Saturday, July 11, 2020

Education is the answer ...

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Baltimore, Maryland - Home | Facebook
These are incredibly challenging times. The senseless death of George Floyd has left me shaken, angry, and wondering how yet another black person in America could die in such circumstances. Not since the 1960s have racial and ethnic tensions been so intense. This moment we are in calls for soul-searching, discourse, and action. But what action will make a real difference is the big question. 

If we truly desire to build a more equitable society, an important step is to make sure all children receive a good education regardless of where they live, their race or ethnicity, or their family income. Today, more than half the children attending U.S. public schools qualify for free and reduced-price lunch—the highest percentage ever recorded. The best way to end the cycle of poverty is a good education.

The reason I worked so hard to help bring a Cristo Rey High School to San Diego is because it exclusively serves families of limited economic means, and prepares students for the professional workforce. The school is committed to combating institutional racism to help students overcome poverty and prejudice. At Cristo Rey San Diego, 96% of registered students are students of color, with the average family income of $34,000.

It is essential that we remain people of faith, hope, and love. We must recommit ourselves to creating a society where everyone has the possibility of liberty, prosperity, and justice.

In peace,
Deacon Mike Daniels
Board of Directors
CRSD Feasibility Study Co-Chair

Friday, July 3, 2020

54-Day Rosary Novena

The Rosary: A Prescription for Healing – Holy Redeemer Parish
A few years ago, I prayed with a group of friends for 54 days seeking God’s guidance.  Those prayers were answered in an impressive way.  That success gave me a desire to pray another 54-Day Rosary Novena for God's protection for our community during this coronavirus outbreak, for healing of all who have been infected with coronavirus and for God to grant wisdom to scientists to find a cure for this deadly virus - quickly.

We will pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days, without missing a day.
We pray in petition the first 27 days then in thanksgiving the last 27 days.

We have chosen a start date of July 14th because it is the feast day of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, “The Lily of the Mohawks.”  Kateri was a Native American woman born in New York.  She seems the ideal person to call to mind as we launch this novena, we end on September 5 the feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

July 14 to August 9 – we offer our petitions to God.

August 10 to September 5 – we offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s response.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. 

Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, one rung of the ladder.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Prayer in Time of Plague

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease. At your command, the sick were made well. O Lord, we need you to come to our aid now, in the midst of the coronavirus, that we may experience your love and healing power.

Protect us, our families and homes, our church and region, from this pestilence. Let the Angel of Death pass over our homes. We trust in your saving blood, your healing Word, and your Sovereign will. Heal all those who are sick. May they regain their health and strength.

Heal us from our carelessness, that we may be mindful of the most vulnerable among us. Good Lord, give us strength and courage in this time of uncertainty, sorrow, and opportunity. Show us when to go out, and when to stay in. Deliver us from fear, which hinders us from helping our neighbors. Show each of us how to serve our neighbors in this season, and give us courage to do so. Draw people to a saving knowledge of you.

Comfort and strengthen the families of those who are sick or have died. Defend them from illness and despair. Guide and protect doctors, nurses, researchers, and all who seek to heal and help, thereby putting themselves at risk. Guide the leaders of all nations. Give them foresight to act with wisdom and charity, for the well-being of the people they serve.

Help us to be aware of your presence, Lord, in our distress. Help us to trust in your purposes. Help us to pray with wisdom and power.

Grant us your peace.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Wood-drake « drumtaps

These are times that challenge us to be at peace.
I found this poem today and it soothed my heart. 

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

poet Wendell Berry

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Making an Impact - Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds

This global crisis provides an opportunity to ask questions like:

In what ways is my life impacting the world for good?

Am I living a life that is in line with Jesus’ calling for my life?