Christmas 2014

xmas2,000 years ago –
A pregnant mom gave birth in a stable. With the
threat of death in her home, her family fled and took refuge in a foreign land.

2014 –
Too many pregnant moms do not have a decent
home or family. Sometimes even children flee alone
to foreign lands to escape drugs, gangs and violence.

2,000 years ago –
A savior was born to bring tidings of comfort and joy
to a world in waiting.

2014 –
Our world still waits for that Savior’s followers to
bring comfort and joy.
2,000 years ago –
Angels sang glory to God and peace on earth

2014 –
Look around you for angels in many different forms,
hear the music and join the chorus –
Glory and peace to God, one another
– and don’t forget yourself.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan

A Prayer to Prepare for Christmas 2014… and Beyond

On the seven days before the vigil of Christmas the Church prays for the Messiah’s coming using Old Testament Prophetic images and titles.   This contemporary 21st century prayer reflects upon the coming Messiah with the same tiles used in the original 8th century monastic prayers.

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The “Bestest” Christmas Party of All…

BOHpartyI really do like Christmas and the time leading up to it – Advent. I admit it’s sometimes hard to keep Advent and Christmas separate.

I was at a great Christmas party with over 1,000 people at the Waldorf. The room was festive as was the attire of the guests. And thousands of women and children benefited from the event.

A week ago a most gracious and generous family hosted a warm Christmas party for family and friends with a magnificent view overlooking the Hudson River. The food and drink was great. I could mention more but let me stop and go to the “bestest” party of the season.

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center Ripple of Hope Award Dinner

As Catholic Charities NY’s executive director, I go to a fair number of benefit dinner events.  Last night I was at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center Ripple of Hope Award Dinner. Over the years, this event has celebrated leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono and Vice President Al Gore for their demonstrated commitment to social change.

While making small talk, a few people asked me why I was there and what my connection was.  The answer is easy.  Catholic Charities is all about social change; our mission is to build a more just and compassionate society.

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Tune In to JustLove to Hear About Peaceful Protests and Police Reform

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Kami Chavis Simmons & Rev. Gregory Carl Chisolm

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.

Hail Maria, Marie, Miriam and Mara

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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.

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Pope Francis in Turkey

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)