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Fr. John Jay Hughes: I've been a priest for 63 years. Celebrating Mass has never gotten old.

The girl caught in the act of adultery and dragged before Jesus may well have been a teenager. She knew the prescribed punishment (imposed only on women): death by stoning. How terrified she must have been. And when, at the end of this terrible story, all her accusers have slipped away and she hears Jesus say, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore,” how grateful she must have been (Jn 8:11).

I have personal reasons for gratitude no less than hers. Sixty-three years ago I knelt before a bishop to be ordained a priest in the Catholic Church. It was the fulfillment of the dream I had had, without a single interruption, from age 12. And not only a dream: I had it in writing. When my high school English teacher told the class to write an essay about “What you expect to be doing in 25 years,” I wrote about being a priest. I told my classmates about my answer, so from age 12 I have been called “Father”—with varying degrees of seriousness. I entered seminary eight years later not to “discern a vocation” (something I would not hear about for another quarter century) but because I was told that was what I must do to get ordained.

Has every one of the 63 years since then been happy? Of course not. That does not happen in any life. All of us must travel at some time or another through the psalmist’s dark valley. For seven years, from 1974 to 1981, I was without assignment and unemployed. Living in St. Louis, Mo., but subject to a bishop in Germany, I was like an Army officer detached from his regiment. The clerical system did not know what to do with me. Those years were hard and terribly lonely. I survived only by prayer.

If you were to ask me, however, whether I have ever regretted my decision for the priesthood, I would reply at once, “Never, not one single day.” I will say it another way. If I had my life to live over again, knowing in advance all the hard and difficult years which lay ahead, would I still choose the priesthood? In a heartbeat! I would change just one thing: I would try to be more faithful.

http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/04/27/ive-been-priest-63-years-celebrating-mass-has-never-gotten-old

A miracle in Israel? Christian, Muslim and Jewish mothers march together

recent small miracle was almost completely ignored by media: thousands of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women walked through Israel, together, demanding peace.

Recently, alongside Israeli singer Yael Deckelbaum, they released the song “Prayer of the Mothers,” in which these women of the three Abrahamic religions claim peace is not only possible but, first and foremost, a duty.

They have been brought together by the “Women Wage Peace” movement, which emerged in the previous burst of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

In this context, in October 2016, Jewish and Arab women launched the “March of Hope” project, which among its many demonstrations brought together 4,000 women (half of them Israeli, half Palestinian) in Qasr el Yahud, in the north of the Dead Sea region.

http://aleteia.org/2017/04/13/a-miracle-in-israel-christian-muslim-and-jewish-mothers-march-together/

At Way of the Cross, archbishop challenges "judgmental" church on single mothers, gay people

“How is it that the church and its institutions could at various times in history, and not only in a distant past , have been so judgmental and treated broken people who were entrusted to its care with such harshness?

“How could we have tried to use the teaching and the merciful way of dealing with sinners to justify or accept harsh exclusion? Think of so many groupings who were misjudged: single mothers who wanted to keep a baby they loved, gay and lesbian people, orphans,” he said.

Dr Martin said Jesus was “demanding in what he expected of his followers” but “he was never a narrow moralist quick to get others to think he was better than them”.

“We can be so judgmental and hurtful towards those whom we decide have failed and those who drift outside our self-made ideas of respectability.”

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/archbishop-challenges-judgmental-church-on-single-mothers-and-gay-people-1.3049199

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book (xpost fm Catholicism/Orthodox grp)

The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

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Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was recently chosen by Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, praises Martin’s writing in his blurb: “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.

http://religionnews.com/2017/04/07/top-vatican-and-us-church-officials-back-new-gay-friendly-book/

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book

The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

...

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was recently chosen by Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, praises Martin’s writing in his blurb: “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.

http://religionnews.com/2017/04/07/top-vatican-and-us-church-officials-back-new-gay-friendly-book/

Poop thrown by chimp at zoo lands on grandma's nose

One West Michigan grandma got an unwanted gift from a feisty chimpanzee over the weekend.

In a video posted to Youtube on Sunday, April 2 by Jacob Mitchell, an energetic chimpanzee at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is seen throwing poop at onlookers.

The 17-second video shows the animal humorously jumping around before flinging feces underhand at the large crowd.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/04/poop-flinging_chimp_at_john_ba.html

From the Gospels to Elizabeth Warren, women nevertheless persist

Stories of persistent women abound in the Gospels. There is the woman in the Gospel of Mark who suffers from excessive bleeding or a hemorrhage. She has endured much at the hands of many doctors, but she has not been cured. Society shuns her as unclean due to the constant presence of menstrual blood. She persists in getting close enough to Jesus to touch the hem of his cloak, believing in Jesus’ power to heal her. Her persistence and faith are rewarded.

There is the Canaanite woman in the Gospel of Matthew, a foreigner, who persists in believing that Jesus can help her daughter. Jesus answers that he was sent only to the Jews. “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs,” he tells her. The disciples want Jesus to get rid of this pesky woman. But she persists: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Because of her faith, Jesus heals her daughter. Her persistence validates Jesus’ redemptive role for those who are not Jews.

There is the nameless woman in the Gospel of Luke, weeping and wordless, who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. She kisses his feet and anoints them with oil. She persists in caring for him, even when Jesus’ dining companions condemn her as a sinner. Jesus forgives her sins, saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

There are the women in the Gospel of John who persist in following Jesus all the way to the foot of the cross when most of his other followers have abandoned him. Among them is Mary, the mother of Jesus, who loves her son with the persistent love we women hold for our children and reflects the parental love that God has for us.

http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/03/29/gospels-elizabeth-warren-women-nevertheless-persist

Cute article about Biden's favorite meme

But just as we imagine Biden has chosen one friend as Best Bud 4-Eva, there is one meme that he adores above all others.

That is, according to his 35-year-old daughter, Ashley Biden.

Ashley told Moneyish, a new personal finance site, that she introduced her dad to the viral memes about him and Obama, and he actually has a favorite. It’s about the two terms they shared:

https://twitter.com/TheDiLLon1/status/788114505624612864

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joe-biden-favorite-obama-biden-meme_us_58c6abdce4b0ed71826e012e

Carinal Tobin leads effort to help man facing deportation

The leader of the state's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese bowed his head and prayed with a man who entered the U.S. illegally decades ago before the man walked into a federal building to face possible deportation, a high-profile example of how religious leaders are responding to recent immigration enforcement actions under Republican President Donald Trump.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Newark archdiocese, led a rally Friday to support Catalino Guerrero, portraying him as embodying the human cost of a broken immigration policy. Guerrero, whose immigration issues began before Trump took office this year, was given a 60-day extension to seek a stay of deportation.

Guerrero, who's from Union City and has four children and four grandchildren, "puts a face" to what is often treated as "statistics or demons," Tobin said before the hearing.

https://www.apnews.com/0573349c4de044c8bd45d966bc0c8a31/Newark-archbishop-leading-rally-for-man-facing-deportation

Cupich to priests: Don't let ICE in without a warrant

"We need to stand together and clearly make it known that the Archdiocese of Chicago supports the dignity of all persons without regard to immigration status," Cupich wrote.

Until there is comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress, he urged the priests to "stand in solidarity with those who live in the shadows."

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials come to Chicago Catholic facilities, they should politely be sent away, unless they have a warrant, Cupich wrote. He urged priests to contact the legal offices of the archdiocese if they are approached by immigration authorities.

While ICE has till now largely spared church facilities from immigration enforcement efforts, there is no legal requirement that they do so. Immigration advocates recently expressed alarm at the arrest of immigrants who had just left a church homeless shelter in Virginia. That incident took place Feb. 8 outside the Rising Hope Mission Church shelter in Alexandria. Six men were taken away by ICE agents at that time.

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/cardinal-cupich-advises-priests-immigration-raids
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