Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe
Police in Beijing detained 40 member of a Protestant Church on Easter Sunday. Joseph Kun of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said, “For the past five years, the degree of persecution increased with many Christian arrested, sentenced, abused and tortured. There are still bishops and priests in jail and we don’t know is they are still alive. There is no freedom for the underground Catholic Church in China.”The bearded Archbishop of Canterbury, who will stand on his head to get notoriety, has criticized President Obama for the death of Osama bin Laden.
In Mexico City, 60-year-old Fr. Francisco Sanchez Duran was murdered on April 26th. Last year, 162 Mexican priests have received death threats. Cardinal Norberto Rivera said that all their priests live in constant danger.
My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization
Promise Hsu, a member of a Beijing Protestant Church, was arrested for taking part in an outdoor religious service. While in the police car, he continued singing hymns and gave a bible to one of the policemen, He told the judge, “In our hearts, we know that we gather here to worship, and for the sake of worship, we will pay the price.”
(Comment; Love gutsy Christians!)
(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference
No storm can shake my utmost calm while to this rock I’m clinging. Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?
Turning to the Lord God the Father almighty, from a pure heart, as far as our littleness is able, let us give him the most sincere and true thanks, praying his singular gentleness with our whole hearts, that he would be pleased at his good pleasure to hearken to our prayers.
St. Augustineof Hippo (410)
Religion can do enormous good as long as people take religious teaching metaphorically and not literally; as long as people understand that all religions ultimately preach love and service underneath their superficial particulars; as long as people practice their faith open-mindedly and are tolerant of different beliefs.
David Brooks, New York Times Columnist
Every cretin who thinks ontologically will realize that joy is the keystone of our faith. I like your computer site.
What makes you think we lay-folks should meddle in writing theology?
I’m afraid The Joyful Catholic is turning into The Hateful and Bigoted Catholic. I’m truly saddened by your decision to make your blog an anti-Muslim platform.
Reply: Many thanks for your frankness, and I agree I am guilty of showing only the dark side of Islam. However, I think we Westerners have to be aware of the fate of persecuted Christians in the Middle East – just as I want us Americans to be aware of and concerned about our current dramatic division between the rich and the poor. In future blogs, I’ll attempt to show both sides of the Muslim issue.
Chuckle time (thanks to Msgr. Filardi)
When the priest called on a recent widow, she said, “You realize you are the cause of my husband’s death. He had a bad heart and two weeks ago after he had been to confession, you gave him the penance of saying the rosary one day, skip a day and then say the rosary again.”
The priest asked, “How would saying the rosary cause his death?”
“It wasn’t the rosary,” she replied. “It was the skipping that did him in.”
Special Intentions List
As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer. My address is email@example.com. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.
Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Linwood “Skip” Williams, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,
Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,
Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett,
8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Jill Todd
Camilus Musselman, Ed Block, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles, Camilus Musselman, Ed Cole, Bishop Thomas Olmsted,
Jay Parker, William Stephenson, Roger Stoven, Bob Abbott, Denny Kline, Lois Pinkin, Larry Mannino, Cheryl DeSantis, Lenore Sommers
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Laura Marsh, Marie Lyons, John Vaughey,
Christian martyrs in the Middle East, those in refugee camps throughout the world, the Japanese victims of their recent calamity