• Lent

    Sixth Sunday of Lent – Palm Sunday

    Second reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of…

  • JustLove

    Passover and Volunterism

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about Passover and volunteering alternatives to Spring Break. Rabbi Michael S. Miller is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Rabbi Miller speaks a bit about the work of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, as well as the celebration of Passover, which begins on Friday, April 19th – the same day that Catholics and other Christians commemorate Good Friday. Lisa Bowman is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for United Way Worldwide. With Spring Break commencing for colleges across the country and young people will…

  • Lent

    Fifth Sunday of Lent – Do Not Judge

    Gospel: John 8:1-11 (excerpt)Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, and he sat down and taught them.Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery They said to him,“Teacher, this woman was caught committing adultery.Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.And in response, they went away one by one,So he…

  • JustLove

    A Look at Religious Freedom in the Islamic World and a Look at Volunteerism for National Volunteers Week 2019

    In this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about freedom in Islam and National Volunteer Week. Prof. Daniel Philpott, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University and the author of the book “Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today.” Prof. Philpott talks about his finding is his book which examines the status of religious freedom in the world’s 47 Muslim majority countries, and where he sees the Islamic tradition containing “seeds of freedom” that are potentialities for developing a more robust understanding of religious freedom in the Islamic world in the future. Kara Cunnane…

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    Fourth Sunday of Lent – Ambassadors of Reconciliation

    Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Brothers and sisters: Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ  and given us the ministry of reconciliation,  namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,  not counting their trespasses against them  and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,…

  • JustLove

    Opening Day in Baseball

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about theology and baseball and how sports can help us be better people. Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernandez is both a Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry and Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her theological research has concentrated on the connections between sports and theology – and particularly baseball. Dr. Carmen is also a life-long New York Yankee’s fan and shares a bit about those connections between baseball and theology, how baseball follows a rhythm much like the Liturgical Calendar, and some highlights from her upcoming book on the life of legendary…

  • Lent

    Third Sunday of Lent – What’s in a name?

    First Reading: Exodus 3: 13-15 Moses said to God, “But when I go to the Israelitesand say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”God replied, “I am who am.”Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites:I AM sent me to you.” God spoke further to Moses, “Thus shall you say to the Israelites:The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,has sent me to you. “This is my name forever;thus am I to be remembered through all generations.” What’s…

  • Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

    Children with Disabilities and International Down Syndrome Day

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the play “All Our Children” and International Down Syndrome Day. Stephen Unwin is a Theater and Opera Director, a Teacher and writer, and the author of the play “All Our Children,” a play about the often forgotten chapter of the Holocaust: the persecution, sterilization, and murder of hundreds of thousands of disabled people in Nazi Germany from 1939 to 1945. Stephen talks to Monsignor about the few courageous souls that spoke out against these atrocities, and what compelled him to write this play on this topic in the first place. Jeanne Alter is the Executive Director of Kennedy…

  • Lent

    Stand Together NY!

    Tragically, we live in a world in which acts of hatred are being directed toward people of all religions. In recent months, in New Zealand the terror was against Muslims, in Pittsburgh it was against Jews and in Egypt and the Philippines it was against Christians.  On this Lenten Friday, March 22nd, Catholic Charities will be joining with UJA-Federation, FPWA and other communities of faith to show solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters after the horrific massacres in New Zealand. We will gather at several sites throughout New York City and Westchester County to form a ring of peace around several mosques as a sign of solidarity, similar to…

  • Lent

    Second Sunday of Lent – We’re not of this world.

    Today’s second reading: Philippians 3:20-41 Brothers and sisters: Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. Our citizenship may be in heaven, but it is on Earth where we hang out every day. Heaven may be our goal, but Earth is the rocky path we’re on. Jesus contributes to our “ambiguous” state.  He told us as he was leaving, that we were staying.  He dropped a nice phrase for us to deal with: “You’re…