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Entries for June 2018

In countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, many face an insurmountable level of violence, insecurity, and lack of economic opportunities. “Join-or-die” gang recruitment policies make life nearly impossible for innocent youth in gang-controlled areas. Corrupt or otherwise inadequate policing fails to protect them. Additional underlying causes for flight including poverty, failed harvests due to environmental degradation and climate change, and a lack of livelihood opportunities contribute to the ongoing “push factors” for why people continue to flee. As a Church and as a nation, we must ...

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Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. "What will this child be?" It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. "What will this child be?" This question is asked as John the Baptist is born. Will he be a priest like his father? Does his strange, unexpected name signal a departure from that inheritance? Could Elizabeth and Zechariah ever have predicted what would be? Under the tutelage of his priestly fath...

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World Refugee Day: June 20

Posted on June 20, 2018

  There are more dislocated people in the world today than at any point in human history, in-cluding the aftermath of World War II. Pope Francis and the Catholic Church throughout the world are calling on the nations to respond to this growing humanitarian crisis with true compassion. This call extends to us here in Norwich, Ct., too. A good way to ponder and pray about the refugee crisis is to visit the web site of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, justiceforim-migrants.org. The pictures you will see and the accounts you will read are strong medicine. Listen to the recorded webinar on World Refugee Day as well.

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World Refugee Day: June 20

Posted on June 15, 2018

The Catholic Bishops of the United States are calling us to learn about immigrants and refu-gees as we prepare to celebrate World Refu-gee Day on June 20th. Here is one of many stories about refugees in our times. For more information and stories about refugees, go to justiceforimmigrants.org. The Central American Minors (CAM) program has pro-vided a legal and safe avenue for children in the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) to access necessary and life-saving protec-tion. Ana is one such child. Ana was only a young teen, living in the Northern Triangle, when the local gang be-g...

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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 09, 2018

  Have you ever felt judged by your family? St. John Paul II noted that the family "is the cradle of life and love" (On the Lay Members of Christ's Faithful, 40). Yet unmet expectations and divergent priorities can cause tension in even the most loving family situa-tions. This is true for us, and it was true for Jesus! In today's Gospel, Jesus has returned home to Naza-reth. A large crowd gathered, and Jesus finds himself facing stiff opposition from his family. This was likely Jesus' large, extended family. The Semitic language has no specific words for extended relatives, so everyone is &quo...

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