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Provincial Leaders of the Franciscan Friars wrote the attached “Franciscan Plea for the Soul of America,” to continue their eight-hundred-year tradition of proclaiming the Gospel. They asked that we reflect upon it and share it widely as a means of marking the Feast of St. Francis this year. ...
This year the fall equinox occurs on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the northern hemisphere. This is a point of perfect balance as is its counterpart the Spring Equinox. Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium.  Our Wiccan sisters and brothers celebrate this time as the festival...
Photo: “Slichot” Prayer by Mark Neyman for Government Press Office / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Yom Kippur  2018 begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18.  This is the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  It is often called a day of atonement and reconciliation.  Jewish people...
Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe. The Rosh Hashanah actually means Head of the Year. This is one of Judaism’s holiest days and it marks the beginning of a 10-day period of a call to repentance and reconciliation which culminates on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)....
We join with our Hindu brothers and sisters and honor their celebration of Krishna Janmashtami, one of the most important festivals in the Hindu world. September second begins a 2-day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, the personification of the divine love of the second person of the Hindu trinity....
Statistics suggest that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.   Most often, the abuser is a partner or a member of her own family.  It is estimated that more than 3 women are murdered each day by their partner.   Domestic violence is the leading cause...
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.The word Hajj means “to intend a journey” which speaks not only to the pilgrim’s journey but also to the Pilgrim’s intention and will.The Hajj re-enacts the farewell pilgrimage of the Prophet Muhammad. Pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy....
On August 8, Dominicans celebrate the feast of Saint Dominic! Dominic is our patron and the founder of our Dominican Order (the Order of Preachers). Dominic was described as joyful and prayerful, one whose preaching challenged the heresies of his day. The Dominican motto is veritas (truth) and it is...
Wednesday of this week, August 1st, is the 2018 Earth Overshoot Day!  The human community will have used in 7 months all the natural resources that Earth can naturally replenish in one year.  We are creating an earth deficit for the next 5 months. Every resource we use for the...
July 31 is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Saint Ignatius was a priest, theologian, and spiritual director who is best remembered and celebrated for two primary gifts to the world – the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Spiritual Exercises. We join our Jesuit brothers in celebration....