Endurance and Hope

Sunday, May 31

This post was provided by Phoebe Lydia Bailey, PhD

 

 

The Work of the Church Is Essential 

by Bishop-elect Deon K. Johnson (The Episcopal Church)

 

The work of the church is essential.

The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.

The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.

The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.

The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.

The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.

The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”.

We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe.

We are the church.

 

Bishop-elect Deon K. Johnson will become the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri on June 13, 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 30

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

 

Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

Bishop Fabre is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 29

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

Father Bryan Massingale, a renowned moral theologian, is publicizing a work of art by Brother Mickey McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, titled I Can't Breathe. In sharing the image, Father Massingale writes, "[McGrath] did this powerful piece that says what words cannot. I offer it to you as a help as we all try to cope with the racist insanity that endangers and kills us."

 

 

I Can't Breathe

by Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS

 

 

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Thursday, May 28

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

As we continue to prayerfully monitor developments in Minneapolis related to the violence against the image of God manifested in the life and dignity of George Floyd, I am sharing Psalm 85. In his statement responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis quoted the promise found in this psalm. You can access his statement here

 

 

Psalm 85

The translation below is from the 1963 Grail Psalms used in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Psalm 85 can be accessed in the online version of the New American Bible Revised Edition.

 

O Lord, you once favored your land
and revived the fortunes of Jacob,
you forgave the guilt of your people
and covered all their sins.
You averted all your rage, 
you calmed the heat of your anger.

Revive us now, God, our helper! 
Put an end to your grievance against us.
Will you be angry with us for ever, 
will your anger never cease?

Will you not restore again our life
that your people may rejoice in you?
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for his people and his friends
and those who turn to him in their hearts.
His help is near for those who fear him 
and his glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness have met; 
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.

The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 27

This post was provided by Patrice Peel-Taylor

 

Charlie Wilson is one of my favorite artists, and his song "Amazing God" is one of my favorite songs. 

- Patrice Peel-Taylor

 

Amazing God

performed by Charlie Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 26

This post was provided by Elaine Weber-Greene

 

When I am desperate for a word from God I always read Psalm 91 for nine consecutive days, then I put the matter in His hands. It gives me a great measure of calm. 

- Elaine Weber-Greene

 

Psalm 91

The translation below is from the 1963 Grail Psalms used in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Psalm 91 can be accessed in the online version of the New American Bible Revised Edition.

 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

says to the Lord: “My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!”

 

It is he who will free you from the snare

of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;

he will conceal you with his pinions

and under his wings you will find refuge.

 

You will not fear the terror of the night

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness

nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

 

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand fall at your right,

you, it will never approach;

his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

 

Your eyes have only to look

to see how the wicked are repaid,

you who have said: “Lord, my refuge!”

and have made the Most High your dwelling.

 

Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.

 

They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread

and trample the young lion and the dragon.

 

Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;

protect him for he knows my name.

When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you,”

I will save him in distress and give him glory.

 

With length of life I will content him;

I shall let him see my saving power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 25

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer

 

Memorial Day 2020


 

Servant of God

Father Emil Joseph Kapaun

 

On April 11, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Father Emil J. Kapaun, a Catholic priest who served as an Army chaplain in the Korean War. He died as a prisoner of war at the age of 35 on May 23, 1951. While Father Kapaun's heroism as a non-combatant is recognized by the Medal of Honor, his heroic Christian virtue is the reason he was declared "Servant of God" in 1993 - the first step on the path to becoming a canonized saint in the Catholic Church.  

 

Korean War Army Chaplain Awarded Medal of Honor

To view the full 20-minute ceremony, click HERE

 

Prayer for Father Kapaun’s Canonization

Lord Jesus, in the midst of the folly of war, your servant, Chaplain Emil Kapaun,
spent himself in total service to you on the battlefields and in the prison camps of Korea,
until his death at the hands of his captors.
We now ask you, Lord Jesus, if it be your will,
to make known to all the world the holiness of Chaplain Kapaun
and the glory of his complete sacrifice for you by signs of miracles and peace.
In your name, Lord, we ask, for you are the source of peace,
the strength of our service to others, and our final hope. Amen.

Chaplain Kapaun, pray for us!

 

Learn more about Father Emil J. Kapaun and the cause for sainthood on the dedicated webpage of the Diocese of Wichita.