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Remembering August 6th & 9th 1945!

The United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (8/6/45) and Nagasaki (8/9/45), two cities in Japan. It is time to remember, to pray, and to learn the cost of the tragedy of war. Let’s...

Earth Overshoot Day 2019: July 29

Monday, July 29, 2019 is Earth Overshoot Day!  This means that the human community will have used within 7 months all of the natural resources that Earth can naturally replenish in one year.  We are...
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Happy Fourth of July!

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...
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World Refugee Day

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...
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Memorial Day

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...

Cinco de Mayo

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...

Teilhard de Chardin

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...

February is Black History Month

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...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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...

World Religion Day

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...

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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...

52nd World Day of Peace

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...

Celebration of Kwanzaa

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...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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...
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Independence Day – Fourth of July

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....

Happy New Year!

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...