• 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…

  • JustLove

    Women in Sports and an RCIA Candidate’s Lenten Journey

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about women in sport and an RCIA candidate’s Lenten journey. Pamela M. Wheeler, Esq. is a lecturer in the Masters of Science Program in Sports Management at Columbia University and the Founding Director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA). To highlight Women’s History Month, Pam shares a bit about her role in the formation of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and its work in assisting women players in gaining rights and benefits, the obstacles women in sports face generally, and what can be done to help address those obstacles. Vito Rinaldi III is an Area Sales…

  • Uncategorized

    First Sunday of Lent – The Commandments

    We get gipped with this Sunday’s first reading.  We only get to hear 7 (vv.4-10) of the 29 verses of Deuteronomy 26. We miss some important parts. I cheated and had the lector read verses 1-12. They’re too good to pass up. I recommend you read the whole chapter this first week of Lent.  What’s in it? This chapter contains core elements of the Old Testament. God chooses refugee nomads from modern day Aleppo to form into the Jewish people. These people become slaves in Egypt and then God frees them for the oppression of Egypt. Israel receives and accepts the commandments of the covenant. God makes Israel his own and fulfills…

  • JustLove

    The Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela & Taking Lent Seriously

    On this week’s Just Love episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan takes a deeper look at the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and also talks about how younger people are doing for Lent. Dr. Veronica Zubillaga, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Simon Bolivar down in Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Zubillaga talks to Msgr. Sullivan about the growing humanitarian and political crisis in her native Venezuela and what steps need to be taken to solve the crisis in that country. Kayla Auza is a Sophomore studying International Relations and…

  • Lent

    Why Practice Lent?

    “Rend your hearts not your garments” the prophet Joel long ago directed. The same theme is directed to us this Ash Wednesday: “Open up your hearts.” Let’s not waste our time on superficial Lenten practices that fail to touch our hearts. Let’s take on and carry out those practices, penances, and deeds in a way that opens up our hearts in three directions – to ourselves, to one another and to our God. The script: pray, sacrifice and help. Why those three? They open our hearts in three ways: prayer – to God; sacrifice – to ourselves; helping – to others. The script is tried and true, and at least…

  • JustLove

    A Shelter for Expecting Mothers and the “Spirituality of Service”

    On this episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about services that help expecting mothers get the support they need, and how we can incorporate service into Lent this year. Christopher Bell is the Founder and Director of Good Counsel, an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities o the Archdiocese of New York that is dedicated to providing shelter and services to homeless pregnant women and their unborn children before, during and after their birth. Chris shares a bit about the 33-year history of Good Counsel Homes and how they continue to support homeless expectant mothers in difficult circumstances throughout their pregnancy, through the birth of their child and beyond.…

  • Lent

    A Guide to a “Holy 40” Lent

    LENT –  2019 PRAYING, FASTING & SACRIFICING, HELPING AND SERVING AGAIN?  UGH!   DIDN’T WE ALREADY DO THIS?  I WANT TO BE CONTRARY!  – NOT “UGH.” BUT I SAY, THANK GOD FOR ANOTHER LENT. So here’s why: My basic take on Lent – at least this year – is that we need to break the routines of our lives to make room to progress, better ourselves, and in the process, make a better world. Most of the popular fads, trends, training – both the good and bad ones – mean changing for a sustained period in order to “create a better you.”  Let me borrow form a currently popular one –…