Posts filed under: Other Observances

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”...
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....
The celebration of Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th to January 1st. During these days after Christmas let us celebrate with our sisters and brothers of African heritage.  Let us recognize and be grateful for their gifts, let us renounce racism, and let us all work together for justice.   ...
Thanksgiving is an important feast because it reminds us of the imperative of gratitude.  Our God is a generous God and all that we have is gift.  Thanksgiving is a feast that reminds us to be present, to stop and appreciate the small things, to recognize our blessings, and to...
For a native-born citizen, patriotism is a natural response. It is reinforced from childhood by the daily recitation in school of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is celebrated with parades, fireworks, music, bunting, and flags. There is much beauty and variety in this land we call home. There are mountains,...
Happy New Year! We welcome the New Year with prayers for peace. Perhaps a good resolution for 2018 would be a commitment to working for peace. Pope Francis delivers his annual message for the World Day of Peace, January 1st. His theme for 2018 is “migrants and refugees: men and...