You may remember over the past few weeks, two or three times, the Scripture readings have kind of led us into reflection about who Jesus really is -- that Jesus is son of man, son of Mary, fully human, like us in every way except sin. Totally human with all the emotions, all the need to develop and grow that every human being has. But also that Jesus is son of God raised up in power, the very maker of all the heavens and the earth. Jesus, son of Mary, son of God, profound mystery, and yet this is the very foundation of our whole faith life: Jesus, son of God and son of Mary.
Peace & Justice
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today.
NCR Today: A straightforward, undisputed analysis of offenses in the conflict, whether by Hamas or Israel, will probably be hard to come by. But the U.N. is going to try.
"The match is an occasion for raising funds for solidarity projects, but above all [for promoting] values that draw people together, no matter what their culture or religious creed."
Conversations with Sr. Camille: "The phrase 'There but for the grace of God go I' is alive while we serve these poor unfortunates," says Jack Davis, 76.
Making a Difference: Can the death and destruction of armed conflict ever be justified? For the first disciples of Christ, the answer was a resounding, "No!"
Lt. Col. Oliver North, of Iran-Contra Affair fame, is the scheduled keynote speaker for a Sept. 13 benefit dinner to support the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.
Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, "we have never seen the kind of 'religious cleansing' we are witnessing today," said the head of the region's Franciscans.
"All religious communities must raise their voices against this abomination" being carried out, particularly in Iraq and Syria, by terrorists calling themselves the Islamic State, said Franciscan Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land.
Fifty-three religious leaders and thinkers, including Catholics, asked Obama to "break the cycle of violent intervention" and gave him eight alternate approaches.
Ministry & Mission: Over the past 10 years, Mary Sue Carlson has devoted herself to assisting the poor, not only with money, but by actively recognizing their humanity.