July 28, 2019

Rep. Ted Lieu had Border Patrol officials watch powerful footage of what the separations policy is doing to families The American Psychological Association calls family separations “harmful” towards “the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers.” The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for an “end” to the “cruel” practice of family separations This House Judiciary Committee hearing took place on Thursday, July 25, 2019.  Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA 33] showed Chief of Law Enforcement Operations for… Read more

July 25, 2019

Being Catholic and suicidal is a tough gig. I’m sure it’s not much different, if at all, from being non-Catholic and suicidal. Not to say it’s the same thing, just to say that it’s tough. Suicide is no joke, but I might be the first to make a joke of it.  That is to say, suicide is serious: we can’t pretend that it’s not a problem or that one could simply discard or disregard those who contemplate, let alone perform,… Read more

June 20, 2018

You can reunite an immigrant parent with their child! Here’s how. We are raising money for RAICES, the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. For years, RAICES has been working with some of the most vulnerable members of our society to ensure they receive advocacy and fair legal representation. They have two key goals at this time: directly fund bond to allow parents to reclaim their detained children, and ensure legal representation for every separated family and every unaccompanied… Read more

May 25, 2018

USC President Nikias is on his way out, Board of Trustees announce [Full statement below] Board: “Actions will be swift and thorough,” change is needed, patience is requested Three days prior, Board placed “full confidence in President Nikias’ leadership, ethics, and values” Students and faculty have called for Nikias’ resignation over the last week in response to what was described as the outbound President’s lack of action to protect students, loss of “moral authority” in dealing with student health center gynecologist… Read more

March 22, 2018

“Summer in the Forest” is gift—it is an exploration, a discovery, a meditation, a journey to the Divine. It is to be viewed with an open heart—open to the real love and joy manifest in L’Arche communities. We need a revolution of heart to be able to see the humanity we share with our brothers and sisters—a humanity that demands love in every encounter—and Jean Vanier and L’Arche show us the way. Read more

December 2, 2017

I. Some challenges of today’s world 52. In our time humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history, as we can see from the advances being made in so many fields. We can only praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications. At the same time we have to remember that the majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences. A number of diseases… Read more

October 16, 2017

Craft Brewers Seek to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev and ‘Take Craft Back’ The Brewers Association, the parent organization of the American Homebrewers Association, has announced the craft brewing community’s intent to Take Craft Back from Anheuser-Busch InBev by purchasing the beverage-alcohol giant outright. After years of watching Big Beer acquire craft breweries, the country’s small and independent craft brewers have decided to flip the script. The website TakeCraftBack.com is now accepting support from craft beer lovers, with the (crazy?) goal of… Read more

September 7, 2017

Integralism, jansenism, americanism, capitalism – heresies on campus? Why is it such an emotional subject for someone to refrain from recommending his alma mater to others? I don’t often share that I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville – most people don’t even know it exists. For those who do know that it exists, I am usually quite blunt in offering a firm but simple ‘no’ when asked if I would recommend attending the school. Today on Facebook I shared the following: Franciscan… Read more

July 31, 2017

Dear Friends, Our three children (a three-year-old girl and six-month-old twin boys) and I have recently signed up for Father Joe’s Villages’ A Short Walk Home, where we will be walking and fundraising to help end homelessness in San Diego. I’m not sure if you are aware that San Diego has the 4th highest homeless population in the US. Combining that with the lowest rental vacancy rates in the country, our community is seeing more and more people being forced… Read more

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