the late and revered legacy of Saint Francis of Assissi, Italy emerges as a reminder for me.

Blessed thanksgiving.

A special day.

Everyday.