Carmelite brother chose to become homeless

Brother Michael, a postulant with the Carmelite Order, voluntarily embraced homelessness as part of a one-man ministry to those living on the streets

From just looking at Brother Michael Ignatius, one wouldn’t suspect it. But the 61-year-old Carmelite is homeless. For several months, his bed was a bench on a bike path near San Diego International Airport. Later, he discovered that he could get a few hours of sleep every night by taking a round trip on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. And there were times when he was so … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archdiocese encourages parishes to care for foster youth

Office of Life, Justice and Peace celebrating National Foster Care Month by connecting the 298 parishes of the archdiocese with resources to help community of faith learn about ways they can change a child’s life

This month marks launch of Safe Families program at St. Andrew Parish, a collaboration between the parish, volunteers and child care professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. This month the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Life, Justice and Peace is celebrating National Foster Care Month by connecting the 298 parishes throughout the … [Read more...]

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No one is ever turned away

An average of 225 homeless people seek safety and rest on the pews in the sanctuary of St. Boniface church in San Francisco every day

Lack of sleep is one of the most critical health issues for the homeless. An average of 225 homeless people seek safety and rest on the pews in the sanctuary of St. Boniface church in San Francisco every day, thanks to The Gubbio Project. The Gubbio Project was co-founded in 2004 by community activists Shelly Roder and Father Louis Vitale as a non-denominational project of … [Read more...]

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‘Poverty Simulation’ offered by San Bernardino Catholic Charities

In make-believe scenarios, you might be a single mother of two children, or an elderly pensioner living alone, or part of a family living in a homeless center

Many call it a life-changing experience—being part of the gritty reality of poverty. This is what happens when you are part of a Poverty Simulation.  You can be part of such an exercise on Saturday, October 16 at Serrano High School in Phelan, or six weeks later on November 28 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Riverside. A month in the life of someone experiencing … [Read more...]

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Protege of St. Teresa of Kolkata celebrates Mass in Novato

Father Sebastian Vazhakula, the priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute in 1979, reflected on Mother Teresa's love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish

The priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute with St. Teresa of Kolkata in 1979 and later created and mobilized a lay order of the Missionaries of Charity reflected on the new saint’s love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish community Aug. 17. “St. Teresa of Kolkata became a living, walking tabernacle,” Father … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Evidence mounts on the importance of marriage and biological parents

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, children born to single mothers benefit more by having their biological father join them, single-parent families face greater risk of income inequality

Evidence keeps accumulating about the importance of marriage, and the importance of being raised by your biological parents. This should matter to us if we want to live in a society that is truly pro-child and is not in reality organised around the wishes of adults first and foremost. Three articles have just been published that further point to the importance of marriage and … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles County the capital of U.S. poverty

Only 23 percent of California residents are barely getting by

The following comes from a December 2 CalWatchdog article by Chris Reed: The Census Bureau’s 2012 decision to begin releasing an alternative measure of poverty that included cost of living has appeared to have far-reaching effects in California as politicians, community leaders and residents react to the new measure’s depiction of the Golden State as the most impoverished … [Read more...]

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Go west, old man! Go west!

How do you discourage suicide by assisting suicide?

The following comes from an October 6 Careful! blog post by Michael Cook: Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15 yesterday. Assisted suicide had failed in California six times since 1988. But exactly one year ago, on October 6, Compassion & Choices released a superbly-crafted … [Read more...]

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