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Brothers and Sisters,

Blessings!

We are reminded today that we’re commanded to Love One Another.

My 2 cents as a recovering Roman Catholic interfaith minister?

Jesus of Nazareth was about transformation… not unlike Buddha… we have collectively diluted his message over and over and over again.

Christianity and Buddhism need to talk more. Will Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans or Paulists not show us some leadership here toward conversation that leads to change?

Please think about it. Our nation and our world needs to hear you.

if anyone says i love god and hates his brother he is a liar

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American Gun Peace

pray for peaceAs a spiritual person who believes in a power greater than myself and might pray/meditate/contemplate every now and then… I wonder what can I do about gun violence in America today?

I can reframe gun violence to gun peace in my head and heart and soul.

I can resign from the NRA.

I can pray for compromise, negotiation and cooperation between those at the discussion table. I can ask my rabbi, talk with my priest, chat with my minister, counsel with my iman. What do my friends think?

I can demand my politicians stop accepting gun lobby money directly and indirectly regardless of party affiliation. I can help make pro-gun money embarrassing to take and maybe even shameful to consider.

I can advocate for mandatory background checks for all public and private gun sales. Close gun sales loop holes. Register, tax and insure every gun in the USA.

I can write, email, fax, text or call my representatives to support a ban on  AR15’s from civilian ownership and designate them as military weapons of mass destruction.

I can talk about updating the 2nd Amendment to reflect real life today.  Times change. Guns change. People change. Maybe updated rules, regulations and licenses make sense now. Do gun laws need to evolve and update to protect public safety first and constitutional rights, second.

I can boycott corporations who support gun manufacturers directly and indirectly; overtly and covertly.

I can accept that my right to own a gun does not supersede anyone’s right to be safe.

I can meditate a little bit about the fact since 1968 more than 1.3 million Americans have died from gun violence. That’s more than in ALL of the wars in USA history combined.

I can feel anger and pain and confusion. I can get angry. I can be heard. I can get involved through church or community. I can act up and accept gun violence as a bigger problem in the USA than external terrorist threats.

I can accept that God is calling for my thoughtful and compassionate response. I might pray less. I could act more believing that gun violence is a pro life issue. I might examine my conscience, check my moral imperatives and reconfirm my belief in the value of the Golden Rule.

I can demand gun safety and public health law updates now because we deserve to be feel safe and secure. My kids matter… and so do yours.

I can do some or all of this simply because I believe it’s the right thing to do.

Peace be with you!

American Gun Peace

US Catholic Bishops’ DACA Statement

“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.

The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’ (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.

We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.

As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.”

*Sept 5, 2017 – USCCB president and vice-president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles

US Catholic Bishops’ DACA Statement

Interfaith Version of Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi 

(my Interfaith version of a traditional Roman Catholic prayer)

 

 

I am an instrument of peace;

Where there is hatred, I sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, the faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

I do not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that I receive;

It is in pardoning that I am pardoned;

And it is in dying that I will return to my Eternal Source.

And so it is. Amen.

 

 

Interfaith Version of Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi