Praying for Peace in the Midst of Unsettled Uncertainty

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I have been offline a lot the past few days. Frankly, I’ve been unplugged in general as we move my youngest back in at college. In a way, there is tremendous comfort in doing things like unpacking boxes of books and laundering musty comforters. I’m normally not super awesome at doing “mom stuff” like this. [Read More...]

CRS Video from Iraq Will Melt Your Heart: Watch, Pray, Share & Give!

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Not many words are necessary to accompany this amazing firsthand look at those impacted by the ongoing crisis in Iraq. Catholic Relief Services’ Communications Officer Caroline Brennan shares from the heart about what is being done to aid those most impacted by the ongoing violence in the region: If you can get past the frames [Read More...]

Peace Prayer Ponderings

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The following is a transcription from my prayer journal entry today, written as I sat in quiet prayer at our parish’s special vigil for peace in Syria. LMH I sit in our silent, cool chapel, trying to pray for Syria but distracted instead by the air conditioning noises and the rumbling of my belly. The [Read More...]

CNS: President Obama, Church Differ on Syria

From Catholic News Service: “Catholic leaders respond to the calls for military strikes against Syria with words of caution and pleas for diplomacy.” In the video, Professor Maryann Cusimano Love underscores the areas where Pope Francis and President Obama agree as well — in the protection of the innocent: the most vulnerable and civilians and [Read More...]

Why One Syrian Pastor Stays

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Religion Today has an amazing post online, quoting a pastor from Syria who expresses why he stays amidst the threat of violence: I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless… They advise me to leave my country … to emigrate. I respond saying: I’m staying … for the church of Jesus … [Read More...]

Chaldean Patriarch Calls Potential US Syrian Military Intervention a “Disaster”

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From News.va: Baghdad – The US-led military intervention against Syria would be “a disaster. It would be like a volcano erupting with an explosion meant to destroy Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine. And maybe someone wants this”. This is what the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I Sako expressed to Fides Agency with regards [Read More...]

Raising Our Voices for Peace in Syria

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Last night, our family sat comfortably in the living room, eating takeout pizza and rewatching Hotel Rwanda. Our Adam, now an 18 year old, remarked on how the devastation had occurred shortly before his September, 1994 birth. I had to admit to Adam that during those bloody days between April and July of 1994, I [Read More...]


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