Posts filed under: Other Observances

We celebrate the birth of our nation. We know that it is good to appreciate one’s country and to remember what is pride-worthy in our nation. So, take time to celebrate but also take time to be mindful. The strength of our country is found in our values....
The United Nations has declared June 20th as World Refugee Day. We pray that all countries will welcome refugees, those who flee from their homes due to war, persecution, or fear of harm. As citizens of a global community, we are impelled to open our hearts and our homelands....
On Memorial Day it is laudable to pray for those who served in the military and lost their lives. These women and men were called by our country into risk. Therefore, we remember them and pray for them and for their families who have borne the pain of their loss....
Cinco de Mayo – on May 5, 1862 we remember the battle of Puebla in Mexico’s war against France. Let us continue to pray that God will give a greater appreciation of human diversity while reminding us to celebrate that we are one human family....
Science gives us insights into our expanding universe. As people of faith, we search for meaning and ask where to find the presence of God with our new understandings. B. Swimme wrote “Teilhard was one of the first scientists to realize that the human and the universe are inseparable”...
Carter G. Woodson is considered the father of black history month. He was the son of former slaves. Carter noticed and was displeased that the history textbooks ignored America’s black population. In 1926, Woodson developed Negro History Week. In 1976 this week was expanded into Black History Month. ...
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Dr. King, Jr. is best known as a civil-rights leader. His leadership in the movement brought him worldwide attention. His famous march on Washington was in 1964. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964....
The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. Established in 1950, its purpose was to encourage interfaith understanding. Today there are many interfaith movements, and it is necessary to respect and to join with others in claiming our global humanity and saving our common home. ...
January 11 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) to February 8 (Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita) is a month set aside to pray for an end to human trafficking. The month ends on the Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita. She is the patron saint of human trafficking survivors. ...
Each year Pope Francis writes a message for the World Day of Peace. This year with the world so fractured by opposing groups and political parties, he has chosen to talk about the role of good politics. This post has a link to the entirety of the Pope’s message....