April 16, 2014, marked a milestone in my life when I was able to return to my part-time work at Catholic Charities Hawaii after spending three long months of incapacitation waiting for my broken right femur to heal. As a senior service intaker, I respond to calls from seniors 60 and older requesting transportation and housing assistance.
Culture – that illustrious, comprehensive, difficult-to-pin-down term – is at the root of so many discussions today, ranging from those who lament the state of modern media or those who are simply questioning why it’s slightly impolite to directly ask for the time in Japan. What is it, then, that prompts the residents of two neighboring towns in Michigan to join religious orders at a rate much higher than the national average?
John XXIII. How many of you remember him? Well, lest we forget, he was made a saint very recently…celebrating his wisdom and hope for our global future. We need both of those qualities right now. As anyone can see there are very few leaders in our world today whom we could describe as full of wisdom and hope for our future.
In April, I was accepted into the Foster Grandparent Program and was assigned to a kindergarten class at Harford Heights Elementary School, located in East Baltimore. The students at the school were mainly Afro-American with a staff mixed racially and culturally. I noticed some of the blocks surrounding the school seemed quite bleak with boarded-up buildings and houses.
Maryknoll Sisters just received the following letter from our Dominican Sisters in Iraq:
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,
“God’s Mission is a Call to Unity and Love in the Body of Christ”
What comes to you when you hear Haiti? Ordinarily, words of devastation like hopelessness, poverty, backward, victim, and so on.
April 21st was my 84th birthday and a friend called and asked if I was free for lunch. I really thought she and her husband were taking me to lunch, but when I arrived a surprise was waiting for me. Friends from five different parishes were there, how the word got around I have no idea?
It was Mahatma Gandhi who in our times alerted us to Jesus Christ as a non-violent Peacemaker. As peacemakers, we all owe Gandhi a debt of gratitude…as Pax Christi members we received the call of the Beatitudes along with all Christians: Blessed are the Peacemakers…Since the invitation of the Beatitudes even goes beyond Christians, we can understand that all humanity is called to living and acting as non-violent peace