How did over 1,000 Guatemalans ever get to Postville, Iowa? The answer is an eye-opener on the larger crisis going on because of poverty-driven global migration.
Over on the Huffington Post, Rabbi Michael Lerner -- an Obama supporter in 2008 -- says "Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base."
Yesterday I blogged about the prevalence of suicide involving teenagers, college students, professional athletes and married couples.
Today came this headline in the New York Times: "Four Suicides in a Week Take a Toll on Fort Hood."
Are you in crisis? Please call 1-800-273-TALK
To learn more about suicide, go to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Tonight at 7 the Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery on the South Side Slopes will invite the public to venerate and ask prayers of their former superior, the Rev. Theodore Foley, who died in 1974. The pope declared him a servant of God -- the step before beatification -- in 2007, but his remains weren't accessible for veneration. They now rest in a new sarcophagus next to his old confessional.
"He showed a great love of reconciliation, both as an overall human experience and also as a sacramental experience," said the Rev. Timothy Fitzgerald, a Pittsburgh Passionist who was his secretary in Rome.
For more information, see www.theodorefoley.org.
For an institution that deals so much in symbol, the church has chosen Mother Mary KacKillop as a candidate for canonization who brings with her an unusual and timely depth and richness. MacKillop was an Australian once excommunicated by her bishop for denouncing clerical sexual abuse.
Talk about a saint for our times. Jesuit Fr. James Martin plumbs the implications of the canonization in a wonderful essay on the America Magazine blog.
For the 'news that you thought ended a century ago' file:
The Daily Telegraph in the UK reported yesterday that the First World War will officially end on Sunday, almost a century after the guns stopped firing.
The end of the war comes with the final payment of $94 million from Germany to Belgium and France as mandated in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.
92 years later, another reason to appreciate the devastation and incredible consequences of war.
Mattresses wear out and need to be replaced. What do you do with the old one? You can avoid sending it to the landfill. There is good information about disposing of or recycling mattresses on the Natural Resources Defense Council's This Green Life page.
Suicide is a tragedy. These days newspapers are replete with suicides.
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, has had a "wave" of student suicides.
A report was just issued in which the U.S. military is failing to reduce suicide among the enlisted.
A British rugby star, who tested positive for use of a human growth hormone, just committed suicide.
NCR readers will be seeing some full page ads in the paper for a conference on immigration in San Antonio next Jan 12-14. And if you are a regular to this Web site, you can't miss the colorful banner ad for the same conference at the top of this page. The conference is being hosted by Celebration magazine, the worship resource of the National Catholic Reporter. I am Celebration editor, and I will be writing here in the coming weeks to tell how this conference came about and why I think it could be crucial in the life of the church and for our country as we struggle with the question of immigration reform.