This week’s JustLove broadcast is focused on Earth Day 2017. Joining the show to talk about this annual event are two guests: Richard Fuller, President and CEO of Pure Earth, an international non-profit based in New York dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries; and David R. Shuffler, Jr, Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Catholic Charities Affiliate.
Msgr. Sullivan and Richard will be speaking about the work of Pure Earth, and how the cleanup of environmental pollution is one global problem that has very achievable solutions.
David R. Shuffler, Jr. will be covering his the South Bronx based youth organization, which is dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods which it serves by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. Msgr. Sullivan and David will be discussing the Infrastructure Transformation work of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and how the group has been instrumental in efforts to revitalize the Bronx River Waterfront and Sheridan Expressway Corridor.
On this week’s broadcast of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin speaks with two guests about Holy Week and Catholic Social Teachings.
Andrew King-Dabs a British television producer and director, and the creator and scriptwriter for “Manchester Passion”- a modern take the Passion of Jesus Christ set to pop music. Andrew’s piece originally broadcast on the BBC back on Good Friday in 2006. Msgr. Sullivan and Andy will be discussing his original vision for “Manchester Passion” as well as its continued resonance as it is restaged in various countries and venues; “The Passion” has since been restaged 6 times in the Netherlands, as well as a major production held last year in New Orleans on Palm Sunday starring Tyler Perry and Seal
On the phone Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS ,Executive Director of NETWORK – the lobby for Catholic social justice inspired by Catholic religious sisters will be joining us. Msgr. Sullivan and Sr. Simone will be discussing the Catholic social justice principles that animate NETWORK’s advocacy as outlined in “NETWORK’S Lenten Social Justice Resources”
It is profoundly tragic that the last day of Lent is referred to as Spy Wednesday after Judas, the traitor who takes his own life in remorse. This makes the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus even more compelling. Out of the depths I cried…. And the Lord heard my cry…
A wise colleague often says, “When climbing the mountain, it’s good to look back periodically and see how far we have come.” Today is the symbolic 39th day of Lent. We’ve come a long way. Only one more day remains of our Lenten discipline before we enter into the great celebrations of our Christian faith.
There is so much humanity in God’s world. Isn’t that the story of creation? As one of the stories goes, it was God’s garden and He made us humans and put us in it. It was a neat place with lots of good things and everything in order. Then things got messed up by “apple-gate” – as I like to call it. After that things weren’t so good and humans had to live in a big bad disordered world outside the garden. God didn’t abandon us, but he made it harder to figure things out by allow things to get pretty messed up and now and then playing “hide & seek” with us. But if we take the time, his presence is always found to be with us.
Sprinters are usually more fun to watch than marathoners. They definitely appeal to my attention span. We need their bursts of energy to inspire us and get us going, but we also need to recognize that most things require more than a sprint. And there is no contradiction between the two. Even marathoners sometimes have to inject a short-term burst of speed into their routine. Lent has characteristics of both in various ways. Lent is a “sprinting period” through the year-long marathon of following the Lord. And it is more than an Ash Wednesday and Good Friday sprint – it’s 40 “long” days of extra praying, sacrificing and charity. So it can appeal to both the sprinter and long distance runner in us.
The powerful trio of guilt, blame and responsibility all occupy the same emotion space in our psyche. Well, maybe not exactly the same, but pretty close. Sometimes they even impersonate one another and engage in identity theft. So here’s how I like see them and separate them. (Note: I’m not saying this is THE way to see them, just my way.) Guilt is what I feel about myself when I do something wrong. Blame is what I impute to another when they do something wrong. Responsibility is what I accept for my actions and their consequences. I am not going to spend a lot of time teasing this out or giving examples. Let’s just think about these differences and supply our own examples. Note: There is a time and place for all three of these, but it’s useful to distinguish.
As it gets closer to Holy Week, we focus more closely on the terrible price that Jesus paid to win our salvation. This is not a “pretty” part of the story of our salvation. It is profound, central and essential. The movie, The Passion of the Christ, a few years ago was a bit too gory for my tastes, but it left no doubt of the human suffering Jesus endured to save us. There are many in our world today who are experiencing similar pain suffering and even death as the hands of terror, persecution and other oppressions. The cross of Jesus provides hope for transformation.
Periodically it’s worth taking time off from complaining about trials and tribulations, worrying about problems and asking for things we think we need. God gets tired and so do we. Both God and we need a break. Now mind you, complaining, worrying and asking are legit – and we better do them a lot, but not incessantly. Reflect on one or two good things that have happened to you recently – even if you are generally going through a bad time. Say a simple thank you God and praise his name. It will make you feel better.
On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with Katie Driscoll, Founder of Changing the Face of Beauty and Kristy Chau, Education Director of the Kennedy Child Study Center, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency.
On the show, Katie Driscoll discusses with Monsignor her founding of Changing the Face of Beauty, its successes so far, and what her hopes are for the future of including people with differing abilities in all facets of the mainstream media.
Msgr. Sullivan and Kristy will be discussing her work at the Kennedy Child Study Center, where she directs all activities at 16 classrooms serving the developmentally disabled, ensuring that each student receives an education that is appropriate for his or her educational, socio-emotional, and physical needs.