• Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    DACA Call In Day: February 26

    About 800,000 young Americans brought to United States by their parents as children now face a crisis. Since 2012, Catholic Charities has been assisting these DREAMERS in many ways.  We have directly helped more than 800 DREAMERS to get authorization to work productively, go to college, avoid deportation, maintain family unity, and remain in the United States. I have personally worked alongside these DREAMERS and seen firsthand their industriousness.   They are extremely anxious about the upcoming March 5 deadline imposed by President Trump to end this program.  We read and hear in the media that Congress has become  paralyzed in dealing with this issue. I share with you information from…

  • Commentary,  JustLove

    Hard Work and Sacrifice

    Being great servants makes a nice holy card, but not in real life. There are the C-suites, seats in Church sanctuaries, inner circle tables at banquets, private banking floors, platinum memberships for early plane boarding, etc. These are what we strive for. We were taught by our families to work hard and get ahead. Our schools drive competition to be at the top of class. Thank God – but more precisely thank Jesus. He decided that being on top meant climbing to the top of Calvary’s hill and hanging on a cross so that He could save the world and all in it. He accepted a different way for our…

  • JustLove

    Listen and Trust in God

      It’s not exacerbating to say we have crises with many of our major institutions. This post is not the place for a major expose, but let me just mention a few to make my point. Business: Enron and the sub-prime mortgage debacle; Media: MSNBC, FOXNews, HuffPost & Daily Caller (Yes, now all sides can be upset, but in my opinion neither of those sources can be relied for anything close to accuracy.); Politicians: I don’t even have to mention names; Religion: clergy scandals and inter-religious violence; Education: Poorly educating public school and skyrocketing higher education costs. I think my point is made. But the response it tricky – it…

  • JustLove

    Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

    Did you know the Our Father is about two tweets long. Maybe the reason God wanted us to be short in our words to Him is because he wanted to make sure we left time for him to speak to us. When at a loss for words, use the Our Father. When using our own, keep it to two tweets, pause, let God answer and then another two tweets and pause. You get the point… Tip: Say a short prayer about something you care about (two tweets worth). If it isn’t too sensitive and personal, maybe you could post two tweets. It might help somebody else. Click here for today’s…

  • JustLove

    Learning to Forgive

      Reflection of the Day: So many “religious” mains roads lead to the same answer: love your neighbor as yourself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you; measure out to others as you want to be measured; forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others. I think I get it. But yet on the highway, I am kind of happy when the other guy who sped pass me gets a ticket and at the same time I want mercy for me when I get pulled by the highway police. I do think this is harder for some of us then others and I think for many…

  • JustLove

    Help Others – Feed the Hungry

      Check out the list of food pantries: volunteer, bring some food, say hello to a hungry neighbor in line. Lots to think about and do: “repairing the breach; delighting in the Sabbath; following Jesus; hanging out with sinners.” Plenty to do today, but these are too many for one day – and somewhat complex. We’re going to borrow some of these for another Lenten day. Tip: Remember those who do not have as much as we may have to eat. Make sure to donate food to a food pantry, or simply give food to someone you see on the street today.   Verse: Isaiah 58:8-11 Thus says the LORD:…

  • JustLove

    My Guide to Wimp-less Fasting

      Reflection of the Day: This fasting thing is complicated. If you doubt, check out the first of today’s reading. It’s gotten a bad name in many religious circles and yet it’s made a real surge in some secular ones – go figure. In Catholic circles, in my less than humble opinion, we’ve become whooshes on fasting (I include within fasting what is technically abstinence).   Here’s the “rigorous” demand placed on Catholics for Lenten: Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent no meat. Big deal – only cheese pizza, shrimp, chocolate cake and sushi on 6 of the 40 days. Don’t get me started on those who ask…

  • JustLove

    Hang with God on this Nameless Thursday

    No ashes chocolates, flowers or other give-aways today – not even a name for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday. So just quietly hang with God and rejoice in his invitation to live and love. Click here for today’s reading. Verse: Deuteronomy 30:16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.    

  • JustLove

    JustLove’s Look Forward to Lent 2018

    Mary Elise Zellmer who is the Assistant Director and Region 1 Coordinator of Young Adult Outreach at the Archdiocese of New York will be joining us on the show.  Mary Elise and Msgr. Sullivan will be talking about her work at Young Adult Outreach of the Archdiocese of New York, and how – through various events that the office sponsors – they keep young adults connected with the life of the Church in New York.  Father Ken Sherman who is the Pastor of Saint Ann’s Melkite Catholic Church in Woodland Park, New Jersey will be calling in the studio. Given that this weekend is the last weekend before Ash Wednesday, Msgr. Sullivan and…

  • JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

    JustLove’s Look at the Superbowl, & Catholic Schools Week

      On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about Superbowl  LII and Catholic Schools Week. Dr. Anna V. Ramirez-Adam, who is the Principal of Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic School in the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC will be in the studio.  Dr. Ramirez-Adam and Msgr. Sullivan will be talking about her 35 years of experiences teaching in parochial schools in New York City as well as South Florida, and what – in her opinion – are some of the most essential elements of a Catholic education today. Catholic Schools Week began on Monday, January 28th  and ended on Friday February 3rd Given that this Sunday – February…