This weekend on JustLove, Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Rev. Gregory Carl Chisolm, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo/Resurrection Chapel on peaceful protests. Also on the show is Kami Chavis Simmons, Professor of Law at Wake Forest University about police reform.
No need to watch it to know about it – Football game commercials, blogs, tabloid banners, video clips etc., etc. – both before and after shouted it!
It wasn’t about Will & Kate – they left town and crossed the pond.
It wasn’t Santa Claus, but VS Angels who had come to London town.
The angels had wings – but who noticed.
The angels were dressed in more than Eve in the garden – but not much more.
The chorus of angels out-glittered even the sparkling singers who serenaded them.
The angels excited the crowd with their beauty, vitality, energy & scant attire – choreographed to perfection on a pristine runway.
A spiritual lining in all this – you must be kidding?
Just maybe there is a pause, a prayer, a wish, a dream and a hope:
Can’t we wish,
that the crowds also be excited and inspired — by the beauty that abounds deep within the souls and spirits of so many;
Can’t we dream,
That the more bulky less sought after attire of most – not blind us to the dignity of the person within,
Can’t we hope,
That the rough and crooked roads traveled by the many be made smooth and straight?
Can’t we pray,
That too many sapped of vitality and energy be raised up by smile received or given by and love shared.
Angels – God’s messengers takes many forms and shapes. They dress in different clothes in different styles. They’re not only in heaven or on runways.
Look around you and you’ll surely see some! You may even hear a few singing glory to God and peace on earth.
Want a great way to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and kick off the holiday season?
Check out Msgr. Kevin Sullivan’s invocation at the annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon held at the Waldorf=Astoria on December 8, 2014. Now in its 69th year, this traditional holiday event raises funds in support of the Catholic Charities’ programs that help thousands of needy women and children of all religions throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese.
Hail Mary, full of Grace
Hail Maria, Marie, Miriam and Mara
Hail all Mary’s, and all mothers be hailed and may they be filled with grace.
The Lord is with thee
May the Lord be with all of you here – in particular our honorees, Anna Laffonte and Joyce and Robert Giuffra and their generous family, friends and colleagues; and all our wonderful and generous guests, our Catholic Charities trustees and the executives from our Catholic Charities agencies.
Blessed are thou amongst women
May all women be blessed – especially when threatened, suffering and vulnerable;
For these are times when God’s blessings are most needed and welcomed!
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
May we rejoice as we celebrate once again the blessed birth of your Son in Bethlehem.
But also may the fruit of every Mother’s womb be blessed – not only at birth, but throughout that child’s life.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now
Yes, Mary we do sin, so pray for us now, these days.
Especially now, these days, pray for us when our sins are those of intolerance, divisiveness and yes, sadly at times, even hate. For they allow us too easily to be blind to your presence in others of different races, classes or nationalities.
May our eyes, our spirits and our hearts be opened so that we may see the image of Mary’s son and his father in every person.
And at the Hour of our Death
Not just yet and not too soon – but when that day does comes may the gates of your son’s kingdom be opened wide. May we be brought to that place of peace and justice where every tear is wiped away.
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty – through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Check out the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon slideshow on Facebook.
Confusion; Frustration; Anger; Hurt; Helplessness.
Last night, on my way home from two events in Lower Manhattan, I had more time to reflect as I was caught up in the delays caused by people demonstrating. Let me add something that struck me yesterday.
As we look around us at the big “specks” in our society, let’s not forget to look at the “planks” in the eyes of our own personal and professional lives – in ourselves, our families, our agencies. We need to recommit ourselves to acting in a way that reinforces our belief in the God-given dignity of every person, and abhors the destructive divisiveness when we use differences of race, ethnicity, class, religion to tear us apart.
This morning I found Alicia Key’s We Gotta Pray moving, inspiring and even somewhat comforting to me. Hope you do also.
Let me just share with you my own Advent prayer and hope. Maybe you’ll make it yours too …
- May communities that feel aggrieved finds ways that forcefully yet peacefully express that anger and frustration – also their hopes;
- May the police – so often at the center of these issues, perform their difficult jobs with integrity, sensitivity, understanding;
- May all of us commit to creating a New York and nation in which the differences among us do not tear us apart but that we find ways to foster reconciliation;
- May our hopes for a peaceful and more harmonious New York be rooted in our enhanced commitment to social justice that ensures opportunity and basic necessities for all; and
- May we see in each New Yorker of every race, of every ethnicity, Your image and likeness.
- May we hate and despair less, and love and hope more.
“Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears, which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers,” the pope said in televised remarks in Ankara, Turkey.
Worth hearing and heeding in every church, temple and synagogue every Sabbath…. (KS)
“The pope smiled and waved before entering the Hagia Sophia museum, which dates to the sixth century. The church was converted into a mosque after the 1453 Ottoman conquest, and made a museum in 1935.
From prayer, Christian and Muslim, to museum… not a happy progression! Religion worships a living God, not preserved artifacts. (KS)
GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD…
Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Giving Tuesday, every day –
Especially those days when I don’t feel like it –
That’s when I most need to be able to say thanks
For gratitude itself is a gift.
FOR YOU ARE GOOD…
All the time –
But don’t play hide and seek with your goodness.
Sometimes I’m a little too weary to search
Let me rejoice,
FOR YOUR LOVE ENDURES FOREVER…
Let forever begin this very moment.
As we gather this morning on this eve’s eve of Thanksgiving let us give thanks to God for God is good and his love is everlasting.
Bless the beginning of this day with thoughts and prayers of gratitude for family, friend and colleagues.
Bless the rest of this day and this week with the deeds toward one another that reflect that spirit of gratitude.
Bless our gathering in the prestigious and hallowed place –
The New York Stock Exchange.
We thank you for our host Tom Farley and his colleagues both here in New York and in Atlanta and all our guests and benefactors whose presence and support is greatly appreciated and critically needed.
Almighty God, bless this morning’s testimony to the wonderful synergisms our great country fosters between the diverse sectors of our society to advance the common good.
We thank you for the partnership between Catholic Charities and this exchange and ask your continued blessing upon it.
Almighty God, bless our financial markets, institutions and businesses to drive and strengthen our economy.
And also, bolster the effectiveness and compassion of our charitable institutions in meeting human needs when our economy fails to provide the basics of work, food and home for too many- both in our own country and throughout the world.
Do not curse us with accusatory divisiveness that tears down or rips apart but bless us with a unity that fortifies us to together build a society that is empowering, just and compassionate.
Bless our great institutions – Church, finance and charity — with the integrity that fosters confidence and support.
Do not permit our rapidly changing environment to tempt us with long deceptive expediencies and short well-established values.
And most especially bless those entrusted to the care of Catholic Charities:
The child in need of protection,
The youth needing nurturing,
A family facing hunger or homeless whose crisis needs resolution;
A neighbor with a physical, learning or emotional challenge needing support,
A new American needing to be welcomed and integrated in their new home-
And thousands more of our neighbors – non-Catholic and Catholic alike needing some help and a lot of hope.
And finally, bless the food we are about to share – mindful always of those who are hungry this morning.
And let us conclude where we began;
Let us give thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving week, next week and every week
And especially those weeks when we don’t quite feel like it
That’s when we most need to be able to say thanks…
For gratitude itself is among the first gifts
For God is good – All the time –
And we ask please don’t play hide and seek with your goodness.
Because sometimes I’m a little too weary to search.
So let us rejoice
For Your love endures forever
And let forever begin this very moment.
Thank you. Amen.
On JustLove, listen in as Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Edward Hadas, Economics Editor of Reuters Breakingviews about the spirit of Christmas presents. Learn more about St. Nicholas and a commercial Christmas.
The rich diversity of races all made in God’s image living together in wonderful harmony – not so much!
Some weeks it’s a stretch to celebrate and be grateful for diversity – even with Thanksgiving at hand.
The diversity with which God blessed humankind sometimes seems more a curse – like now.
So this week I’ll not say much. I’ll be sad, upset and angry – at so much.
I’ll duck my head and let others comment.
I’ll say a prayer that God can figure this out – because I certainly can’t.
Maybe I’ll try to hate less, and love more.
On JustLove, listen in as Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Kaitlin Yarnall, Executive Editor, National Geographic about National Geographic’s food initiative. Also on the show is Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. Msgr and Mr. Unanue speak about Goya Gives and their recent donation of 300,000 pounds of food to our Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign.