Category: Social Justice

How Much Do You Value Freedom? Whose Freedom?

All good things are wild, and free. – Henry David Thoreau Why do we prefer to contain them?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime (iPhoneography)

This last week Sister Carla and I accompanied students from Dominican University on a service trip to Tijuana. We stayed at Casa de los Pobres, served the poor there, painted a house, held a carnival for the children in another colonia, and had moving… Continue Reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime (iPhoneography)”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

We conveniently forget what we have been taught. For we read in Deuteronomy 10:19: So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land.” And our President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, Remember, remember always, that all… Continue Reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign”

Love without Borders

On this day when we celebrate our independence – the birth of our nation – I recall to mind the words of the Spanish cellist Pablo Casals:

Loving Our Neighbor . . . the Immigrant

Friday’s Gospel reading is from Matthew 12:28-34 One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love… Continue Reading “Loving Our Neighbor . . . the Immigrant”

Serving the Little Ones

Students from Dominican University in San Rafael traveled to Tijuana, Mexico for a service trip. It was a wonderful experience for all involved. The students exhibited generosity, joy, and a wonderful spirit. One of the places the students enjoyed most was Casa de Cuna,… Continue Reading “Serving the Little Ones”

La Voz de los sin Voz

From Mark 7 we read: Jesus put his finger into the man’s ears . . . and said to him, “Ephphatha!” – that is, “Be opened!” – And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. There… Continue Reading “La Voz de los sin Voz”

King David Acted Despicably

One of the wonderful thing about the Scriptures is that they show our ancestors and heroes as unvarnished human beings. Today’s reading from 2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17 shows King David at his lustful, adulterous, murderous, and most faithless worst. You can read it for… Continue Reading “King David Acted Despicably”

Dominicans for Peace and Justice

When I pray for peace, I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war, but above all that my own country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable. – Thomas Merton We pray for peace. We… Continue Reading “Dominicans for Peace and Justice”

What Do Football and the Church Share in Common?

There’s a common thread that runs through many of the latest news items. I’m just wondering what is it that Football and the Church have in common? Is it that they both have major celebrations on the weekends? Is it that they are both… Continue Reading “What Do Football and the Church Share in Common?”