It all began the Monday of Holy Week. After my exercises I was literally brought to my knees by a deep pain coming from my left side. I tried to muscle through it for a few hours, but it only grew worse.
In the Anchorage Archdiocese, the Ministry of Safe Environment grew out of the Charter For the Protection of Children and Young People promulgated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002. Since that time, the archdiocese has joined dioceses across the country in promoting April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Here is what Jesus said according to the Gospel of Saint Luke: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” How can this seemingly impossible command ever be accomplished? We can assume Jesus knew how hard this would be.
Can you imagine U.S. children under a tree, shifting as one to follow the shade, for five hours, without a break, to listen to a teacher? And then playing “school” at night? Or waiting in line for up to two hours for the chance to enter a library so they can read a book?
Under the guise of compassion, a physician assisted suicide bill (House Bill 54) has been filed by Representative Harriet Drummond in the Alaska Legislature. This so-called “Right to Die” bill is nothing less than state sponsored homicide. Homicide is the killing of one human being by another.
Christians down through the ages, of course, know this modest parade as the celebration as Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. We remember this singular event in Jesus life year after year by singing hymns of praise and carrying palms in procession much as the early followers of Jesus did.
I pray that your Lenten journey has been fruitful, and that you join us this Holy Week and Easter in celebrating these great moments in the life, ministry, Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus. He still walks among us. Keep following him!
Offering daily health care services at the shelter will improve our health care and emergency services systems across Anchorage. This partnership between Catholic Social Services and Southcentral Foundation will improve the lives of many people. Bold actions, based on evidence and science, must be taken if we are going to make a difference in our world.
On this 5th Sunday of Lent, the readings call us once again to a closer relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel recalls the promise and power of God to raise us from the grave.