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    First Sunday of Lent – The Commandments

    We get gipped with this Sunday’s first reading.  We only get to hear 7 (vv.4-10) of the 29 verses of Deuteronomy 26. We miss some important parts. I cheated and had the lector read verses 1-12. They’re too good to pass up. I recommend you read the whole chapter this first week of Lent.  What’s in it? This chapter contains core elements of the Old Testament. God chooses refugee nomads from modern day Aleppo to form into the Jewish people. These people become slaves in Egypt and then God frees them for the oppression of Egypt. Israel receives and accepts the commandments of the covenant. God makes Israel his own and fulfills…

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    The Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela & Taking Lent Seriously

    On this week’s Just Love episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan takes a deeper look at the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and also talks about how younger people are doing for Lent. Dr. Veronica Zubillaga, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Simon Bolivar down in Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Zubillaga talks to Msgr. Sullivan about the growing humanitarian and political crisis in her native Venezuela and what steps need to be taken to solve the crisis in that country. Kayla Auza is a Sophomore studying International Relations and…

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    Why Practice Lent?

    “Rend your hearts not your garments” the prophet Joel long ago directed. The same theme is directed to us this Ash Wednesday: “Open up your hearts.” Let’s not waste our time on superficial Lenten practices that fail to touch our hearts. Let’s take on and carry out those practices, penances, and deeds in a way that opens up our hearts in three directions – to ourselves, to one another and to our God. The script: pray, sacrifice and help. Why those three? They open our hearts in three ways: prayer – to God; sacrifice – to ourselves; helping – to others. The script is tried and true, and at least…

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    A Shelter for Expecting Mothers and the “Spirituality of Service”

    On this episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about services that help expecting mothers get the support they need, and how we can incorporate service into Lent this year. Christopher Bell is the Founder and Director of Good Counsel, an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities o the Archdiocese of New York that is dedicated to providing shelter and services to homeless pregnant women and their unborn children before, during and after their birth. Chris shares a bit about the 33-year history of Good Counsel Homes and how they continue to support homeless expectant mothers in difficult circumstances throughout their pregnancy, through the birth of their child and beyond.…

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    A Guide to a “Holy 40” Lent

    LENT –  2019 PRAYING, FASTING & SACRIFICING, HELPING AND SERVING AGAIN?  UGH!   DIDN’T WE ALREADY DO THIS?  I WANT TO BE CONTRARY!  – NOT “UGH.” BUT I SAY, THANK GOD FOR ANOTHER LENT. So here’s why: My basic take on Lent – at least this year – is that we need to break the routines of our lives to make room to progress, better ourselves, and in the process, make a better world. Most of the popular fads, trends, training – both the good and bad ones – mean changing for a sustained period in order to “create a better you.”  Let me borrow form a currently popular one –…

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    The 91st Academy Awards and Fashion

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor brings in one of the Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Shorts, and he also talks about fashion as Fashion Week comes to an end. Charlotte Silverman is an Alum of Oakwood High School in North Hollywood, California and a Producer of one of this year’s Academy Award-nominated Documentary Short Films: “Period. End of Sentence.” During this weekend when everyone’s attention is focused on this year’s 91st Annual Academy Awards, Charlotte talks about the story behind how she and her fellow students first conceived of producing the documentary, which chronicles their efforts to assist other young girls going through puberty in rural…

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    The University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and Women in Government

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about equitable and quality healthcare and women in government. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M (Ped.) Ph.D. is a Rwandan pediatrician who serves as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of Global Health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Dr. Agnes talks about the training provided at the university and how it can help change health care around the world. Catalina Cruz is the newly elected Assemblywoman…

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    JustLove’s Valentine’s Day Show: Encouraging Healthy Marriages and the Real History Behind Saint Valentine

    On this week’s episode of Just Love and to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about healthy marriages and the history of St. Valentine. Robyn Cenizal is the Director of Family Strengthening for ICF, a global consulting and services agency, and the developer and Project Director for the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, a Federally-funded, multi-faceted initiative that promotes the integration of healthy marriage and relationship education into the social service delivery system in order to strengthen families and move them to self-sufficiency. Robyn shares some tips on what makes marriages healthy, some core skills on what both partners need to make marriages healthy, and some…

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    Just Love’s Look at Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan takes a look at the human trafficking crisis around the world and how Catholic Charities is helping combat the opioid crisis in New York. Erin D. Phelps is the Strategic Partnership Manager for The Freedom Fund, a London-based non-profit that identifies and invests in efforts to eradicate modern slavery in geographic “hot spots” with high incidences of human trafficking and slavery. Erin shares, not only what modern looks like in practice and who is impacted, but what they can do themselves to help end modern slavery. Megan Robbins is the Community Coalition Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and…

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    Just Love Looks at World Youth Day in Panama & Memorable National Anthem Performances at the Superbowl

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the 14th International World Youth Day taking place in Panama this week, as well as some memorable performances of our National Anthem at the Superbowl over the years. Christopher White is a National Correspondent for the online Catholic news service CRUX. Christopher is reporting on the 14th International World Youth Day taking place this week from Wednesday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 27th. He has attended two previous World Youth Days in Madrid in 2011, and Krakow in 2016 and will be sharing with our listeners his impressions on the ground, and what participants have been sharing with him of…