Is it possible to love and pray for those who offend us — even our enemies? Is it possible to suffer and find blessings even in persecution? I know of four people on the way to sainthood in the United States who exude such hope.
My friend’s ministry to the undocumented in prison had led her to befriend this man, who had been beaten and threatened by members of El Shabaab, a jihadist terrorist group based in Somalia. My friend offered her home to the man while he awaits another hearing on his asylum plea.
Planned Parenthood employees had seen many pro-life advocates outside their abortion clinic on Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage. But in late August of 2015, two new figures appeared — a man and woman in unmistakably white medical coats, quietly praying the rosary with a larger group.
The point here is not to review general threats to Christian morality in Alaska but to call attention to a very specific challenge that should be on the radar of all parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, godparents and others in positions of responsibility over today’s youth.
A new atheism is on the rise in the U.S. and it portends dangerous social consequences, according to Dominican Father Justin Gable, professor at Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology of Berkeley. Average atheists “are just not interested in God” the way their predecessors were, Father Gable told Alaskans last month.
There is a new, groundbreaking partnership between Catholic Social Services and hospitals and health care providers in Anchorage, formed with the goals of improving health for the homeless, taking pressure off our health care and emergency services systems, and getting people into permanent housing.
The next meeting, Feb. 12, features a presentation with facilitated discussion on the topic: “What do teens want? Getting teens to talk to us.” The gathering runs 4-5:45 p.m. in Lumen Christi High School, room 109.
Facing the prospect of massive cuts in federal funding, Planned Parenthood in Alaska is pressuring Sen. Lisa Murkowski to support its work, including elective abortions.
Last month, at least nine Alaskan young adults joined 13,000 college-aged students from across the nation for a conference that inspired, challenged and awakened their Catholic faith.