• Lent,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

    Just Love’s Good Friday and Easter Show

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and about Good Friday. Patricia Tursi is the Chief Executive Officer of Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, New York. The center is a home for children and young people with medically complex conditions. Pat talks to Monsignor about what life is like for the young people at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center as well as the situation of aging out after being 21 years old, and what solutions are being proposed to assist these young people who “age out” of care at the Pediatric Center. Stephanie Gabaud is an 18-year-old resident of Elizabeth…

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    Holy Week – Good Friday

    First Reading: Isaiah 53:4-6 Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. We feel a burden lifted when someone takes upon herself or himself one of our tasks. It can be small when someone offers to pick up an item from the…

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    The Masters & Holy Week

    A golfer and a disciple:  Tiger and Peter Many are lauding Tiger Woods’ winning the Masters and calling it the greatest sports comeback stories of all-time. Our age clearly likes to gloat about the things we know about.  (By the way – without taking anything away from Tiger, I’m nominating for that honor Serena Williams’ winning her first official match after giving birth.) Since it’s Holy Week I thought of the disciple Peter as another comeback story.  Didn’t he become one of the great preachers and pastors of the early Church?  And didn’t this happen within 2 months of Peter denying Jesus three times at the time of the crucifixion.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 –…