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    Sports during COVID-19 and the Closing of Yankee Stadium to Fans

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the steps being taken by varsity sports teams in order to protect their players from the pandemic, and he also talks about the MLB’s decision to exclude fans from attending baseball games. Coach Jim Engles is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Columbia University in New York City. As universities contemplate a return to classes this Autumn in our new COVID-19 reality, and sports programs around the country contemplate a return to play, Coach Jim Engles talks to us about how Columbia University is planning on answering some of these questions, and what he thinks the upcoming basketball…

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    The Life and Legacy of President Nelson Mandela and a Virtual Baking Course

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the life and legacy of President Mandela and also looks at “Bake-a-Camp,” a virtual baking class. Prof. Muna Ndulo, LLM is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law at Cornell University School of Law. During this week, when we recall the birth of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, Prof. Ndulo shares a bit about the extraordinary man that Nelson Mandela was, what his legacy is in South Africa and throughout the world, and what that legacy contributes to the movement for Racial Equality today. Brocha Friedman is the Head Baker for the…

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    Tele-counseling during COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement from a Youth Ministry Perspective

    On this week’s episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about tele-counseling and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Dr. Todd Karlin, Psy.D., MSEd. is the Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Services of Astor Services for Children and Families that provides educational and community-based behavioral health services throughout the Hudson Valley and the Bronx. Dr. Karlin shares how Astor Services for Children and Families has continued to provide continuity of mental health care through telehealth services, providing individual treatment, family and group therapy, and psychiatric support services remotely throughout the crisis. Danielle Beckford is an Entertainment Executive with DAB Entertainment LLC and a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo – Resurrection – All…

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    COVID-19’s Impact on Union Workers in the US and Services to Vulnerable Populations

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the impact COVID-19 has had on union workers and also the changes in services to vulnerable New Yorkers. Stuart Appelbaum is the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), a national Union that primarily represents workers in retail stores, supermarkets, food processing plants and supermarkets across the United States. When so many of the workers represented by RWDSU are providing food for all of us under often difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances, Stuart shares the difficulties that workers are currently facing in this crisis, and what lessons we should learn from the COVID-19 pandemic about work…

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    Happy Easter!

    Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8 Brothers and sisters:Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?Clear out the old yeast,so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened.For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Couldn’t we use more sincerity and truth this year? Don’t we have too many in-your-face examples of malice and wickedness? We can feel helpless and paralyzed in the midst of the overwhelming maelstrom that engulfs us.  So perhaps the most hopeful and insightful image is…

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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,…

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    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…

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    The 91st Academy Awards and Fashion

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor brings in one of the Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Shorts, and he also talks about fashion as Fashion Week comes to an end. Charlotte Silverman is an Alum of Oakwood High School in North Hollywood, California and a Producer of one of this year’s Academy Award-nominated Documentary Short Films: “Period. End of Sentence.” During this weekend when everyone’s attention is focused on this year’s 91st Annual Academy Awards, Charlotte talks about the story behind how she and her fellow students first conceived of producing the documentary, which chronicles their efforts to assist other young girls going through puberty in rural…

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    The University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and Women in Government

    On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about equitable and quality healthcare and women in government. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M (Ped.) Ph.D. is a Rwandan pediatrician who serves as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of Global Health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Dr. Agnes talks about the training provided at the university and how it can help change health care around the world. Catalina Cruz is the newly elected Assemblywoman…