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Monday, June 24, 2024

Three evangelical ‘founding fathers’ and their complicated relationships to slavery*

‘I’m so sorry.’ Gateway Church holds first services since founding pastor’s resignation
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The megachurch’s main Southlake campus was full on Saturday night and there were protesters outside; Sunday was a different story.

Three evangelical ‘founding fathers’ and their complicated relationships to slavery*
Christianity Today: A new book steers between full condemnation and “men of their time” dodges.

Episcopal Church grapples with ‘transformative role’ in Native American residential schools*
The Christian Century: The Episcopal Church, which was involved in running at least 34 of the schools, has begun to reckon with the outsized role it played in this history.

At least 1,300 hajj pilgrims died during extreme heat, Saudi Arabia says
The Guardian: Riyadh says more than four-fifths did not have permit to make pilgrimage to Mecca, where temperatures hit 125F.

Putin pledged decades ago to conquer the horrors of Islamic extremism. Deadly Dagestan attack again proves he failed
CNN: Co-ordinated attacks were carried out on Sunday in Dagestan’s two main cities, hitting synagogues and churches.

Thursday, June 20, 2024



Although this Sunday's readings all seem very short, due to the number of their words, they really do not lose the greatness that the Word of God carries within itself.

In the gospel of MK 4, 35-41, which among today's readings is the most extensive, it is showing a Jesus who is somewhat impatient to want to reach the "other side of the sea", with the desire to meet others and speak to them of the Kingdom of God. This impatience is in itself Jesus' desire that every human being can have an encounter with God thanks to the message that is announced through Him.

Jesus and the disciples have already boarded their respective boats and are heading towards their destination, which is on the other side of the sea, on the shore; there where others who must urgently listen to the message of the Kingdom of God, but during the journey a terrible storm arises that seems to threaten the safety and integrity of everyone.

It is clear from the image described in the gospel that those who carry Jesus with them have the mission of always going beyond their comforts, going to the other side, to the other shore, going to meet the other. That is where we must offer Jesus and his message so that He may be known and loved. However, this mission is always challenging and full of tests and difficulties, which is represented with the image of the storm. In the end, we disciples must not forget that the Lord goes with us, and if fear, doubt, hopelessness, or a moment of discouragement appears in our lives, let us direct our prayer to Him. Jesus never leaves us alone and He takes control of our circumstances even in the most difficult moments, giving us peace to continue with our mission. Let us trust in our Lord, because Jesus calms our storms.

Fr. Carlos Flores, OSA

Monday, June 17, 2024

Two-thirds of Catholics believe the Eucharist is truly Jesus

New study suggests more than two-thirds of Catholics believe the Eucharist is truly Jesus

A new study has found that 69% of Mass-going Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, calling into question a 2019 study.
Pope Francis: The seeds of the Gospel take time to bloom

Reflecting on Jesus’ parable comparing the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the pope said Christians should have an attitude of “confident expectation” in the Lord.
Colombian bishop warns that deterioration of society is rooted in weakening of the family

In the latest editorial of the diocesan newspaper La Verdad, bishop of Cúcuta in Colombia, José Libardo Garcés invited Christians to reflect on the family.
Civil war in Sudan: What’s happening and why?

Amid the chaos and a complex set of competing political interests, children and the poor have been hit hardest.

SBC legend accused of abuse, is dead at 94

Paul Pressler, SBC legend accused of abuse, is dead at 94
Religion News Service: Pressler was one of the architects of the ‘Conservative Resurgence’ that took over the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1980s and 1990s. He was later accused of sexual abuse.

On Eid al-Adha, Gazans mark another somber holiday amid war*
The New York Times: The Muslim holiday typically involves slaughtering an animal for food for loved ones and the needy, but many in Gaza are going hungry as Israel’s offensive continues.
NPR: Muslims in Gaza pass a somber Eid al-Adha on the brink of famine

Why G7 leaders are turning to a special guest — Pope Francis — for advice on AI
NPR: This is the first G7 summit to feature a pope as an invited participant. But it’s not the first time that Pope Francis has weighed in on this emerging technology and how he believes it should be developed for the good of humanity.

Detroit pastor hosting Trump defends visit amid criticism of conservative events in city
Detroit Free Press: After realizing the opportunity was real, the Rev. Lorenzo Sewell decided to accept, seeing it as a chance to have the voices of marginalized Detroiters heard by a national campaign.

PCA will investigate ‘Jesus Calling’ book*
Christianity Today: The author of the bestseller died last year. The investigation will determine if the book is appropriate for Christians.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

An Open Door: Salvation By Faith

Pope Francis Meets Stephen Colbert and Other Comedians at the Vatican


10 inspiring Catholic quotes about fatherhood

Priest says schismatic Spanish nuns are in state of ‘paranoia’ according to own thesis

Father Jesús Silva of the Archdiocese of Madrid discusses why the schismatic Poor Clares of the Belorado Monastery are experiencing what he calls “paranoia.”
Al Kresta, longtime Catholic radio host, dies at 72

A former Evangelical Protestant who rose to prominence as a radio host before his conversion to Catholicism in 1992, Kresta’s voice was heard on hundreds of radio stations daily via Ave Maria’s flagship program, “Kresta in the Afternoon.” 
Priest and martyr of Communism Father Michał Rapacz beatified in Krakow

Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Michał Rapacz in January. The 41-year-old priest was shot twice by communist authorities on the night of May 10-11, 1946.
Nonprofit announces largest single investment in Catholic school education history

The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation will be donating $150 million to the Big Shoulders Fund to invest the funds in Catholic schools in Gary, Indiana.
10 inspiring Catholic quotes about fatherhood

Whether you’re writing out a Father’s Day card or pondering the great vocation, here are 10 quotes from Catholic figures and writings about fatherhood.

Pope Francis gets laughs at meeting with big-name comedians

Pope Francis gets laughs at meeting with big-name comedians

Pope Francis took the stage in front of over 100 comedians and humorists, including Americans Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien.
Vatican appoints new administrator of Steubenville Diocese amid possible merger

The Vatican has removed Bishop Paul Bradley as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Steubenville, the bishop revealed on Friday. 
Boston Celtics head coach, now in NBA finals, treasures his Catholic faith

A devout Catholic, Joe Mazzulla is in his second season as head coach for the Boston franchise. Here’s how he has publicly expressed his faith over his career.
Update: U.S. bishops apologize to Indigenous Catholics, vow to address ‘unique cultural needs’

In a document on ministering to Native American Catholics the bishops write: “The Church recognizes that it has played a part in traumas experienced by Native children.”
Archbishop Broglio reminds bishops about Church teaching on transgenderism

Broglio’s remarks come less than a month after news broke that a woman identifying as a man was living a religious vocation as a male hermit in Kentucky.

How Baptists and the G.O.P. Took Different Paths on I.V.F.


Here’s what the Christian right wants from a second Trump term